As the temperatures begin to drop during the winter, it can become harder and harder to leave the nest of our sofa and venture into the world – or even our bedroom – to practice yoga. Plain and simple, a nice, vigorous vinyasa practice is going to build heat in our bodies that will keep us toasty during the winter.
Working your core with yoga feels great physically, sure, but have you ever felt more energy, motivation, and get-up-and-go after a core-heavy yoga session? This may be because you’ve activated your vital energy centres — your chakras.
If you’re a serious yoga nerd, travelling, wonderful though it may be, can sometimes create a bit of an issue – where the heck will you fit in your yoga practice? Can you really keep your yoga going amid a week jam-packed with sight-seeing?
Sometimes life gets really, really hard. This is, of course, a truth that yoga helps us observe. As seasoned yoga practitioners, we know how good we can feel if we just commit to our yoga practice. We have seen the light that yoga can lend to our lives.
What’s the moral of this story exactly? Use your yoga mat as a beach towel? Well, yes! If that’s what floats your boat.
Sometimes transitions are hard. Really, really hard. But, as many of us have experienced, yoga can be a real lifesaver during life’s most difficult transitions.
One of the reasons yoga never gets dull for its devotees is the endless details inherent in the practice. In light of this, “Always find the right details,” may also be excellent advice for yogis – especially teachers of the practice.
Imagine a one-day yoga retreat at a converted barn amid rolling country hills, complete with spring-fed pond, saltwater hot tub, and macrobiotic brunch. A beautiful retreat. What might it mean, and what purpose might it serve in the practitioner’s life?
Whether you are a yoga teacher who paints on the side, a full-time author who enjoys a weekly class, or a yoga practitioner who’s always wanted to try something creative, you are on the right track with yoga! As connections between the two types of practice reveal themselves to you, they can be cultivated to make yoga one of the most valuable tools in your artistic arsenal!
Somewhere along this path to enlightenment which you call yoga, you forgot that part of the whole point is balance! You’re allowed to have fun during yoga practice, you’re allowed to laugh, and you’re really, really allowed to be present with others in the yoga studio and seek connection even when they veer off the path you thought they should take.