Summer

Summer has finally arrived. You can use the heat to your advantage in your practice. With warmer weather muscles can become more pliable and challenging poses can become more accessible. The outdoors can become a  more inviting place to draw inspiration for invigorating practices.

Props

In Iyengar Yoga we use props such as sticky mats, blocks, straps, blankets, bolsters, chairs, walls, ropes, and sand bags to name a few.  When students begin taking yoga classes, they will likely use a sticky mat, blocks, straps, and blankets.  These items are used to promote stability, ease, and achieve alignment in poses. To …

Uplift

Take your chest upwards, bring your gaze up, and take your arms high to the sky. These actions can make you feel lighter and happier. Practicing contentment is known as santosha in sanskrit. Facilitating a benevolent consciousness is needed for the yogic journey.  We can practice yoga poses to generate positivity.  How we act socially …

Wake Up

Yoga Poses wake up dormant muscle groups. Different postures  work with a wide variety of joints and muscles. This helps to bring blood flow and energy to places that do not normally receive these precious resources. In turn we give our bodies a bath each time we practice as such we become established in sauca. …

Wisdom

According to B.K.S. Iyengar, ” Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured.” What can we change? What do we need to accept and face in order to transform? In yoga practice, if one is struggling with pose  there are ways to address this situation. Sometimes coming …

Mind Space

When we focus our minds on moving different parts of the body we naturally clear our thoughts. The mind can easily wander into the past and the future but it takes tapas, a burning desire, to persistently bring it back to the present . This practice helps to create space between our  consciousness and distracting …

Overcoming Fear

When you are afraid, how do you know? What physical signs do you experience in fearful moments? When do we decide to face our fears and when do we just simply back off? Recognizing you are afraid in any situation is a way to practice ahimsa non-violence to yourself.    The help manage fearful situations …

Two Pillars

The  two pillars of yoga consists of practice and dispassion. The first four petals of yoga involve the external world : social and internal observances, posture, and breath expansion. When we draw our senses inward, focus the mind on a single point and obtain higher meditative states we let go of the external world.  Eventually …

Sun Salutations

The sun has been shining brighter as summer approaches. One way to honor the sun through yoga practice is to do sun salutations. This sequence of poses increases strength, mobility, and will power.  Doing the series of poses in succession rhythmically with the breath brings heat to one’s practice.  To learn more about sun salutations …