The architecture of a pose, and of a bride share one major thing – foundation. Laying a solid foundation will make everything possible above it. Doesn’t mean everything will be easy- many things will take lots of time but without the steady foundation you significantly lower your potential. Physically speaking, In a pose like this creating a strong foundation means creating a sense of strength and integrity in your legs – a connection to the solid earth below you. One tip to try is pulling your knees toward each other- especially the back knee forward and up toward the front knee. That strength of your hips will release tension in your back and allow you to go deeper with more ease. Laying a foundation of a pose is easy, it’s just knowing what to do and then practice doing it. But how about laying a solid foundation in your friendships, relationships, career, etc. What are some things that you do to help you create a solid platform that can withstand the winds of change and the depths of creativity?
Photo credit: @karenfuchsphoto (on Instagram) – photo has been cropped for Instagram purposes
For years I studied asana (yoga poses) as it applied to traditional yoga. I had a a closet judgement about anything that was not a traditional yoga pose, or I just saw it as completely separate from yoga- “oh that is dance”, “oh that’s martial arts”. I am finally free of that closed minded opinion that yoga is specific to whatever Iyengar’s Light on Yoga or the Ashtanga practice said was yoga. Yoga for me has become an expression of my body, mind, and spirit, just like it was for those that created the traditional poses. Yoga borrowed from dance, acrobatics, and martial arts since the beginning- they all arise from creativity. So what is Yoga then?
Yoga for me is a full practice of life – to be present, and to take action and make choices from the place inside me that is connected to the highest. Yoga is the state of bliss. Yoga is the study of my mind, body, soul, nature, and everything in this world. So to me weather I am on a Mat or in a hallway of a hotel I can practice Yoga, and I can express my practice my emotions through my body in a variety of ways. Sometimes it comes out in a traditional yoga pose, and sometimes it comes out in something creative like this photo.
I am grateful for the time in my life that I dedicated myself to studying the traditional yoga postures because it got me to a certain point with my body, I needed that focus. Now my physical focus is just much more specific, instead of a bunch of poses, I study my bones and how my muscles interact with them. This study has opened up a whole new rhealm of posibility for my body.
What is Yoga to you, or what does it mean to you? What do you focus on in your practice on and off the mat?
Photo Credit : Sascha Reuter
Some of my biggest victories happen when I’m patient. This photo show the moments leading up to balance- finding structural alignment, and appropriate muscle engagement to hold the alignment, when that effort is put forth all that’s left is waiting for the appropriate timing.
How often do you put the effort in and then get frustrated waiting for the results, or how often do you skip all the alignment on or off the mat and just throw yourself into a situation before you have set yourself up for success?
Patience Set your self up for success and settle in for the timing to be right.
March 21st Handstand workshop at @pureyoganyc (west) for ALL levels. Please join me and help spread the word!!!
photo credit: @KarenFuchsPhoto (Instagram)
The Spring 2015 Schedule is here! I am stoked to offer a handful of workshops. In addition I will also be at the Philly Flight Festival May 2nod and 3rd, and will be teaching and performing on the Wanderlust summer tour!
Very excited! Both of my Yoga DVD’s with Gaiam are now available for pre-order on Amazon! There are great video trailers on there but briefly the two are Yoga for Runners which has 3 segments: pre run, post run, and day off yoga. Each segment is very specific in the approach.
The other is Hot Yoga, which can be done with or without a heated room of course. This takes you through 3 sections of a typical hot yoga class (warm up/sun salutations, Standing poses/strength building, peak pose/cool down)
I am really excited for the release of these DVD’s. I spent so much time putting together the sequences and I really feel proud of them.
Please support and grab a copy. Hot Yoga DVD is great for everyone including beginners. Yoga for Runners can be used as a warm up for any sport that involves running or high impact on the legs.
Hot Yoga = http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00R4JLIJ2