It's the nub of the whole project. We love yoga, love it, love it, love it. And yet we can't get a practice going. A friend of mine works at a trauma center where (among other things) they are doing research on yoga and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The value of yoga to people with… Continue reading Getting established
Using the wall
Sometimes I use the wall when doing a) standing poses and b) balancing poses. I think the wall is a wonderful prop, but not if you use it all the time. Examples of times to use the wall: Some early morning and I feel just on the edge of dizzy. Often if I use the… Continue reading Using the wall
Self-instruction through photos
Yikes! I asked my husband to take some photos of me doing yoga, and it was very instructive. I know perfectly well how stiff I am, but I don't really ever get to see it. I just want to reach right into these photos and push on my body to get it into better alignment!… Continue reading Self-instruction through photos
Early morning group practice
The Yoga Center has started a 6:00 am guided practice. It's led by Katie, who is a new teacher. Today was the first day. It was a wonderful way to start the day. Some yoga experience is required, which means that Katie doesn't need to demonstrate much or make corrections. She told us what we… Continue reading Early morning group practice
Focus poses and why some stick better than others
I just figured out why, in January, when I did Upavistha Konasana (seated wide angle) and Supta Virasana (reclining hero) almost every day, Upavistha Konasana didn't improve nearly as much as Supta Virasana did. I'm adding Parivrtta Trikonasana (revolved triangle) as a focus pose this month. It's such a difficult pose for me that I… Continue reading Focus poses and why some stick better than others
YoMo begins, can’t find my notes!
During my morning practice yesterday I wrote myself several notes about things to write about relative to YoMo. I'll be writing a couple of emails a week to participants who signed up to practice yoga every day during the month of June, and I've been thinking about what to say. My desk is a big… Continue reading YoMo begins, can’t find my notes!
When we did YoMo in January, I chose two poses that are really hard for me to work on during that month - Upavistha Konasana (seated wide angle) and Supta Virasana (reclining hero). Supta Virasana improved enormously, as I've described recently. Upavistha Konasana, not so much. So during this June YoMo I'm going to work… Continue reading Focus pose
Being in the pose
I've noticed that when I practice alone I tend to start thinking about the next pose before I'm done with the current one. It's worse if I don't make myself a written list of what I plan to do. There I am in my Adho Mukha Svanasana (downward facing dog), thinking about whether I should… Continue reading Being in the pose
Yoga and visitors
We had company this week. This is when I wish I had a dedicated yoga room. My yoga space is part of the family room and part of the hallway leading to the guest room, our son's room (but he's away at college), and the table tennis cum furnace room. Most of the time… Continue reading Yoga and visitors
Note to self
On a grey day, gentle restorative poses are a good thing.