Showing posts from February, 2014

A Pose is Just a Pose

"A kiss is still just a kiss, a sigh is just a sigh. The fundamental things apply as time goes by." What a song rich with meaning. Use its words that never go out of date as an inspiration in your practice of yoga. As time goes by, you will find the depths of yourself emerge through your practice. Your poses are just poses until you think and feel beyond the technical elements of it.

When you approach the mat, step onto it with your established knowledge and an open heart for the new. It's a case of doing and exploring. Your heart opens as you welcome the person who stepped on the mat. It is the beginning of a beautiful relationship each time. Just when you think you know everything about yourself, an epiphany emerges shedding light on something from a fresh perspective.

Yoga is so beyond the physical. It simply utilizes the physical moves to open Pandora's box of self awareness. That's when you start to delve into the sweet part. Just like a cinnamon roll..…

That Dreaded Pose

Strength in Still Engagement

We all have or had them...the pose in yoga we dread. It's ironic since yoga's chief mission is to relax you. Yet, we find a way to dread a particular pose. Mention "pigeon" and you can actually see faces cringe. Or, staff pose...seriously? Sit still with engaged muscles and just breathe? I confess, I have only attempted "side crow" because everyone else was doing it. I just didn't like it.

Why do we have that dreaded pose? Is it too physically challenging? Does it mess with our mind? Why should we expend our energy trying it? Does it really matter? Lots of questions lead to one answer via a question: What do you fear?

Failure to get it? Injury or pain? Impatience of practicing without ego based results? Let's stop asking questions and try a new approach of learning.

Start with Pigeon. It's a hip opener. Hips tend to be tight. Muscle tightness is uncomfortable during the process of expans…

The Yoga Redemption

Latin-Yoga lesson 101:

The Latin root of re means "back" in back to place of origin. Emere is Latin "to gain". Think remember, remind, reiterate, reciprocate...all words referencing to going back to something. An experience, a thought, an intention...sources of redemption.

Yoga can be a path of redemption...gaining back awareness of who you are, were and can be. It is easy to forget who you are. Overload of technology can undermine the gift of using your own mind to think...feel...and question what you assume to be fact. Untamed emotions and self-compromising thoughts energetically accumulate in your body.  It is easier for the mind to settle in a rut than it is to actively get out of it. The mind works hard to find the easiest way to get results. Yoga does not allow laziness, mentally or physically, as an option.

It requires a courageous heart to convince the mind to redeem from the past to move up, out and forward.

Redemption of self requires release of m…