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“What Is Yoga?” Answering the Misinformed

Michelle Finerty by Michelle Finerty | March 27th, 2014 | 4 Comments
topic: Fitness, Yoga | tags: breath, Iyengar yoga, meditation, mindfulness, power yoga, practice, rodney yee, the benefits of yoga, vinyasa, yin yoga, Yoga, yoga nidra, yoga-for-beginners

If you practice yoga, chances are someone is going to ask you what yoga is and why you do it. I have answered both of these questions time after time over the years and it never ceases to amaze me how much misinformation is circulating, based on stereotypes or without thinking.

I was talking to my brother a few weeks ago, expressing how great yoga would be for my niece who is a very flexible athlete.  His response? “She’ll start yoga when she’s 50 and starts to slow down.” You would think I would have taken this opportunity to inform him of the various styles of yoga available, the mental and physical benefits of yoga for all ages, and the need for an athlete to balance sports strength and power with the flexibility and healing benefits of yoga—but I didn’t. Instead I sat there stunned.

Is Modern Yoga …Yoga?

YOGANONYMOUS by YOGANONYMOUS | January 10th, 2014 | 4 Comments
topic: Fitness, Health & Wellness, Yoga | tags: 8 limbs of yoga, american veda, asana, celina belizan, female body, Jivamukti, modern yoga, practice, rodney yee, union, Virayoga, Yoga, yoga in america, Yoga Journal, Yoganonamous

As any trend, person, ideology, etc. mounts in popularity, it can easily diverge from its original state.

Perhaps this is simply a flexibility that allows for such expansion and appeal to a broader audience. Perhaps it is an imminent fall from grace that occurs once the subject is spread too thin. Yoga today is a $27 billion dollar industry. This is big business and a number that reflects its quick rise in popularity.

Transition with Grace — On and Off the Mat

Colleen Saidman by Colleen Saidman | November 23rd, 2012 | 12 Comments
topic: Green Living | tags: being in a hurry, breath, change, child's pose, chronic issue, coffee, colleen saidman, dark, divorce, grace, headstand, holiday season, Iyengar, light, maha transitions, marriage, menopause, mindful, morning, nature, pranayama, retirement, Richard Freeman, road rage, rodney yee, Roshi Joan Halifax, savasana, seizure disorder, Supta Virasana, thanksgiving, transition

Yoga at summit

In 2006, Rodney and I had the privilege of taking a few classes with Mr. Iyengar. When it came time for Headstand, I informed the yoga master that I didn’t do them — I have a seizure disorder that I always felt was aggravated by Headstands. He told me, in no uncertain terms, to stand on my head now! And I did. I stayed up, and only came down when he said it was time.

By then, the rest of the class had moved on to Supta Virasana (Reclining Hero Pose), and, trying to be a good student, I came down from Headstand and sat right up to join the rest of the class. That’s the point at which he slapped my back and said, “That is your problem, not Headstand: You transition too quickly and mindlessly. I am sure that you do this in your life as well. You never let anything settle in.” Wow, what an acute teaching for a chronic issue!

What Is Hope?

Rodney Yee by Rodney Yee | April 27th, 2012 | 2 Comments
topic: Fitness, Personal Growth, Yoga | tags: balance, be present, emotions, feelings, fleeting, HOPE, hopeless, illusion, joy, light, lose hope, love, moment, rodney yee, Tao, Yoga

Hope Is a Feeling

Hope is a feeling, an internal movement. If seen in its proper context, hope is part of the light of joy and love that is constantly shining through and illuminating the beauty of life — the awesome dance in which we take part. There is no need to feed it or hang on to it as a distraction or a promise. Instead, strive to see it in context with all of the present moment’s thoughts and sensations. It is but a broken branch floating in the middle of the river of the Tao that we can hang on to only momentarily; however, it must not become the totality of our reality.

Gaiam TV: Yoga Comes Home

Rodney Yee by Rodney Yee | April 23rd, 2012 | No Comments
topic: Fitness, Yoga | tags: colleen saidman, Colleen Saidman Yee, exercise, Fitness, gaiam tv, GaiamTV, GaiamTV.com, home yoga program, live yoga class, online yoga, rodney yee, streaming yoga, video library, workouts, Yoga, yoga at home, Yoga Journal Conference

Just back from a day at the Yoga Journal NYC convention where Colleen and I were invigorated with the curious and competent students that we encountered. We also had time to go to the presenter’s dinner and had a wonderful time catching up with our dear colleagues of many, many years.

Visiting the Gaiam booth and helping get the word out about Gaiam TV where all of our many years of yoga programing is now housed was a whirlwind. Being a human sandwich-board is both humbling and slightly intimidating, even after all these years in the media.

