Of the many wonderful things I’ve learned through my yoga practice, some of the best have come from exploring poses and theories that scare me. For some of these poses, the fear has risen up and I’ve acknowledged it, without the need to delve deeper at that time. For others, I’ve moved past the fear with the desire to take up the challenge it presents.
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Yoga helps runners with flexibility, fitness, and focus. It can be restorative and enjoyable for diabetics. Cancer patients use yoga poses to fight nausea and fatigue. Veterans find it beneficial in decreasing PTSD symptoms. Many say yoga is good for the heart.
Yoga is such a gift to all those that have the opportunity to be touched by its unique and special gifts. Opportunity here is the keyword, as yoga is truly a privileged experience that isn’t available to all. There are many individuals and communities of people that, for various reasons, won’t ever be exposed to the healing potential of this practice. This past week, when teaching a yoga class to a group of at-risk, sixth-grade students at a low-income elementary school, I realized just how important it was to gift the experience of yoga to these kinds of groups.
You only live once, creating a model of not enough time — a poverty of time. With a sense of so little time, we become scattered, searching to always have the right answers, the right car, the right job, the right yoga practice, and the right pose.
Have you ever decided to do something momentous, and had no idea what you were jumping into: launching a career, getting married, having a baby, or—even writing a book?
A guest post from Pre and Postnatal yoga and fitness expert, Desi Bartlett.
As I’ve started my spring cleaning rituals around the house and car this year, I’ve realized that I need to add some mental and physical spring cleaning to clear out the old and embrace a sense of peace and renewal within.
Pulling from my yogic practice, I decided to embark on the following three rituals to revitalize and refresh myself:
Signing up for a yoga retreat can be one of the best gifts you can give yourself; or, according to some online reviews, your time away might become your worst nightmare. To make sure that spending time practicing yoga in another environment is a positive experience, visit “Is a Yoga Retreat Right for You?”
Mantras are powerful—so powerful and potentially destructive, in fact, that it makes sense to notice which ones we’ve embedded in our psyches. A lot of mantras are so ingrained that we don’t even realize they’re there, replaying themselves over and over in our heads, creating a rut and defining who we are. I’m talking about mantras like “I am not enough,” or “Nothing ever works out for me,” or “She is smarter,” or even, “I can’t do yoga because my mind is all over the place and I am not flexible and I don’t have time.”