One of the best things about yoga (if not THE best), is that after each practice, you really do grow and you really do transcend into a higher self. You become enlightened by your own abilities and the miracles of your amazing body. You learn, you discover a lot about yourself, and you gain a great deal of humility. When all of this radiates from ourselves, we put peace into our lives and into the lives of those around us.
1. Don’t retire.
2. Floss every day.
3. Move around- Building muscle with resistance training is also ideal, but yoga classes can give you similar strength-training effects.
4. Eat a fiber-rich cereal for breakfast.
5. Get at least six hours of shut-eye.
6. Consume whole foods, not supplements.
7. Be less neurotic- Find better ways to manage when you’re stressed: Yoga, exercise, meditation, tai chi, or just deep breathing for a few moments are all good.
8. Live like a Seventh Day Adventist- Cherish the body. Be focused on family and community.
9. Be a creature of habit.
10. Stay connected.
11. Be Conscientious.
PRACTICE FOR FREEDOM
I love me a good yoga article. I’ve taken chunks of the read for you all to enjoy and benefit from. Take the time to read this- I promise it will provide you with much insight to help nourish your practice. Namaste :)
Establishing stability in your practice creates more freedom in you life.
“I do yoga whether I want to or not,” she said. “That way I reap the benefits that come from my sustained effort over a long period of time.”
Most relationships require this type of sustained commitment to take root and grow. Patanjali describes this idea clearly in the first chapter of the Yoga Sutra in verse I.I4 when he defines what it means to commit to a practice. We are established in practice; that is, the practice becomes a firm foundation for us, he says, when we do it continuously, over a long period of time, with reverence and devotion.
We all do things on a regular basis- certain habits or routines we fall into, deliberately or not. We may drink a certain kind of tea every night before bed, or walk the dog on the same path every day at 4 p.m., or meditate each morning before breakfast. We can turn anything we do into a practice by committing to do it with reverence. Our commitments then become promises we make to ourselves- intentions set toward a nobler aspiration- instead of simply tasks we perform or rules we follow without much thought.
If we practice long enough, Patanjali says, we can create a stable foundation, which, paradoxically, leads to a greater degree of freedom in our lives.
-Christina Sell, Yoga International magazine
“DO I LIKE MYSELF?”
A fellow yogini/instructor had an awesome post, and I thought I would share.
“As long as there is breath in the body, there is life. When breath departs, so too does life. Therefore, regulate the breath.” -Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Ch.2:S.3
“FALL WITH AWARENESS AND ACCEPTANCE.”
-Brian Kest, Power Yoga
The ego can be a strong influence in our practice. It’s perfectly normal to feel disappointment after a pose doesn’t go the way we wanted it to. I mean, who doesn’t want a beautiful, balanced asana, right? But, we all have to remember- yoga isn’t about perfection; it’s about practice.
So you lost balance and stumbled while getting into crescent lunge…so you weren’t able to quite wrap your foot around in Garudasana eagle pose…so you weren’t able to lift the toes and feet in Bakasana…so you had to put your forearm on your thigh in that extended side angle pose…so you had to let that knee touch the mat…that is perfectly fine! Completely okay! :D
Modifying is not a sign of weakness. You are listening to your body and you are not letting the ego take control.
Sometimes, we cloud our minds during a posture and we worry too much about perfecting it; or sometimes, we don’t dedicate our whole being to that moment and breath. All yogis experience a moment like that from time to time, but that is why we call it our yoga practice. Learning to “fall” with acceptance and awareness helps us to grow and improve. Don’t be so hard on yourself, and be gentle with yourself. Yes, you can do that. You are growing in your practice whether you realize it or not, I promise! Wherever you are in your practice, is exactly where you should be. That is a beautiful thing.
Success in a posture comes from presence in every thought, every feeling.