My last class teaching “Begin Here Now” is tonight! Why don’t you join me? There’s no better place to get the basics, except maybe this website, lol. As tonight is the last night, possibly my last time seeing you I’m trotting out the Holy Grail of Yoga Basics: proprioception. In Sanskrit there are lots of […]
When I do yoga I breathe. Seems obvious, right? Without breath I suffocate; I die. Where’s the fun in snuffing out like a candle? One woman’s nirvana is another’s total freedom. I say this because I notice a profound resistance to proper pranayama in modern yoga classes. The teacher says “ujayii breath” and I don’t hear a […]
Learning to feel, to feel deeply, vividly, intensely, has long been a draw of yoga. People hunger to discover sensations previously only dreamt of. Feats of supreme control, hibernation, slowing the heart, visions, they’re enticing. Are deliciously yummy. A subtle practice, however, takes years of steady application. In an effort to speed things up for the […]
Yoga without pranayama is like a pool without water. It’s an empty practice. The sum total of what I knew about pranayama when I took my first teacher training was an alternate breath exercise my room-mate taught me. I easily mastered the ability to breath up one side and out the other nostril without using […]
It is good to listen to your teachers. It is better to listen to your body. If what they tell you suits your body, great. If your body doesn’t feel good with what they say, then always your body comes first.
For many students new to yoga, it is a common curiosity: why is there so much focus on breathing? I am not going to pretend that these are all the reasons inclusive, as that is beyond the scope of this article. I will give you a few reasons, starting with the most superficial: 1) The […]