Making Time For Yoga

Rodney Yee by Rodney Yee | April 5th, 2012 | 7 Comments
topic: Yoga | tags: asana, breathing techniques, busy, daily yoga practice, exercise, Fitness, joy, mediataion, morning, pranayama, relaxation, rodney yee, schedule, stress, Yoga

Woman in yoga wheel pose with laptop.

Are you crazy busy? Is there hardly a moment to catch a breath? Is your significance tied to how much you work and how much you accomplish?

We must retrain ourselves to be, not just to do; to live, not just work. It can take time and awareness to rewire yourself, but it’s not an impossible task — and you can make a significant headway with 15-30 minutes of daily yoga practice.

Create a Fitness “Play” List

Girlfriend@Gaiam by Girlfriend@Gaiam | February 28th, 2012 | No Comments
topic: Fitness, Weight Loss, Yoga | tags: Debbie Rocker, exercise, Fitness, gaiam tv, GaiamTV, GaiamTV.com, Gwen Lawrence, Jillian Michaels, lose-weight, play list, playlist, resolution, rodney yee, the firm, weight-loss, work out, workout, workout videos, Yoga

Workout PlaylistMaybe it’s cabin fever, or perhaps it’s just all those Girl Scout cookies, but I’m ready for something new in my fitness routine. Aren’t you?

Like many people, I made a resolution to lose weight, and I’ve been keeping up my end of the bargain I made with myself to work out for at least 30 minutes, five days a week. Now I’m ready for something new: a new challenge, a different routine, a never-tried-that-before workout.

Photo Essay: San Francisco Yoga Journal Conference

Elena Brower by Elena Brower | January 30th, 2012 | 4 Comments
topic: Eco Travel, Fitness, Yoga | tags: Amanda Giacomini, Big Sur, California, Elena Brower, heart votive candle, MC Yogi, meditation, photo essay, photography, photos, rodney yee, San Francisco, San Francisco Airport, sunrise, sunset, yoga classes, Yoga Journal Conference, Yoga Room at SFO, yoga teacher, yoga workshop

Elena Brower - Yoga Journal ConferenceThe 9th Annual San Francisco Yoga Journal Conference was January 12-16. What a great way to start the new year! Gaiam was a sponsor, Rodney Yee was the keynote speaker, and yoga blogger Elena Brower was there teaching and sharing her yoga knowledge with hundreds of students and other attendees. Although many of us couldn’t be there in person, it almost feels as if we were, thanks to Elena’s gorgeous photo essay, below. Like what you see? Learn about next year’s event here.
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Enlightenment in the City of Light

Elena Brower by Elena Brower | October 7th, 2011 | 3 Comments
topic: Eco Travel, Yoga | tags: ahimsa, Andrea Boni, Anne Vandewalle, Anusara, Be Love Now, Champ de Mars, City of Light, City Yoga Berlin, cloud shapes, community, David Newbery, Eiffel Tower, Elena Brower, flowers, France, freesias, French, gratitude, Guerilla Yoga, HOPE, International Day of Peace, Kai Hill, light, love, Mahatma Gandhi, Marc Holzman, Paris, puja, Ram Dass, rodney yee, travel, Wall for Peace, White Yoga Session, Yoga, yoga mass, Yoga Planete, yoga-practice

White Yoga Session, Paris

Traveling comes with its own distinct set of trials and truths. If yoga is a practice of equanimity in the face of constant change, that evenness takes on new meaning when we’re far from home.

On October 2, 2011, I led a class of 3,000 yogis, all in white, on the Champ de Mars near the Eiffel Tower’s Wall for Peace to honor Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday and the United Nations’ International Day of Peace.

Whether I’m lost, found, late, early, confused or completely uplifted, Paris offers me lessons on Light — on being light, on absorbing light, on offering light. I’ve been teaching there twice a year for seven years, and my dream of teaching a class about the Light of True Gratitude and Peace in front of the Eiffel Tower has finally come true.

With this photo essay, I honor my beloved city of Light, Paris.

Experiencing “Yoga Block”? How to Get Out of That Pose Rut

Jill Miller by Jill Miller | June 29th, 2011 | 3 Comments
topic: Fitness, Yoga | tags: asana, barbara benagh, boredom, change, creativity, cross-training, exercise, Fitness, gabriella giubilaro, imagination, Jill Miller, Kathryn Budig, muscles, plateau, repetitive, repitition, rodney yee, routine, sequence, Triangle Pose, willy wonka, workout, Yoga, yoga block, yoga DVDs, yoga poses, yoga rut, Yoga Tune Up, Yoga Tune Up®, yoga videos, yoga-practice

Yoga block

Is your yoga practice getting a little stale? Maybe you’ve been going to the same class at the same time each week for the past year. Or perhaps you use a video — the same video — every day. If you’re finding yourself a tad uninspired to get on your mat, you might be suffering from yoga block. And I don’t mean a yoga block “prop,” although if you’re really in a rut then your practice may need a little propping up!