Most of you have been practicing yoga for a couple of months now. Can you better answer the question, “What is yoga?” Have you noticed a difference in your athletic performance or the condition of your mind or body? If you have not, are you actually participating in the yoga sessions or are you just […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Three Poses to Stabilize Your Knees: During yoga sessions this week we are going to focus on standing poses in order to strengthen and stabilize your knees. This, along with the poses listed below, also complement the work we do to relieve the lower back, tight hamstrings and sore shoulders. Congratulations on another game well-played! […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Aloha! This week, I’d like to introduce Yoga Sutra 1.14: “Practice becomes firmly grounded when well attended to for a long time, without break and in all earnestness.” On a large scale, the sutras equate practice to life, and on a smaller but just as important scale, to the ongoing refinement of any technique: yoga practice, academic […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Congratulations on another win! I want to address sensations (physical feelings or reactions within the body due to some sort of stimuli) while practicing yoga. Sensation is the body’s way of sending you a message. When something hurts, your body is saying “Stop!” People often ignore these messages, especially in football! This often leads to […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
In yoga, it is believed that establishing balance between ease (sukha) and steadiness (sthira) AND knowing which quality is useful in a given situation, is essential for health and vitality. Sukha is the development of flexibility, relaxation, surrender, calm awareness, non-reactivity and empathy. Sthira is the development of strength, power, steadiness, alert awareness, selective reactivity […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Three Poses for Back Pain: Many of you have spoken of chronic back pain, so I would like to address that in this week’s newsletter. In addition to the effects of playing football, back pain is generally intensified by sitting in a chair with poor posture every day or lack of exercise. Strengthening the abdominal […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
In the surveys you filled out, many of you asked, “What is yoga?” Yoga literally translates as “to yoke” or “to unite”, and this is a reference to the way yoga increases our self-awareness on many levels. For example: Before doing yoga, have you ever thought about the way your legs turn out or […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Friends who have taken one of my teacher trainings may have heard this story before, and for the sake of efficiency and future access, I’ve decided to simply post it here. As the “Sankalpa” blog states, sankalpa is a Sanskrit word that refers to a big-picture intention that you are firmly committed to and in […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Last weekend I taught about Sankalpa (a big-picture intention that you are wholeheartedly committed to). It was refreshing to revisit this idea, and I feel like I could have offered more information about this idea, so here goes…. This summer has been a reminder that the important things in life are a sequence of the […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Bernadette has been practicing yoga for many years, primarily at the Windward YMCA with many of you! She offers skillful classes that are sequenced with attention to detail and alignment, injury-prevention, power and fun! Unsurprisingly, she recently transitioned from substitute teacher to permanent instructor at the Y…check out her classes: Mondays, Sunset Vinyasa: 6:15-7:30pm Every […]Continue Reading... No Comments.