Hands Free and Wrist Free in 30 min

Hands Free and Wrist Free in 30 min

Inversion Free Options provided

By special request, a Hands Free & Wrist Free Yoga flow. No props are needed unless you are inversion free. There’s no wrist bending and the hands are not used.

Cheers to happy hands & wrists! 🥂

This flow has planks, balances, twists, stretches, core work, standing poses, shoulder openers, and hip openers…all hand free and wrist free! A feel-good flow in 30 minutes.

👉 No props unless you want ‘em.
🌟 All levels welcome

If you are Inversion Free, please make sure you have props handy to ensure your head stays higher than your heart.

As always, this flow has some creative ways to be hand free and wrist free. In fact, I found this quote which will now live on my vision board because it is right on the money.

“Life is a continuous exercise in creative problem solving.”

~ Michael J. Gelb

Maybe you feel the same way? If I have a lack of enjoyable problem solving, like making these fun vinyasa flows, I find I get bored, sad, and a little depressed. Although, I’ll admit, the problem solving I don’t like so much adds up too — it keeps life interesting even if it’s not my favorite problem to solve.

Happy yoga-ing! Hope you enjoy this creative vinyasa flow.

   Enjoy! Be well. 
  Remember to breathe. 
🙏🏼Namaste my friends🙏🏼 

Hit me up with any requests for classes via email.
✨Have a wonderful day and I’ll see you next time.✨

25 Minute Full Body Yoga Flow

25 Minute Full Body Yoga Flow

Experienced Level with Inversion Free Opt.

This 25 Minute Full Body Yoga Flow works into a fun, full body standing sequence. Back and arm work lead into a gentle forward fold and calming twists. Inversion Free options are provided; remember to keep the head higher than the heart!

👉 Blocks are helpful for balances and if you’re Inversion Free 
🌟 Experienced Level     
✨ Inversion Free means no downward facing dog, no head stand, no poses where the head goes below the heart.   Great for those glaucoma, cardiac issues, vertigo, acid reflux, or if you just don't like going upside down.

Got more time? Try this next: https://youtu.be/hAfWFk3r3YU

    Enjoy! Be well. 
  Remember to breathe. 
🙏🏼Namaste my friends🙏🏼 

I hope this full body yoga flow got you moving and feeling good.
✨Have a wonderful day and I’ll see you next time.✨

Uplifting Vinyasa Flow & Heart Opening

Uplifting Vinyasa Flow & Heart Opening

Inversion Free Opt – No props

This Uplifting Vinyasa Flow works the body to emotionally lift you up. The simple movement of lifting upward helps bring energy and life into your psyche. Heart opening is the main focus.

After doing this practice, I felt lighter and my energy was elevated. Make sure to do a full Savasana, and if you want to stay longer than the video — do it! You won’t be sorry.

In case you didn’t know, Savasana allows the nervous system, the body, and the mind to properly settle down and recuperate. If you skip it, you may feel jittery or, the opposite, sleepy afterward and will miss out on that ‘Zen’ feeling. I know this sounds kooky that both extremes are possible but I have experienced both on separate occasions without time in Savasana.

👉 No props needed unless you want ’em.
🌟 Great for any level yoga practitioner.
✨ Inversion Free means no downward facing dog, no head stand, no poses where the head goes below the heart. Great for those glaucoma, cardiac issues, vertigo, acid reflux, or if you just don’t like going upside down.

Got more time? Try this next: https://youtu.be/aqR1-cWFlTQ

    Enjoy! Be well. 
  Remember to breathe. 
🙏🏼Namaste my friends🙏🏼

I hope this uplifting yoga flow opened your heart and elevated your mood. Enjoy the sights and sounds of my garden. 🌴🌸🦚

Go-to Yoga Flow for Low Back Pain

Go-to Yoga Flow for Low Back Pain

Hi 👋

It’s been a while since we’ve been together on the mat with a new video. As you may have seen in some of my social media posts, I’ve been working on an online yoga project and in order to make it the very best for you, all my attention and energy has been going into that. The project isn’t ready yet but I miss sharing these videos with you. Happy Yoga-ing!

