If you’re a serious yoga nerd, travelling, wonderful though it may be, can sometimes create a bit of an issue – where the heck will you fit in your yoga practice? Can you really keep your yoga going amid a week jam-packed with sight-seeing?
Whether you are a yoga teacher who paints on the side, a full-time author who enjoys a weekly class, or a yoga practitioner who’s always wanted to try something creative, you are on the right track with yoga! As connections between the two types of practice reveal themselves to you, they can be cultivated to make yoga one of the most valuable tools in your artistic arsenal!
Somewhere along this path to enlightenment which you call yoga, you forgot that part of the whole point is balance! You’re allowed to have fun during yoga practice, you’re allowed to laugh, and you’re really, really allowed to be present with others in the yoga studio and seek connection even when they veer off the path you thought they should take.
Our society, of course, is fast-paced, product-oriented, and anti-relaxation, but haven’t we yogis already figured it out? Don’t we already live the antidote? We should just feel great! Yet who hasn’t wrestled with the worry that it really is just an indulgence?
I dabbled in yoga for years before it truly got me. A packed class in a university gym turned me off; a great Iyengar studio was too far from my apartment to commit; shoulder stand freaked me out. Frankly, I kind of hated the whole thing, and yet I kept coming back.
You might be attracted to yoga because you think it is an effective form of exercise. Alternatively, you might be drawn to it as a method of stress relief. The fabulous news is that it works both ways!
While everybody can practice yoga in some shape or form, the style of yoga most appropriate for you depends on your own unique shape and form! There is a yoga practice for every body. You just need to see which styles of yoga are for you.
Should yoga make you feel good? The straight answer: not always. While yoga is designed to make the mind and body as healthy as possible, this does not mean that it always enjoyable. Yoga asana should never cause pain, but it can often cause physical and psychological discomfort. As you develop certain tools, you learn how to ease your way through that discomfort.
You may have heard your yoga teacher instruct you to “play your edge,” but did you understand what she meant?
Practice makes perfect, right? But what if perfection should not even be part of the equation when it comes to your yoga practice?