I often write in response to something that comes out in one of my classes.... a question from someone, or an thought I have as I respond to how I see someone moving, or an emotional or physical response in a student. In this case I am responding to an article a couple of people forwarded me. It is something I have been thinking about for quite a while, and something which has shifted both situationally and purposely certain aspects of my teaching, that is, the commercialization of the practice.
There is always a pull in yoga between adapting practices to the needs of the individual within our current world, and honoring and understanding its often complex traditional principles and practices. I think I've made the point before that I think it is like a chef cooking a traditional dish from a culture, with the original ingredients and methods, and another chef creating a dish that represents a fusion of cultures, or a modern take within a culture of a dish that has been around in different forms for a very long time.
There are always a lot of posts on social media that list the benefits of yoga. As always some research is well designed, and some less so, but there is so much research being done these days on yoga and related topics that one can see pretty clear evidence of a number of benefits of the practice. In some cases we can also see the factors within the practice that lead to those benefits.
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Nutrition is essential for your body ..yes? It is all integrated with your GI System, Circulatory System, Respiratory System and Endocrine System and yes I could go on.Here is my food for thought...How many of you, including myself, forget "Nutrition for Intuition?" Today I will honor again, how food is also essential for our inner self. Fuel your Intuition.Feed your Mind, body and spirit..
Vinyasa can be described as a linked series of postures. Typically in a vinyasa one strings the postures on the breath like beads, and the flow will repeat a series between longer holds at specific points in the chain.
In a couple of minutes I am leaving for Kripalu. For those who aren't familiar with it it is a yoga training center in the Berkshires. That is a pretty bare bones description for a place that offers some of the best training programs for teachers and students alike, as well as acres of natural beauty, wonderful yoga classes, fabulous food, and quiet spaces to sit and read or meditate.
Much of the practice of yoga is centered in the idea of balance. Rather than building muscle but ignoring flexibility, or flexibility without strength, we seek both. We seek to open and express and develop our self across dimensions of being: physical, spiritual, emotional, intellectual, social. This doesn't mean that we strive for the fullest expression of each of these aspects, but that we breathe toward both: like a focal point, still and strong, able to stretch outward in more than one direction.