Read this if you do/teach yoga. This reconfirms for me that I do not want to teach “what sells” or post hot photos of myself in fancy poses to get people in the door. I want to teach from my truth to help others find their truths and serve my students with humility and dedication as best I can. These are the kinds of teachers I look up to and what I am working towards.
This line sums it up well - “We have people who have innovated the practices, not for the sake of a unique selling proposition, but because they really care about their students’ well-being, and they really care about being of service.” This is the kind of yoga I’m in which I’m interested.
the original Sukshma Vyayama shown by Dhirendra Brahmachari
Funny yoga video with some of my favorite friends and loves.
1 hour intermediate vinyasa yoga class. We will do some flow, some longer holds, sun salutations, forearm stand, and headstand. We’ll focus on pressing the elbows into the surface beneath feel the rebound of gravity up through the body in headstand, forearm stand, and extended side angle. This action of pressing the elbows down also helps to integrate the shoulder blades on the back.
I really like this woman. If I could do one thing, though, I would ask her to open her collar bones wide and melt the shoulder blades away from the ears as she’s flexing here. Then we could sigh a sigh of relief together.
The postural influence of Hatha yoga, once used for a kind of physical self-destruction to release an immortal, post-human self, remains embedded within a contemporary movement practice that promis…
“Every one is a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody.”
Do more forward folds and give the back of your body a chance to open up and release. Here’s why from Tias Little:
"The fight-or-flight tendency, which I see a lot of, shows up as bracing—especially in the back body—feet, calves, hamstrings, buttocks, lower back, behind the heart, back of the neck. The back body is a real receptacle for this kind of bracing. Well, I guess we have to carry on. We have to stay present. So the back body ends up holding, like a buttress, in order for someone to stay in a situation—so that a fight or flight response can show up as bracing or gripping or really tight hamstrings. From a really young age, people are subject to threats of various kinds—physical, emotional, psychological and the body tissues respond on an unconscious level.”