This go-to yoga flow for low back pain focuses on both stretching and strengthening for a happier low back. Perfect for when you wake up with an unhappy low back or had a long day that ended with low back discomfort.

The deets:

👉 No props needed unless you want ’em.
🌟 Great for any level yoga practitioner.
✨ Inversion Free means no downward facing dog, no head stand, no poses where the head goes below the heart. Great for those glaucoma, cardiac issues, vertigo, acid reflux, or if you just don’t like going upside down.

Got more time? Try this next: How to Open Stiff Shoulders – Inversion Free

Be Well.
Remember to Breathe.
🙏Namaste my friends🙏

Enjoy this beautiful flow whenever you need low back relief.

Hope you enjoyed the sights and sounds of my garden. 🌴🌸🦚

Yoga for Tight Hips for Beginners

Yoga for Tight Hips for Beginners

Inversion Free & Wrist Friendly

Yoga for Tight Hips is perfect for Beginners and anyone with Tight Hips. This is a no standing, inversion free, wrist friendly practice.

🎶👉 Spotify Playlist: https://bit.ly/YogaforTightHipsSpotify

Cow Face Pose, Half Lord of the Fish, and Seated Pigeon are just a few of the poses to encourage tight hips to open. Each pose is explained and variations are offered so you can explore what feels right to you.

Props: Blocks and a yoga strap are helpful but not necessary.

Basics of Bandhas Link: The Basics of Bandhas in a Yoga Practice

Enjoy! Be well.
Remember to breathe.
🙏🏼Namaste my friends🙏🏼

Beginner Yoga Balance Flow

Beginner Yoga Balance Flow

For Concentration and Calmness

Beginner Yoga Balance Flow explores standing balances on one foot as well as seated balances. Each asana is explained and variations are offered so you can explore what feels right to you.

🎶👉 Spotify Playlist: https://bit.ly/BegBalanceFlowSpotify

Balance poses are not only good for our physical strength and balance but also for concentration, calmness, and a sense of feeling grounded.

Warrior 3, Eagle Pose, and Half Moon Balance are just a few of the balance poses explored in this flow. We start with some grounding warm ups to prep the body and mind to execute the full variations of the poses.

Props are optional: Yoga Blocks, a chair, or a wall may be helpful but not necessary.

✨Try this to Improve your Shoulder Flexibility: How to Open Stiff Shoulders – Inversion Free

Enjoy! Be well.
Remember to breathe.
🙏🏼Namaste my friends🙏🏼

Beginners Standing Yoga Flow in 29 min – Wrist Free Opt

Beginners Standing Yoga Flow in 29 min – Wrist Free Opt

Beginners Standing Yoga Flow moves through standing poses with two feet on the mat & some pranayama. Pose alignment isn’t the same for all; variations are offered so you can find what works for YOU.

🎶👉 Spotify Playlist: https://bit.ly/BegStandingYoga28minSpotify

Your wrists get a break in this flow. Skip the Down Dog and take Childs Pose instead.

Guess what? There’s no vinyasas in this flow…it’s called a vinyasa flow because the movement aligns with the breath.

Half Sun Salutations, Warriors 1 & 2, Goddess, and Extend Side Angle are just a few of the poses in this flow. Each pose is explained and variations are offered so you can explore what feels right to you.

No props needed unless you want ‘em!

I talk about using Uddiyana Bandha in this practice…learn more about it: The Basics of Bandhas in a Yoga Practice.

Make sure to try this Beginner/Newbie practice 👉 How to Open Stiff Shoulders – Inversion Free

Enjoy! Be well.
Remember to breathe.
🙏🏼Namaste my friends🙏🏼

Leg Day Vinyasa Flow #2 – Feel the Burn

Leg Day Vinyasa Flow #2 – Feel the Burn

Ballet Infused, Inversion Free, Weight Loss Support

🎶👉 Spotify playlist: https://bit.ly/LegDayVinyasaFlow2Spotify

Leg Day Vinyasa Flow #2 uses Yoga and Ballet technique to strengthen the legs in 30 min. This is naturally Inversion Free and supports a weight loss regimen. You’re gonna feel the burn🔥 !

