Category Archives: practice

Home Practice

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Starting a home practice is difficult for me because I don’t know what to do! I found this video to get me started and I am going to keep a notebook too! Wanted to share!!

Have a great weekend!

 

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Free Yoga Music Download!!!

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My Face book post from yogajournal.com shared this with me and its followers today! If you are interested please check it out. Who doesn’t like free music!

 

My Yoga play list is coming later this week…after all these exams…. 🙂

 

Happy Monday!

 

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Get your Om (Or Aum) back

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Get your Om (Or Aum) back

Tonight was an awesome yoga class for many reasons. But the most interesting part for me, was at the end after savasana our teacher told us we as a studio have lost our Om. She pulled out a Chakra bowl and made us all Om and match the pitch as best we could to practice getting our Om back. After a very invigorating class it was the most amazing thing to sit there feeling my body vibrate from my own Om combined with the class and the Chakra bowl. I felt it in my nose, throat, heart and it almost had an intoxicating effect. I don’t know if it was because I was sweating my brains out and happy to be sitting down or what not but it really got me to thinking about the power of this mantra and what it actually means; and how and why we should get it back.

The exact definition I found on About.com was

Definition: Om is a very simple chant with a complex meaning. Often chanted three times at the start and finish of a yoga session, om is the whole universe coalesced into a single sound and represents the union of mind, body, and spirit that is at the heart of yoga. When chanted, the sound of om is actually three syllables – a, u, and m.
Here are some other facts I found interesting about AUM:
  • According to Upanishad, all speech and thought are derived from the one sound AUM
  • AUM expresses ultimate reality
  • AUM is one word interpreted as having three sounds representing creation, preservation, and destruction
  • A symbolizes the conscious or waking state, the letter U the dream state, and the letter M the dreamless sleep state of the mind and spirit.
  •  Aum became the sacred word hum of the Tibetans, amin of the Moslems, and amen of the Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, and Christians. Amen in Hebrew means “sure, faithful.”
  •  In the Christian Bible, Sat-Tat-Aum is spoken of as the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
  • Everything that exists pulsates, creating a rhythmic vibration that the ancient yogis acknowledged with the sound of Om.
  • As we chant Om, it takes us for a ride on this universal movement, through our breath, our awareness, and our physical energy, and we begin to sense a bigger connection that is both uplifting and soothing.
So, I learned that this was a very important part of our yoga practice. It connects all of us to the earth, the universe and each other. I am glad that our teacher made us “get our Aum back” in class and that she cared so much to get us to remember that we are not only at class for fitness reasons but to better ourselves spiritually as well.

http://www.yogamovement.com/resources/aum.html

http://www.yogajournal.com/basics/820

Is your Yoga teacher for real?!

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As many people have probably already read, the New  York Times published an article about the dangers of Yoga called How Yoga can wreck your body. Now, when I read this I was quite honestly upset because in the few months that I have been seriously trying to embrace all aspects of Yoga, I have seen a vast improvement in my mood, flexibility and over all feeling of well-being. But I also have an advantage over some people who might be trying Yoga for the first time as their first serious work out plan. I have been a dancer and I still consider myself an athlete. I was a pole vaulter in high school and college. This even made me become very away of my body placement and allowed me to learn and LISTEN to what my body was telling me. After all if my arm placements was wrong or if I was a half second off on an approach things could have gone horribly wrong.

But then I started thinking about people like my mother who are looking to get into shape and think that a lower level Yoga class could be the way for them to start stretching and getting their bodies going. People like my mother may not realize they are going to far too fast. They might not pick  up on certain sensations or feeling their body is sending that are clear warning signs for injury. And many of today’s Yoga instructors for large Gym chains (if they are not volunteering from outside studios) may not have the training or the desire to help all levels of students. Yoga is not a one sized fits all kind of thing; just like many people would not get up and say I am going to learn how to Pole vault today. But America has made it so main stream and lost the actual teaching and theories behind why they do the poses or the importance of breathing and I feel that is why we see a spike in Yoga related injury.

Today (when I was looking around the internet clearly not studying like I should have been doing) I came across another article that I think would be a good read for Yogis at ALL levels who are not teaching themselves. The Huffington post published an article called 5 ways to tell if your Yoga teacher has a clue. It provided clear warning signs that your instructor has no idea what they are talking about. In this type of environment a new Yoga practitioner is the most at risk to injure themselves. So please share this article with friends neighbors or anyone you know who is interested in taking up Yoga. For example, This video really says it all; you know something is up if this girl is teaching your class:

Now if you are more advanced you can still injure your self but again its like any sport you take up. Remember to listen to what your body is telling you and don’t fight into a pose. Accept where your body is in that moment of your practice and don’t fight it.

I also want to say that there are many great yoga teachers out there who amazing and I have encountered some at large gyms that were great. But the fact is, sometimes you need to really question your teacher and if they are a true Yoga teacher they will love your questions about the practice and love to teach you modifications etc.

Have a great weekend!

-Jess