Hot Yoga can be a challenging way to expand your physical fitness routine, but like any exercise regime, it is not without risks. Make sure you know what you are getting into before you step into the studio.
Do you or someone you love suffer from a handicap that keeps them shying away from hostile gyms or competitive sport? Has that individual tried yoga? Are you a teacher that specializes in yoga adapted for handicapped yogis? What have you seen that has worked? What have you seen as a change in your special students?
Are you a jealous yogi? Do you find your mind filled with negative self-talk or criticism of others while in class? Turn around negativity on the mat to reach a better frame of mind and ultimate happiness!
What are the do's and don'ts of yoga etiquette? Yoga is relaxed and somewhat of a selfish practice: you practice at your own pace, listen to your body, and focus inward, taking the focus off of external surroundings and distractions. But this should not come at the expense to others around you who are looking for the same piece of mind and solitude.
Different poses have a feeling different feelings. Some poses are heart opening. Some poses bring us comfort. Some poses give us energy. And some poses provoke feelings of gratitude. These poses are great ones to practice on Thanksgiving as well as everyday.
Each year at Thanksgiving, people start offering gratitude to the blessing they have. They sit around the table with their loved ones with a large bountiful meal in front of them and express all that they are grateful for. This is a wonderful practice that doesn't have to only be practiced once a year at the Thanksgiving table.
If your morning looks like mine...dogs underfoot, a cat begging for breakfast and two kids that don’t want to get up for school, you’ll understand why my traditional yoga practice gets put on the back burner.
I’ve been away from my practice for over two weeks and am starting to really feel the difference, so I vowed this weekend to get back to yoga. My second thought upon waking to the rising sun (my first having been, “I have to get darker curtains!”) was, “I have so much to do today and this week, I don’t have time for yoga.”