Both isometric (stillness) and isotonic (flex & extend) contraction of the muscles are used in this practice to build strength and endurance.

If this was challenging for you, I recommend doing this practice two times a week until it gets easier.

Make sure to try Leg Day Vinyasa Flow – Strong & Stretchy Quads

Good for experienced or seasoned practitioners.
Props: Two blocks and cushioning for savasana.

Enjoy! Be well.
Remember to breathe.
🙏🏼Namaste my friends🙏🏼

A NOTE ON “YOGA for WEIGHT LOSS”: Practicing yoga alone is not a weight loss remedy. When used in combination with healthy habits off the mat it can be a great help. Especially to lower stress levels and find a deeper connection with yourself; physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. You can indeed get your heart rate up with some practices, you can sweat, strengthen, tone, detox, and burn calories.
To be quite honest, I don’t love using this term, but it’s a VERY high ranking SEO term; meaning people search it A LOT. I’m using it to direct more people to become aware of their mind body connection while working into a healthier lifestyle. 💫

Testing Your Boundaries 65 min Inversion Free Vinyasa Flow

Testing Your Boundaries 65 min Inversion Free Vinyasa Flow

Testing Your Boundaries tests your balance, strength, flexibility, AND your mind body connection. This vinyasa flow is for ANYONE looking to test their boundaries even if you’re NOT Inversion Free.

🎶👉 Spotify playlist: https://bit.ly/Spotify_TestingYourBoundaries

This explores playing between easy & hard and finding your greatest length before snapping. Notice what your mind thinks compared to what your body can do. The saying “Mind Over Matter” applies here. Do your best not to push beyond what you can handle, instead, bring yourself right up to it and take notice of what comes up emotionally and mentally.

Come back to this practice often to see how your boundaries change over time.

Good for experienced and seasoned practitioners or Newbies who love a challenge.

Enjoy! Be well.
Remember to breathe.
🙏🏼Namaste my friends🙏🏼

Toning & Weight Loss Support Playlist

Toning & Weight Loss Support Playlist

These practices help to strengthen & tone your body and support a weight loss regimen.

Many of you asked for Toning and Weight Loss videos, especially with quarantines and lockdowns in play.

And here we are! I will be adding more videos to this playlist, so check back often.

Some of these practices are Inversion Free but not all. If you are an Inversion Free practitioner make sure you see the words “Inversion Free” either on the image or in the description.

Be Well. Remember to Breathe. 🙏🏼Namaste my friends🙏🏼

A NOTE ON “YOGA for WEIGHT LOSS”: Practicing yoga alone is not a weight loss remedy. When used in combination with healthy habits off the mat it can be a great help. Especially to lower stress levels and find a deeper connection with yourself; physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. You can indeed get your heart rate up with some practices, you can sweat, strengthen, tone, detox, and burn calories.
To be quite honest, I don’t love using this term, but it’s a VERY high ranking SEO term; meaning people search it A LOT. I’m using it to direct more people to become aware of their mind body connection while working into a healthier lifestyle. 💫

How to Open Stiff Shoulders – Inversion Free

How to Open Stiff Shoulders – Inversion Free

Welcome to this shoulder opening practice addressing arm positions found in Warrior 1, Downward Facing Dog, Cow Face, and Eagle by working on Flexibility in the chest, armpits, and shoulders.

Want Music? Try this Spotify playlist: https://bit.ly/StiffShoulders

Stretches for the armpits, triceps, chest, front of the shoulders, and in between the shoulder blades are targeted to help open those tight, stiff shoulders. All done with the wall and a yoga strap to stay Inversion Free.

Helpful Prop: a yoga strap or object that resembles it.

This area of the body happens to be where the heart chakra and throat chakra reside. So if you’re feeling indifferent or less creative, resistant or unresponsive these chakras will benefit from a shift in energy.

Opening the shoulders and chest is exactly what they need for you to feel more receptive, to tap into your creative juices, and allow for more compassion in your day.

