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Yoga for Ailments

Rodney Yee by Rodney Yee | October 19th, 2015 | 4 Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Yoga | tags: insomnia, manage stress, rodney yee, stress-relief, Yoga, yoga for back pain, yoga for injury prevention, yoga-for-beginners

Yoga is such a great tool for our everyday life and when used wisely it can also assist in many of the modern day maladies that keep us from knowing the joy that is abound.

Savasana with a Chair and Weight

Colleen Saidman by Colleen Saidman | September 29th, 2015 | No Comments
topic: Detox, Health & Wellness | tags: back-pain, colleen saidman, Colleen Saidman Yee, deepen-your-yoga-practice, exhaustion, recharge, restore, rodney yee, savasana, Yoga, yoga-for-beginners, yoga-practice, yoga-therapy, yoga_positions

Relief for back pain, exhaustion, fuzzy brain and much more!

If you answer yes to more than two of the questions below, then find a chair and grab a sandbag. Tell everyone in the house that you’ll resurface in 10 minutes.

  1. Are you tired?
  2. Are you wired?
  3. Are you lacking in patience?

Variations on a Theme

Rodney Yee by Rodney Yee | September 21st, 2015 | 1 Comment
topic: Gaiam Happenings, Health & Wellness, Yoga | tags: asana, colleen saidman, Colleen Saidman Yee, daily yoga practice, deepen-your-yoga-practice, itunes, rodney yee, theme, vinyasa, Yoga, yoga DVDs, yoga-for-beginners, yoga_positions

Another triangle pose, another sun salutation, another day of yoga, sounds like drudgery to the outsider. So are we all changing to the next fitness fad?  No way! There is never boredom in the ritual because the nuances are forever different and the exquisite flavor keeps being more refined, delicate and delightful.

Awakenings: Turning Ourselves Upside Down

Colleen Saidman by Colleen Saidman | September 1st, 2015 | No Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Personal Growth, Yoga, balance | tags: awakening, awareness, buddha, colleen saidman, daily yoga practice, happiness, life, motivational, rodney yee, Yoga, yoga for life

The Buddha said, “I am not enlightened, I am merely awake.” What does it mean to be awake? Most of us spend our lives in relative states of “un-consciousness.” Sometimes we undergo a big, dramatic, once-in-a-lifetime awakening—such as a near-death experience—or we can occasionally experience subtler awakenings, such as hearing a story that resonates deep in our beings and creates a shift in consciousness.

Stories of a Journey: Yoga for Life

Rodney Yee by Rodney Yee | May 7th, 2015 | 4 Comments
topic: Gaiam Happenings, Inspirational Media, Personal Growth | tags: books, Colleen Saidman Yee, rodney yee, Yoga

Colleen is bent over the computer, squatting in a chair in the morning light at the kitchen table. She is sorting out the stories of her life; sometimes it is just a recalling of events and sometimes it is a cathartic moment that is unearthing a traumatic burial in her body. What a year and a half it has been, my baby writing her memoir yoga solution book Yoga for Life.  Is writing akin to being possessed, especially a memoir where there is a constant exorcism being performed along with eminent exposure? Just like a liberating yoga regime, there is arduous work with momentary flicks of freedom.

Mantra Monday – Know You’re Enough

Colleen Saidman by Colleen Saidman | April 13th, 2015 | 3 Comments
topic: Conscious Living News, Personal Growth, Yoga | tags: Colleen Saidman Yee, mantras, rodney yee

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.”

“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.