I hope everyone is adjusting well to the shelter-in-place orders. A lot of people have learned that they can work from home and therefore many have learned to work out from home.
Home yoga practice, being both a work-out and a work-in, is highly recommended because it is easier for the practitioner to focus inward, i.e. introspection, listening to one's body, meditation, etc. There is no one to feel like you're competing with. There is no one to imagine you are impressing. It is all about YOU when you are engaged in practice.
If you haven't tried my online classes yet, I invite you to take a look at my website and coordinate your schedule to join me for a LIVE class! I currently have LIVE classes for BEGINNERS (45 minutes long), GENTLE (60 min), TRADITIONAL VINYASA KRAMA (75 min), INTERMEDIATE NAVANGA (75 & 90 min), MEDITATION ONLY (20 min), PRANAYAMA ONLY (20 min), ATHLETIC TEEN YOGA (30 min), KIDS YOGA (15 min). Beginning next week, I will be reducing my KIDS yoga classes and old ones will be available for REPLAY. I think my strengths lie in teaching teens and adults, but the kids have enjoyed my classes thus far!
I also have philosophical lectures and talks on MEDITATION, DHARMA (spiritual law), and I will be offering HATHA YOGA CLINICS soon!
Check out my schedule online and click on the appropriate channel to access the content. Each channel has it's own subscription. I am working on a way to have one subscription that gives access to all channels.
We are working on some big changes to the video website and will be announcing the big domain and name change soon! I will be be offering my services to other yoga teachers, trainers, etc. to do what I am doing and monetize their services online. I'm very excited about the near and distant future regarding this tech!
Thank you for your continued support!
Q: Hey there! Loving getting back into yoga. I am moving slowly for now, but I have already seen an improvement since Monday. Mostly it is getting over my FEAR- especially of twisting! I am out of shape and trying to start with 3 As and 3 Bs to build up my strength before class. It has also been a blow to my ego of course because I berate myself constantly when I can't do a pose that I could easily do before. Your words of wisdom help during class. Several times they have been very timely!
Anyway, I was wondering if you have any classes on here that are more like the ones you used to teach on Saturday mornings...where you have us build up to a pose? I don't mind the sequences at all- especially right now- but I do like to change things up a bit! Or are those type of classes more on the teen channel? Just curious!
For now, I am appreciating moving and breathing again! I have a long way to go....my goal it to be able to connect my breath to movements in the Bs...I still huff and puff a little in those!
I will see you online!
A: I"m so glad you're able to move again after back surgery! The FEAR you have for twisting is definitely understandable. There are two types of FEAR in my opinion: healthy and unhealthy fear. If the fear is keeping you from doing what you ought to do, then it is unhealthy. If the fear is keeping you safe or motivating you to get better, it's healthy. Fear of hurting yourself further is good, but if that fear kept you from healing yourself, it's bad. The fear of what could happen if you do not change what you're doing is probably a good fear, because it motivates you to do what is needed to be strong and healthy. So this FEAR is an interesting thing, isn't it?
To answer your question about the old Saturday morning classes: YES.. I'm sure there are those types of classes in the library of over 300 classes. I just don't know which ones they are. If you find some, bookmark them. One of these days, I will go through all the classes and tag them with key words so we can sort and search them all. I will have general sequencing vs specialized sequencing. You can also look for key words in titles now.. such as BACKBEND, ARM BALANCE, INVERSION, etc..
Thanks and stay tuned!
Here are a couple questions I received and will touch upon:
Friday 8:30am CST Meditation Discourse: I have been meditating on and off (mostly off) for some time. It is usually a time of focusing on my breath and that is my prevailing thought. Since taking the meditation instruction, my meditation is different (it is also not connected with a practice with the instruction). I had the oddest experience last week when I started spontaneously crying during meditation? Why would this happen? I don't recall having any thoughts except "freedom " and freedom to be carefree... Thanks
Friday 730pm CST Dharma Talk: I remember you having a discussion once about how if we get deep in our yoga journey, it could affect our relationships...be it with another person or our place of employment. I'm finding that when I immerse myself into my yoga practice/studies that I began to develop a rocky relationship with my significant other. This has been the case for years, off and on. I also notice that although my response to how I handle stress on my job does improve, I'd much rather be on my mat than ever be on my job!!! The job does not fulfill me. Is the problem with me? If so, any advice on how to correct this?
"Whether you think you can or think you can't, you're right!"
With consistent, compassionate, and mindful effort, anything is possible!
Practice does not make perfect. Perfect practice makes perfect. You need correct knowledge and understanding to get there. You can practice a golf swing with a baseball bat and baseball coach.. or you can practice the golf swing with a golf club and golf pro.. which one will give you better results?
This lady corrected her poor posture and was finally able to enjoy a strong and extended spine!
Join me and you can too!
I am available for private, one-on-one lessons online as well as in person (when the distancing order changes).
I would like to know if there are any questions or requests for me to theme into my classes. Please comment below.. let's get a conversation going... I want to connect and be of service!
This will be fun!
This is the only question I received online for this week's Dharma Talk. I will address this and anything else that comes up. It might fill up the entire hour! If you want to practice, arrive on an empty stomach.
Here is the submission I received:
Would you like to be anonymous? If yes, I will not mention your name during live broadcast.
You may mention my name.
What is your question?
As a nutritionist, yoga student and yoga teacher; i am always recommending yoga to clients to help them on the journey to optimal health but I find an issue with any real scientific confirmation between yoga, nutrition and digestion (I’ve got a list of studies that make assumptions and not specifically studying nutrition) and mostly go off of handed down knowledge and experience.
On the last talk, you spoke about removing waste from the body, more specifically stomach and bowels and how being full on food constricts your breathing and inhibits your diaphragm from contracting downwards to allow your lungs to expand.
Onto my questions:
Would practicing Nauli Kriya be an efficient way to remove waste and strengthen the abdominal muscles?
Would Nauli Kriya help your breathing?
When would be the best time to practice Nauli?
What other yogic practices have you found help or aid in improving nutrition and digestion?
Four, 2-hour workshops designed to give beginners a jump start by reviewing the fundamentals of vinyasa yoga practice, i.e. correct breathing, 3 body locks (bandha), and the theory and practice of drishti.
We will break down the 10-step Sun Salutation A, 18-step Sun Salutation B, and 12-step Classical Sun Salutation along with the alignment and modifications for each posture.
We will end the 4 week series with dissecting "open and closed-hip" standing postures, such as crescent, warrior 1 and 2, side angle, triangle, and revolving side angle and triangle.
We will introduce some applicable anatomy, integrated philosophy and Sanskrit.
Whether you are brand new to the practice or have been doing this for years, this series will undoubtedly take your practice to the next level!
Space is limited to 12. Bring your own mat and water. Props will be provided.
Yoga Alliance CE available. Ask me how!
Srivatsa Ramaswami, one-on-one student of T Krishnamacharya for 33 years. He is the teacher whom I have learned the most about yoga. He's taught me Krishnamacharya's Vinyasa Krama (asana, vinyasa, pranayama), direct translation of ancient texts, e.g. Yoga Sutra, Bhagavad Gita, Samkhya Karika, just to name a few. I have learned a tremendous amount of Sanskrit through this master's blessings.