Good for everyone. Especially if you have tight shoulders. 😉

Enjoy! Be well.
Remember to breathe.
🙏🏼Namaste my friends🙏🏼

The Basics of Bandhas in a Yoga Practice

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As I sat down to write all about the Basics of the Bandhas in a Yoga Practice, I wound up leafing through my notes from my initial yoga training that was 10 years ago. While I have great memories of those times, the actual application of the material has been vital in my growth as a yoga practitioner and as a yoga teacher. I’ll share with you what I have learned about the bandhas and currently implement in my own personal practice.

I’m going to do my best here to keep my explanation simple; if you know me, you know this is no simple feat. I’ll cover the why’s and how’s of the most commonly used Bandhas in a yoga practice.

Okay, here we go.

Bandhas are defined as “to lock, to hold, to stop”. This refers to locking, holding, or stopping energy with physical connections. Along the spine, there are three used to direct the flow of energy. My beautiful notes from ten years ago say this, “(Bandhas) work like the heart valve to keep energy in and moving up and don’t let it back out.” This phenomenon is ultimately responsible for the ‘zen’, calm feeling when you are finished with your practice. In a nutshell, they help ‘ya feel good.

Let’s go over these three bandhas.

Uddiyana Bandha

Note: Bandhas should not be practiced by pregnant women. Those of you with eye pressure issues and/or cardiac issues should stay away from any breath retention (holding the breath).

The first one is called Mula Bandha (Moo-lah Bond-ah) and it’s location is the pelvic floor. It’s the root lock as it’s at the base of the spine. The engagement of this bandha is very similar to Keigel exercises. It’s those muscles you use to stop the flow of urine plus you have to contract your anus (like you’ve gotta go to the bathroom NOW but there’s no where to go). Mula bandha engagement keeps the energy from falling out. It’s used in asana practice, like a Hatha or vinyasa, in poses like Tadasana (Mountain Pose), Urdvha Dandasana (Wheel Pose), Sirsasana (Headstand), Paschimottanasana (Seated Forward Fold with extended legs), etc.. Oh—and every other pose during the entire practice. Yep, the whole thing!

Moving up the spine the next bandha is Uddiyana Bandha (Oo-dee-ayn-na Bond-ah) and it’s located in the belly. This bad boy of a bandha is by far the most frequently mentioned bandha of the three. There are two engagements; subtle and full.

The subtle engagement of Uddiyana Bandha is a gentle pulling up and in of the belly toward the spine. From an anatomical perspective think about Pilates’ “Powerhouse”. The main muscles that create the Powerhouse are the rectus abdominis, the obliques, transverse abdominis, diaphragm, multifidus, gluteal group (your bum), the pelvic floor, and the psoas. When your movement teacher says one of these cues, “Pull the belly up and in”, “Scoop the belly in and up”, or “Hollow out the belly”, they are referring to Uddiyana Bandha with this subtle engagement. If you’ve taken any of my classes, you’ve heard me say these cues A LOT.

Energetically speaking, this bandha moves the energy from the lower abdomen upward toward the head. Physical benefits of this bandha provide support for your spine, hips, standing balances, and overall stability.

Now the full engagement of Uddiyana Bandha is done with the purpose of cleansing, toning the abdominals, and massages the internal organs. Sounds intense, right? I promise it’s not that bad. Instead of grabbing milk of magnesia or the pink stuff, try Uddiayana Bandha. It stimulates your digestive juices to help remedy stomach ailments. It also balances the adrenal system, relieves stress and can pep you up. (Remember, this bandha moves energy upward).

Here’s how you do the full engagement but before we get into it…it’s best to learn this in person with an instructor if possible.

Full engagement is done on an empty stomach and empty bladder. (👈Super important.)
Start standing in Tadasana, feet hip width apart, hands on the hips. Inhale deeply. As you exhale, bend the knees slightly, hands to the thighs, elbows out, and let the belly soften outward. Once ALL the air is out, suck your belly up and in toward the spine and up under your ribs. Hold your breath. When you need to inhale, FIRST release the belly then take your inhale through the nose, keep the hands on the thighs. On your NEXT inhale gently come to full standing position, Tadasana, and go for another round.

