YogaBalanced’s 2017 Year In Review

It’s almost the end of of the year, and I thought it might be nice to do a little 2017 year in review. I’ve had quite the journey this year with my yoga practice, and it’s fun to look back and see how far I’ve come. There’s also some great stuff coming up on the horizon that I’m really looking forward to. So, indulge me a little, and take a look with me at the year that was, and the future that will be.

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A Personal Yoga Practice: All is Coming

Sri. K. Pattabhi Jois famously said, “Practice and all is coming.” It’s such a simple sounding statement, and yet I find so much meaning packed into this one little sentence. I know I’m not alone in that, and I’m sure you can find several blog posts and Yoga Journal articles written about the quote. I wanted to take some time this week, though, and talk a little about my personal yoga practice and how these sage words motivate me regularly to get on my mat and do my practice.

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Beginning a Yoga Practice (Part 4): Starting A Yoga Practice at Home

Welcome to the final post in my series on beginning a yoga practice. This week, we are taking a look at some resources for those who want to begin a yoga practice at home. If you want some more background information on yoga vocabulary, beginner poses, or what to expect at your first yoga class, click the links to check out the other posts in this series.

This post will be pretty heavy on the links. If you are getting started and checking out these resources, you may want to bookmark this page to make it easier to go back and find the YouTube channels and other apps and resources linked here. Let’s get started!

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Beginning a Yoga Practice (Part 2): Beginner Yoga Poses

Beginner Yoga Pose: Side Angle

In my first post in this series, we talked a bit about the vocabulary of yoga and some of the most common Sanskrit words you will come across when beginning a yoga practice. I also included a few poses that corresponded to those Sanskrit words. In this post, I’d like to talk more about some beginner yoga poses you can start with to build your own practice.

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Beginning a Yoga Practice (Part 1): The Language of Yoga

Welcome to the first post in a new series about beginning a yoga practice. Friends and family who are thinking about beginning a yoga practice have asked me for tips on beginning a yoga practice ever since I decided to do yoga teacher training. Wondering how to get started? Then read on!

In this first post, I plan to go over some of the vocabulary you might hear when looking into getting started with yoga. I’ll also have a few pointers on the poses I address in this post. I’ll have even more poses for the beginning yogi next week, so be sure to subscribe and check back for more! Continue reading “Beginning a Yoga Practice (Part 1): The Language of Yoga”

Santosha

Santosha has become my secret mantra. I hear you already. “What the heck is Santosha? And why is it a secret? Are you going to regularly speak in tongues on this blog?” The short answers: It’s sanskrit, I just haven’t told anyone yet, and possibly. Let me explain.

When I do something, I do it 110%. Not because I am in competition with others. I compete with myself to be the best I know I can be. As you might imagine, in the most Type-A yogi you’ll ever meet. When I come across a new pose or variation, I have to try it as soon as humanly possible. If I don’t get it right away, I keep trying until I do. Once I do get it, I spend about half a second feeling satisfied and then start thinking of how I could do it better. I’m relentless with myself that way.

Upward-facing dog
I don’t even have room for all the ways I feel my simple upward-facing dog could be better.

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