Posts Tagged 'Yoga'

Selfish Saturday: Just maybe…

SLEEP_DHalf-term break has just started. I normally dread holidays, but this time there seems to be a glimmer of hope. A friend recently tried to recruit me into buying a My Yoga Pro lifetime pass through the site’s Kickstarter. After I declined, because I couldn’t afford it (and still can’t), she went ahead and bought me one anyway, ‘for being an inspiration’. It’s true I steered her towards yoga practice over a year ago, but the gesture was much more enormous than the $30 she spent. Now I can save what I was planning to spend on classes, and get much more actual practice out of it all, safely at home and, hopefully, even through the holidays. Thanks, Yvonne. It’s time to do some serious sanity-reclaiming.

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Reinvent Yourself Through Yoga

What does it take to reinvent yourself? Perhaps a better question to start with is, why would you even want to? Sure, maybe you wouldn’t mind shedding a few pounds. Perhaps a bit less stress would be nice too … and no doubt you’d be happy to have a little more free time in your life. But these things surely don’t require a complete personal overhaul, do they?

Nobody is perfect. The main point of our lives here on this earth is not even to attain perfection. It is to learn through our experiences and to use that wisdom to grow, to evolve, and to make changes for the better.

Now that is something that we can all definitely do, can’t we? So why do we often have such a hard time doing it?

Because we get stuck in a rut; stuck in a routine way of thinking and acting.

For instance, you’ve probably driven the exact same route to work everyday for the past five years and never given it a second thought.

What happens, though, when there is road construction one day and you’re forced off of your usual course? Frustration? Anxiety? Do you get downright upset?

Maybe it made you late for work, but that’s not the point here. The point is that there are probably several different ways for you to arrive at your destination on time, but you’ve gotten stuck on one specific route, and you just don’t like to veer from it.

In effect, that’s exactly how we live most of our lives. We’ve gotten used to typical ways of doing things and usual ways of viewing things, and that keeps us from seeing all the infinite possibilities we have all around us in each and every moment.

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How to Be a Great Yoga Teacher

I got a curious response from a yoga teacher to the survey we ran last month asking about your 2 biggest yoga-related challenges. She said ‘If I teach my students enough that they can just practice yoga at home, then I’ll go out of business!’

Ok, within the context of the rest of her email, it was obvious that this comment was made in jest. But the thing is, I have often heard other yoga teachers joking back and forth about this same sort of thing as well.

And you know the saying… ‘Behind every joke is an element of truth.’

Teaching Yoga Has Never Been Easy
Let me start by reminding you that yoga teachers are people too (it’s true!), and they have all the burdens and financial responsibilities that you and everyone else in this modern world have. So us yoga teachers, if we want to put food in the mouths of our children and a roof over their heads too, still have to run a viable business, just like everyone else.

That’s fair enough, right?

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Yoga Will Kill You … If You Do It Properly

It’s important for you to keep your spine straight in the lotus position; you should also keep your eyes closed and focus your attention on your breath in shavasana; and your mind should not wander when you’re performing the reverential salutation to the sun.

The only problem is, none of these things really have anything to do with yoga.

What am I talking about? There’s a little clue scattered throughout all of those statements above…

I’m talking about YOU!

Let me share something with that your yoga teacher may have forgotten to mention. If you’re not working on de-constructing your ego-self, then you’re not doing yoga.

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