✨This can be repeated up to six times.
✨Wait about 15 minutes before eating or drinking so your belly can benefit from the exercise.

The last of the bandhas along the spine is Jalandhara Bandha (Jah-lan-harra Bond-ah) located in the throat area. This seals the energy lock from tail to skull; the length of the spine. Jalandhara Bandha can be considered the lock that controls the flow of energy in the nerves and blood vessels of the neck as it engages the medulla oblongata.

It’s performed by lowering the chin toward the notch between the collar bones. It’s similar to holding a small piece of fruit or an egg with your chin. When done correctly, if you’re built like me, you’ll have a glorious double chin.

It’s used in a few poses like Dandasana (Staff Pose) and Sarvangasana (Shoulder stand). More frequently, it’s used in pranayama practices like Ujjayi (ocean breath) and Nodi Shodhana (Alternate Nostril breathing).

When all three of these are done at once, it’s called Maha Bandha. The great seal or lock a.k.a. The Big Kahuna Bandha. Just kidding. It’s not called that but it sounds fun.

Bandhas are defined as “to lock, to hold, to stop”.

There are a few other bandhas which I’ll mention but not get into detail about because they are self-explanatory…

Downward Facing dog

Hasta Bandha is when the hands press against the ground…the ground stops the energy from leaving through the hands. Same with the feet with Pada Bandha.

i.e. in downward facing dog, you’re practicing both these bandhas. In arm balances, you practice Hasta Bandha. In Warrior poses you’re using Pada Bandha. You get the idea, yes?

Lastly, there’s Brahma Bandha. This is when you keep your mind locked on God as you practice.

There you have it. Bandha mania all wrapped up in one little blog post. I hope this brings more understanding on the why’s and the how’s of Bandha usage in a yoga practice. Implementing them into your practice, if you’re not already, will create a new layer of understanding with continued practice.

Happy Bandha-ing!

🙏Namaste my friends🙏

Suggested Reading:
B.K.S. Inyengar Light on Yoga
David Swenson, Ashtanga Yoga “The Practice Manual” An Illustrated Guide to Personal Practice.
Paul Massey, The Anatomy of Pilates
Lauren Imparato, “Bandhas for Beginners: Intro to Yogas Interior Locks”
Rolf Sovik, Yoga International. “A Beginner’s Guide to Bandhas”

Ahisma in Asana; Exploring What It Means

Ahisma in Asana; Exploring What It Means

During my home practice this morning several thoughts manifested. One in particular stood out.

The predominant word that kept coming up during this practice was “free-flowing”. Here’s why: I found myself trying so desperately to hold on to habits that have worked for a long time but at that moment I realized, it’s time to let it go; to let myself flow freely; hence, “free-flowing”. Perhaps my dance improvisation habits were interfering?

Ahisma = Non-violence
Asana = Pose

You see, in dance improvisation, it’s encouraged to discover ‘new movement’ and ‘new movement phrases’. By allowing yourself free-flowing movement, the structure starts to melt away and new ways of moving your body are created. Which is super cool if you’re into it. But today these two ideologies were butting heads in my head.

I was struggling with the idea of having to fit my practice into an ideal structure. This is a structure that I’ve practiced for years, what is done on one side must be done on the second to stay “balanced”. But what if one side doesn’t need what the other needs? So, I decided for today, it’s time to let the flow be free.

Balance is important, I’m not saying otherwise, but isn’t allowing the freedom of movement to flow as it will important too?

My mind was working in symmetries where maybe it didn’t need to. Then the philosophy of the 8 limbs of yoga and the idea of Ahisma came up.

A brief summary of what Ahisma is and what it means from someone who isn’t a yoga philosophy master but enjoys a good discussion.

