It is frequently said that there is a ‘right’ way and a ‘wrong’ way to do Yoga. While some may think that getting hurt is ‘wrong’ and others may consider feeling good ‘right,’ Yoga is neither ‘right’ nor ‘wrong.’ Ironically, we rarely think of our way as being ‘wrong’; though, we may not necessarily think we are doing it ‘right.’ In effect, by naming and categorizing we unintentionally perpetuate societal roles that are confusing and
“The economy has changed. Geography has changed. The politics are changing. You’ll find changes, unbelievable changes. There’s no reason for you to worry about those changes. All they’re inviting you to do is change too.” –Yogi Bhajan, 1992 The sweep of this statement is typical of Yogi Bhajan, the originator of kundalini yoga and never one to play small. Although his particular synthesis of yogic practices arrived with him to the West in the late
The holidays are just around the corner (wow) and they are the most stressful time of the year for so many people. Late nights, overindulging, more cocktails than our bodies are used to, traveling, maybe too much time with family… all of this leads to STRESS in your body! It’s no wonder we end up feeling groggy, out of it and low energy come January 2nd. I thought this was a perfect time to share
At some point in life, many of us seek to create changes in our existence. Stepping onto our yoga mat every day is a serious endeavor to transform ourselves. Yoga is a path towards this self-realization. The second chapter of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali clearly lays out this journey. It begins with the practice of kriya yoga which consists of: tapas (enthusiasm), ishvara pranidhana (unshakeable faith and devotion to the sacred), and svādhyāya (self-study).
In the twilight of summer, with Fall quickly approaching, the rhythm of life picks up. It is a time of change… gone are the lazy days of summer. Now families are rushing to school, packing lunch boxes, driving kids to soccer practice, finishing homework. Or maybe you find new projects at work, looming deadlines, the endless emails. Your breath gets short, your muscles tense, your mind is racing. Before Fall really begins, let’s ask ourselves,