Just starting out or looking to fill in some details you skimmed along the way? From the nitty gritty of alignment to meditation and specific breathing practices, learn why your yoga teacher harps on where your knee is (or should!), how breathing can help you focus or relax and why compassion is actually a practice and not just a greeting card sentiment. Learn why seated poses are usually at the end of class and how paying attention to setting up a comfortable seat can make all the difference in your state of mind. From mindfulness to minding your breath, cover the basics here.
The syllable “om” can be chanted to open or close class, as part of a longer chant or on its own, and it is the story of all stories: the beginning, middle and end. Just as Catherine Burns, Artistic Director of “The Moth” Storytelling podcast and hour says in a recent interview in Spirit Magazine, “The process of putting your life in order with a beginning, middle, and end forces you to see cause and effect. And it can actually be empowering to see that you do have more control over your life than you think.”
When you do yoga regularly, your relationship to your body changes. You begin to uncover secrets your body has held for you, truths your body has saved for you and experiences your body has wanted for you. As you begin to experience your body as a partner and a story you can listen to, you begin to realize that you have all sorts of connections you want to attend. The food you put in your body begins to matter. The clothes you place on your back, the mat you face each morning all begin to take on new meaning and importance. The air you so mindfully breathe becomes not only more precious but more interesting and more deserving of your care.
You’ve heard of carbon offsets and credits, but haven’t known in detail what it means or what it has to do with you, much less what it has to do with yoga. Once you’ve practiced yoga long enough, connected to your breath and experienced first hand how intimately your breath, the air around you and your environment are connected you realize that the phrase “We’re all one” is more than a cute thing people say at far out parties.