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I’m Terrified of Yoga Inversions (& Other Random Confessions)

Thursday, October 30th, 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.


Open Forum for Yoga Teachers: What Made YOU Decide to Teach Yoga?

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

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.


POLL: Are Yoga Apps Replacing Mats in Classes?

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

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 and Death: Dealing With the Physical and Mental Pain

Friday, August 15th, 2014

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.


Best Yoga Music: 20 (Non-Traditional) Yoga Songs to Get Your Downward Dog On

Friday, July 18th, 2014

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 ;) )


Friday Funday: Which Yoga Pose Are You?

Friday, June 13th, 2014

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!


Yoga Lessons: The More You Resist, the More It Persists

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

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.”


Calling All Yogis: Which of the 8 Limbs of Yoga Do YOU Overlook?

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Yoga International recently published an an ashtanga yoga Q&A with seasoned yogi Richard Freeman.

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…

…and why.


Book Review: ‘Yoga Sparks: 108 Easy Practices for Stress Relief in a Minute or Less’

Monday, April 7th, 2014

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Raise your hand if you participated in the 108 Sun Salutations during the Spring Equinox this past weekend.

If you didn’t feel like you were up to it (or, opted not to for physical health reasons such as hip-related problems) or just didn’t have time (don’t get me started on that, though!), fret not: author and registered yoga teacher Carol Krucoff has put together 108 yoga practices anyone with a minute — literally, one minute — can do.

Learn more about Carol below, but for now, let’s talk about her awesome little guidebook, Yoga Sparks: 108 Easy Practices for Stress Relief in a Minute or Less.


My First 108 Sun Salutations Experience: Spring Equinox Version

Monday, March 24th, 2014

The 2014 Spring Equinox fell on Thursday, March 20 this year, but my yoga studio held the traditional 108 Sun Salutations celebration on Friday 21.

We’re flexible like that.

Anyway, this was my first 108 Sun Salutations event. I attended the Winter Solstice event, but my instructor had a different Surya Namaskar event planned for that one.

Like I said, we can get flexible.

So, I was extremely excited — and anxious — to participate in the 108 Spring Equinox Sun Salutations.

Excited because as a yogi who’d yet to participate, this was a big deal for me.

Anxious because, well, as a yogi who’d yet to participate, this was a big deal for me!


 

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