Yesterday I took a workshop breaking down some arm balances and inversions. For me, these two categories of poses are especially challenging. Some poses that many yogis seem to be able to just glide into seemlessly such as crow pose (bakasana) and headstand in the middle of the room are to me, rather elusive. Crow in particular I have been attempting for about ten years or so now. I try and try, fall over, try again, and get frustrated. Oh, and I watch those who can do it and get jealous. I know, super yogic of me.
But here is the honest truth about my attempts: I get so frustrated when I can't do a pose that I will stop trying for a while. I walk away. Sometimes I avoid taking classes with teachers that I know will be arm balance heavy. It feels like hard work that I don't want to do. So really, I practice...
When I tell people I am a prenatal yoga teacher, they usually have a lot of questions for me, pregnant or not. Here are answers to some of the most commonly asked questions, garnered from my education, experience, and research I have done. Keep in mind that I am not a medical professional!
How is prenatal yoga different from “regular” yoga?
The biggest difference is that everyone in the room is a pregnant woman! This results in a class tailored more specifically to address the aches and discomforts of
pregnancy. Also, the aspect of community is a major part of prenatal yoga classes. It’s a wonderful place to meet other women who are going through a similar experience as you, making it a great place to vent, share stories, get tips, or whatever else you may want to hear/say. The other difference is that the tea...
During a 5 day yoga immersion I was in recently, the teacher posed a question to the room filled with passionate, eager-to-learn-more yogis, most of us teachers. Why do you practice yoga? Knowing the answer to this question, he said, is essential to find clarity and purpose in teaching.
It's a simple question, yet a worthwhile one. Why do we do anything that we do?
After considering this question, I realized that my answer changes often. My practice is so intertwined in my life, and as my daily needs change, so does my practice and reasons for doing it.
I first came to yoga for the physical aspect. I was a teenager and of course I wanted a hot bod and a workout that I didn't hate, and as someone with a dance background, I found the fluid nature of yoga to be quite enjoyable. That was during my hot yog...