Yoga Rituals

The holiday season is upon us bringing a time of many seasonal rituals. Like the holidays, spiritual practices such as yoga are marked by their own customs and procedures. Unlike the yearly rites of passage of the holidays which bring food and gifts, the aim of yogic rituals is spiritual.  The goals of yoga are …

Regularity

One way to be successful in yoga is to practice regularly.  It is better to practice yoga for 20 minutes each day then to practice yoga for hours sporadically. Over time you will see the yoga benefits and your understanding of yoga will deepen. To help stay on track attend at least one weekly yoga …

Yoga Tools

There are different techniques and strategies to help us stay on the path of yoga. Going to weekly yoga classes taught by Certified Iyengar Yoga Teachers (CIYTs)  can contribute to regularity in yoga practice. Doing yoga at the same time in the same place in your home is a way to stay on track. Wearing …

Exercise

Yoga is more than exercise. Geeta Iyengar said, ” We are missing the gold if we do asanas as physical practice only.” Although there are many health benefits to yoga, the poses have a profound impact on one’s consciousness. What we gain from yoga asanas are more than the benefits of feeling good. What we …

Learning Yoga

Students learn yoga poses in a systematic way. The family of yoga postures taught first are the standing yoga poses. The feet are taught to be close together first like in Tadasana, Mountain Pose, as this is similar to how people stand normally. After introducing narrow standing yoga poses the wide standing poses are taught. …

Attain

When we first start doing yoga we work to learn and attain yoga poses. The goal becomes putting oneself in a yoga position with correct muscular and skeletal alignment.  We learn and grasp how to do the yoga poses at different speeds. Once a yoga pose has been attained it must be maintained over time.  …

Yoga Relaxation

Yoga can help us relax. By using our limbs we can put ourselves into different positions conducive to relaxation. By cultivating a state of relaxation we can feel gratitude for having achieved such place within ourselves. Relaxation is one of the goals of yoga. We try to practice the aim of relaxation. When we become …

Coping

Yoga can help us cope. Yoga can be a coping skill while teaching us coping techniques at the same time. There are therapeutic benefits when we completely focus on the breath and body. By practicing yoga we can learn how to make peaceful contact with difficult thoughts and emotions. Yoga can help us to learn …

Persistence

One way to overcome obstacles in our yoga practice with is with tenacity. We just have to keep trying until we achieve our goals. If having a yogic goal seems challenging think of different options. Perhaps, it’s to practice the same amount of time every time everyday whether that is 20 minutes of 2 hours. …