My old yoga mat has downed its last dog, I’m afraid, and I’m in the market for a new one.
However, my yoga mat and I have been through so many good (and bad, and grueling, and kiss-my-ass!) times together that I’m not ready to let her go just yet — completely, that is.
Thus, I’ve done some research on how to repurpose yoga mats. Reusing old yoga mats both helps you cut back on your environmental impact and get a few helpful tools around the home.
I mean, win/win, right?
Yes, I know they’re all too common, but I have to admit I love year-end round-up posts. They give me a chance to look back and see what made my readers tick, and they give you a chance to catch up on some of the most popular posts of the year!
Based on Google Analytics, social media reports, and good ol’ fashioned comments, below are the Top 12 Your Body, Your Mind Posts of 2014.
As a practicing yogi, you’d think I’d at least try to embrace all challenges that come my way. After all, among many other things, yoga is all about centering oneself—finding peace and balance both on and off the mat.
Yet, when my yoga instructors suggest headstands, handstands, and other yoga inversion poses, I’m ready to run screaming for the door.
I start feeling panic and anxiety, and later I’m a little depressed that I didn’t give it a try—three emotions yoga intends to reduce, not encourage.
Several times over the past couple of years, I’ve considered getting my RYT 200, i.e. 200 hours of yoga teacher training so I can become a Registered Yoga Teacher. During 2013, I seriously considered it, going so far as to complete the application and start browsing the books I needed to purchase.
Alas, my father began and lost his battle with cancer right before classes started and I wasn’t able to devote the time or money.
Yesterday, I received an email from my favorite yoga studio letting me know they were hosting a 200-hour yoga teacher training starting January 2015.
Naturally, my interest was piqued all over again.
Also naturally, I have my doubts.
Years ago, I used to call myself “doing yoga” when I’d pop in a DVD and breathe and bend when the instructor told me.
These days, I prefer practicing yoga in a class. Sure, I have enough knowledge of certain yoga poses and yoga sequences that I can (and do) practice at home, but overall I make sure to get to a class or two each week.
Robin Williams committed suicide earlier this week.
Say that again, out loud.
Robin Williams — one of the world’s funniest and, despite suffering from depression, seemingly happiest men on earth — committed suicide.
I recently fell in love with Sean Johnson and the Wild Lotus Band. My favorite yoga instructor plays them during every one of my favorite yoga classes, and eventually I started playing them at home while I practice (or work, or clean, or whatever — like I said, I fell in love with them!).
However, there are several other bands I like to listen to as I get my Chaturanga on, and…
…most of them are fairly…eh, I don’t want to say “commercial,” but they’re definitely more commonly heard on the radio than Sean Johnson.
So, given how easy it is to “discover” an old song and give it new purpose, I thought I’d share with you some of my best yoga music! Here are 15 artists I like to play while practicing yoga.
(I’ll even throw in a song or two to get you started )
I’m sort of obsessed with those quizzes seemingly EVERYONE posts on Facebook (c’mon, you KNOW you’ve been guilty at least once), but when this one popped up I knew I HAD to share with my fellow yogis!
It’s Fitness Magazine‘s “Quiz: Which Yoga Post Are You?”, and it only takes a few moments to complete.
I’m not all that surprised at my result: Downward Facing Dog. It’s probably my favorite pose (aside from Savasana, of course, ha!) and one I with which I find myself always striving to challenge myself just a little more.
According to the quiz:
You’re a Downward Facing Dog because you’re very patient and devoted. You’re a grounded individual, but you continue to grow and evolve; you probably have a high self-awareness for which areas in your life need improvement.
Oh, boy. Am I ever!
So, go on! Take the quiz and let us know which yoga pose you are!
Have you ever heard the phrase, “The more you resist, the more it persists”?
One of my yoga instructors used this phrase at the end of class last week. My fellow yogis and I were relaxing in savasana (or, the corpse pose).
The keyword here is “relaxing.”
Among other things, Freeman talks about the importance of breath, practicing mindfulness, and acting compassionately, but the question — and more specifically, answer — that caught my attention was about the 8 limbs of yoga and which ones students tend to overlook…