Ahisma is defined as non-violence. Most people see it as non-violence toward others (people, animals, plants, insects, etc) but it also means non-violence to yourself. Ahisma is love; speaking kindly, acting with kindness and compassion, and letting go of what no longer serves you. (You’ve heard this last one in many yoga classes, I’m sure). Mahatma Ghandi focused his life around the idea of Ahisma and if you’d like to learn more about him check out this website: https://www.mkgandhi.org/

Mahatma Ghandi
Mahatma Ghandi

B.K.S. Iyengar said in his book The Tree of Yoga,

“Suppose that in performing an asana you are stretching more on the right side and less on the left…There is violence on the right side where you are stretching more, and the left side, where the stretch is less, appears to be non-violent…Though it may appear non-violent, it is also violence as the cells will die when they do not perform their functions as they should. One side thus manifests deliberate violence, and the other side non-deliberate violence.”

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Not doing one side can cause a feeling of being lopsided. But if one side needs a little more or less than the other side and we treat them according to what they need, then we are practicing Ahisma. Or in Iyengar’s words, “What is required is integration between the right and left sides of the body, and this balance of the two sides is true non-violence.”

So, by this reasoning it IS violent to not do one side.
Oops. Sorry body.
I’ll keep Free-Flowing but on BOTH sides from now on.

Yoga ‘A-ha’ moments; ever have one?

Yoga ‘A-ha’ moments; ever have one?

Have you ever had an ‘A-ha’ moment during your yoga practice?

Don’t worry if you didn’t.

Not every yoga practice is a life changing moment but instead builds moments to a life change.

After Savasana, I always prompt this:

“Take a few moments to check in with how you feel.
How do you feel physically, emotionally, mentally, energetically, and spiritually?”

What does all this mean?

Yoga isn’t just the physical practice. Yes, we get on the mat, we move physically but when we move physically, it effects everything else.

Ever go into a fitness class or dance class in a foul mood but walk out feeling SO MUCH BETTER?? Yeah, it’s because of all the beautiful hormonal changes that happen when we move our bodies…

Moving your body has been scientifically proven to keep us healthy. It creates the happy hormones; Dopamine, Serotonin, Oxytocin, & Endorphins.1

Once you stop moving, your body starts to weaken and things start to deteriorate.
Physically AND mentally. Because…MOVEMENT IS LIFE.

I digress…(and I gracefully step off my soap-box)

Here’s what I’m really asking you to observe and think about at the end of each practice.

  1. Notice what you feel physically. The good, the not-so-good, and the bad.
    i.e. tingling, tightness, weakness, stretched out, muscle fatigue, soreness, etc.
    ~ By taking notice, you learn what poses, what style of yoga, what breath work, and what meditations work for you and your body.

2. What do you feel emotionally?
i.e. boredom, excitement, sad, happy, peaceful, or maybe you can’t label what you feel.
~ If a wave of emotion comes up, do your best to experience it, even if it’s uncomfortable. By experiencing it, you’re allowing that energy to release. Releasing allows space for new energies to replace them.

3. What’s going on mentally?
i.e. are worries popping up, are you anxious about something, are you thinking about something else or someone else, do you want to stay longer, (Monkey Mind) etc.
~ A big part of practicing yoga, is observing our thoughts. This is the perfect time to do so. Just ‘cause the thought is there, doesn’t mean it’s true or you have to act on it.

4. How do you feel energetically?
i.e. are you fidgety, fatigued, sleepy, calm, re-energized, etc.
~ These signals help you figure out if and how the practice helped you, or not.

5. What, if anything, has come up spiritually?
i.e. any ‘A-ha’ moments, epiphanies, or personal realizations, any noticeable changes within yourself; how you cope with stress, life changes, beliefs, etc.
~ Sometimes, this is as simple as an answer to a complex issue you were having…maybe how to resolve a relationship issue or how to execute a plan.

I’ll say this: not every practice is going be a life changing epiphany. Sometimes we get these awesome ‘A-ha!’ moments but more often than not, the changes are subtle and appear over time. This is why having a consistent yoga practice is important. Small changes culminate to create awareness and mindfulness.

Have you had an ‘A-ha’ moment during your yoga practice? What light bulb went on for you?

Have an awesome day!
Namaste my friends.

