As your physical practice develops, it’s interesting to begin to explore the more psychological side of yoga; look for translations of The Yoga Sutras of Patajanli. I frequently refer to my copy by Sri Swami Satchidananda. Enjoy!
Air is the most powerful of the elements we can use to cleanse the body of toxins. When we breathe and allow the air to circulate through the body, it automatically purifies us. That’s why using the power of breath during postures and synchronizing breath with movement is so important. And what’s even better…we have this “tool” with us wherever we are!
In a more restorative yoga class (like the ones I teach), it’s important to remember that stretching to or beyond the point of resistance creates tension; aim to release deep within the muscle groups which happens just a bit before we become aware of the sensation of stretch. Using props like yoga bricks, extra yoga mats, walls or pillows are helpful. And why it’s important to support the body in your postures if need be, so that you feel comfortable and sensation-neutral.
Here’s a link to a great article on workplace habits that was sent to me yesterday:
Feel free to pass it on to co-workers and then watch for an email from me on celebrating National Yoga Month in September! Like last year, this is an opportunity for us to spread the word about yoga classes at Hennepin County and earn some great karma points (along with a discount in class prices!).
A Yen for Yoga
Yoga strengthens the mind and body, but sometimes the stress of daily life challenges our momentum. We hope this page inspires you and keeps you moving!