sit up tall and close your eyes. relax the muscles of your face. relax your shoulders. close your mouth and breathe gently through your nose. take a few breaths at your own pace, with your own rhythm and intensity. observe how the breath feels and where it flows, without changing or judging. then, working without … Continue reading quiet breathing
"yoga is just stretching, right?" the goal of the physical component of a yoga practice is to allow the body to 'sit comfortably'.* sounds pretty simple, right? when the body is not functioning optimally, it detracts from our ability to concentrate on things outside of that experience (whether or not we realize it). that's easy … Continue reading stretching the definition
in asana and meditation, the point of focus for your gaze is known as your drishti (dṛṣṭi or दृष्टि). it is important to choose a steady view-point for your eyes as this has a direct effect on your mind. developing a focused gaze is important in working to let go of distractions, withdraw the senses (pratyahara), and … Continue reading focus your gaze
our life experience changes day to day, giving rise to ranges in clarity and engagement. to different extents, we all have 'off days' where things don't feel right -- mentally, emotionally, physically, spiritually. sometimes we can trace the feelings back to a singular point, reason, or series of choices, other times not. in yoga, we … Continue reading ‘listen to the body’ vs. ‘honor the body’
"Humankind stands as a bridge between two worlds. Our greatest moments are when we have met, nakedly and face to face, the reality that saves and transforms, and then express this as part of our assimilating the experience. Our records of such experiences give us a further step on the road. They also give others … Continue reading on meditation
one of my favorite reminders for students in a yoga class is to take time to notice how their body is feeling. often throughout the day, and even in a class, we are simply going through the motions without realizing what is happening throughout. it's as if we are rushing this present moment so that … Continue reading when to feel
welcome to the seemingly never-ending winter -- the time of the year when the days are increasing in length, yet somehow the cold seems to penetrate ever deeper. the dampness in the air produces a chill that is not easily shaken off; coupling this with the wind and low temperatures, trying to stay warm can … Continue reading make your own summer
in yoga, we focus on the breath. while different types of breath can have distinct energetic and physical effects on the body, the only real requirement that we have for survival is that we continue to breathe. what is most commonly recommended in yoga classes is to close the mouth and breathe through the nose. … Continue reading breathe in. breathe out. repeat.