1Shah, A., 2020. Happy hormones: 4 chemicals that activate happiness and how to increase them naturally. [online] Everyday Science. Available at: https://www.everydayscience.blog/happy-hormones/ [Accessed 11 June 2021].

Benefits of Yoga, What I’ve Learned

Benefits of Yoga, What I’ve Learned

This list is of benefits that I have personally experienced through my time doing yoga, and keep in mind, this list is always growing.

  • Everyone learns and moves at their own pace.
  • The Breath DOES matter.
  • How to listen to my body; what type of practice is my body calling for? Vinyasa, Yin, Gentle Flow, pranayama, etc.
  • Learn to practice calmness.
  • Learning my boundaries; when I go too far or not far enough.
  • Push my creativity.
  • How to connect with others without placing judgment on them.
  • How to recognize when ego takes over.
  • How to tame my ego (daily workout).
  • Yoga asana is accessible to everyone.

  • Yoga is NOT just poses; there is so much more depth within the practice (8 Limbs).
  • Yoga practice is what you want it to be; asana, meditation, pranayama, philosophy, etc.Meditation can be done in SO MANY different ways; breath work, focal points, moving meditations, visualizations, etc.
  • Yoga is grounding.
  • Yoga teaches us to connect and at the same time allows for detachment.
  • There is no “right” way…guidelines for safety, yes, but no “right” way.
  • It’s okay not to practice sometimes.
  • Yoga calms my anxieties and sometimes causes them but I’m never sorry I practiced.
  • How to find a practice that works for people with health issues.
  • To be flexible; not just physically but mentally and emotionally.
  • To open my heart and be kinder to others but also to myself.

  • To recognize that mind, body, and emotion are intrinsically connected.
  • Deep breaths are little gifts to ourselves.
  • There are many, many different types of yoga practices out there…some ancient, some modern…it doesn’t matter which you choose as long as it helps you become a better version of yourself.
  • Yoga practice can give a sensation of calmness, feeling grounded, feeling connected, secure, at peace, energized, and balanced, all at the same time.
  • It’s okay to have a sense of humor about yoga…it’s not all serious all the time.
  • Yoga practice isn’t all rainbows and unicorns…it has uncomfortable moments.
  • Each day the body, the mind, and our energies are different.

🙏🏼 Namaste my friends. 🙏🏼

Do you practice every day?

Do you practice every day?

I get this question a lot.  

The short answer,  it depends. 

Remember: 

Yoga isn’t just the physical practice; there’s 7 other limbs of the ‘yoga tree’. 

But we’ll get to that in another Blog post.

 

The longer answer goes like this:

Since Yoga isn’t just a physical practice, yes, I practice yoga everyday but in different aspects.  

Sometimes it’s 5 min of meditation in the simple form of sitting still and breathing or listening to music that inspires me.  

Sometimes it’s lifting weights. The breath-movement coordination in this activity is just as soothing to the mind as a yoga asana practice.  Plus it helps keep ‘yoga butt’ at bay. 

On some days, I practice some kriyas (cleansing); oil pulling, neti pot, etc. 

If my body and spirit need rest, I take it.  

I am intuitive with myself and on most days, I do what it asks me to do;  a full yoga practice, planks, a ballet barre, dancing in the kitchen; whatever my body calls for, I do.  Just the other day, I started with a series of planks, moved into shoulder stand and headstand, then did a ballet barre.  Yesterday, I did nothing.  My body, my mind, my emotions needed a day to just chill.

Now, if you are working toward a goal, consistency is needed within your practice.  In order to get your body and mind to understand, repetition is the way to discovery.  Nuances reveal themselves within poses the more you do them.

Other ways to practice yoga: 

Being mindful and aware of the present moment is yoga.  

Taking a deep breath and really feeling it, is yoga.

Feeling the breeze, sunlight, or raindrops on your skin is yoga.  

Spending time in nature or with animals is yoga.  

Doing what brings you a sense of wholeness or connection to the universe, planet, society, a partner or friend and mostly yourself, is yoga.  

You’ll know when this happens — a surge of energy comes through the body and mind, mood improves, you may feel like you want to tackle a huge project. 

Happy yoga-ing!