In my early twenties, I ordered the popular DVD workout series, "Yoga Booty Ballet" out of desperation to get a slammin' hot yoga bod. My only exposure to yoga before this was another exercise DVD, but the Yoga Booty Ballet late night infomercial viewed after a evening of binge drinking had me convinced that I needed this in my … Continue reading Get off my Limb: Why Asana-only yoga is still yoga.
I have this love/hate (Um, okay it's more like 3/4ths hate) relationship with Chaturanga Dandasana. I cannot do it. I could do it at one time, but it seems like another lifetime ago. I was doing it, then I injured my wrist and shoulder, then I quit yoga. One of the biggest reasons I had … Continue reading The Pose is the Vehicle not the Destination
"Practice becomes firmly grounded when well attended to for a long time, without break, and with enthusiasm." --Inside the Yoga Sutras (1.14), Carrera Recently, I've recommitted myself to my practice and all aspects of it. I'm not just doing the physical practice five to six times a week, but practicing pranayama (breathing practices) and meditation too. Getting on … Continue reading With Enthusiasm
I'm homesick. My family is going through some very troubling times, and I can't be there to help. Honestly, if I could be there, I wouldn't really be able to change anything anyway, but my mind says, "Shit, if I could just get down there, we could think of something!" I miss my dad. I feel he … Continue reading Words of Comfort
I was talking to a friend this morning about how she was starting to feel down about her yoga practice. Yoga usually would alleviate her anxieties and frustrations, but now it was just pissing her off. What do you do when the one thing that takes your sadness away becomes the source of your sadness? I've … Continue reading When Yoga Just Pisses You Off…
In my yoga teacher training, I remember the first day we discussed the Yamas & Niyamas (Two of the 8 limbs of yoga). They are ethical guidelines that I think pretty much anyone can agree are worthy endeavors. Tell the truth, don't steal, don't live to excess, be content, have self-discipline. I was on board with this … Continue reading Ride The Wave