It’s that time of year again! No, not the holidays. I’m talking about cold and flu season. Doing yoga regularly, like any doing regular exercise routine, can help boost your immune system. However, no matter our best efforts, sometimes we succumb to the germs of the season. Should you keep doing yoga while you’re sick? Let’s take a look at the ways we can both help and hinder the healing process with the aid of our yoga practice.
We’re jumping right into my October YTT weekend in this post! Saturday’s focus was the throat chakra and the endocrine system. We also played with the “king” and “queen” of asana, headstand and shoulder stand. Of course, we also did some practice teaching and had a lot of fun together. Let’s get to it!
Welcome back to my series on yoga teacher training! We had a three-day weekend this time, beginning on Friday night with an arm balance workshop. It was a field-trip kind of weekend. We spent Friday evening at the Inner Life Yoga Studio doing an arm balance workshop with Iyengar instructor Siegfried Bleher. I’m looking forward to giving you all a peek into the things we learned, so let’s get to it!
This past Saturday I had the immense pleasure of going to a mini-retreat at Wild Acre Farm. I’m going to apologize up front for the lack of photos in this post. I went with the intent to snap a few photos for the blog, but I was so relaxed that I forgot! Hopefully, the link to their website will give you some idea of beauty of the place. It was a wonderful day, and I’d highly encourage anyone in the area to keep an eye out for Angela at MSY to do another one.
Day 4 of my yoga teacher training focused on standing poses. Our theme for the weekend was one of embodied awareness. We focused a lot of attention on the concept and specifically in applying it to our mountain pose. I’m going to say up front right now that there might be less focus on the specifics of everything we did on Saturday and more on the impact it had on me and my practice. This post (and probably the next one as well) will be a little more raw and personal than some of my others. I hope you’ll allow for that, and perhaps be able to relate to how the day affected me and translate it to your own life practice.
In my previous two posts, we’ve talked a lot about the language of yoga and some good poses to know when beginning a yoga practice. In this post, I’d like to talk about what you might expect when you attend your first yoga class.
If you don’t have a studio nearby, or don’t quite feel comfortable attending class just yet, don’t despair. I will have resources next week for those who want to begin their yoga practice at home. There’s no issue with being self-taught, and many people start their practice in the privacy of their own home. However, I can’t say enough about the benefits of working with a certified instructor in class.
I am obsessed with arm balances in my yoga practice. It started with Crow and Eight-Angle, and I’ve been deeply in love ever since. When I see a new one or a new variation on an old favorite, I have to try it as soon as possible. It isn’t unheard of for me to sneak back to the kitchen in the office where I work to try something out during my lunch break.