I try to guide my students toward awareness of the changes they feel in their bodies and in their minds as their practice progresses. That’s where change happens. The superficial – what you or other people see on the outside – is a bonus.
From Richard Rosen’s “The Yoga of Breath”: “How does an inefficient breather breathe? She’s inclined to breathe too shallowly, mostly high in the chest because the diaphragm is stuck, and too fast – she hyperventilates, which makes the flow of breath turbulent. She often breathes through the mouth, which is universally censured because it reinforces hyperventilation, and under extreme stress …
Are you honest with yourself about pain or discomfort in a posture? Do you ignore or push through to potential injury? Do you have a clear sense of your body’s structural limitations and do you embrace the willingness to modify or add props to support them? Honoring the truth about your body and your pain threshold cultivates a safe, stable, honest practice.
Being able to touch your toes is about a common barometer and ultimate goal for back health as there has ever been. In modern postural yoga the pose that involves folding the torso over straightened legs has a name, uttanasana – from the Sanskrit for “intense stretch.”
What are you doing for your Dad for Father’s Day? The occasion reminds me of a post from a few years ago I wrote about men and Yoga. Much of it still rings true for me in my work with private clients. There is an overall pattern to the inquiries I receive from many of you about private instruction: You’re …
The unconscious is a container for everything we have yet to realize in waking life, as well as everything we leave behind, unaddressed, un-realized, repressed. This is our “dark matter,” the shadow of our consciousness.
Doctors who treat Fibromyalgia and who want to offer their patients something other than pharmaceuticals often agree that Yoga, specifically the kindler, gentler approach of Restorative Yoga, offers several benefits:
Have you seen “Enlighten Up?” The documentary that follows one young man’s exploration of Yoga? It’s not a bad movie. I think it probably captures what many Western yoginis feel about their practice and the elusive nature of the relationship between the physical work and its spiritual benefits. One of the bonus features is the extended interview with B.K.S. Iyengar, …
Can we use Jungian concepts about the development of the psyche to further our Yoga practice?
“With the sound OM we say everything.” – T.K.V. Desikachar, The Heart of Yoga: Developing a Personal Practice