Why we meditate

Why we Meditate, Eden Goldman

Why we Meditate, Eden Goldman

Saw this on all.things.fadra’s Facebook timeline. Perfect portrait of the monkey mind and the importance of meditation.

~Namaste~

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Brave enough for Yoga Shorts?

If you’ve visited my Etsy profile you’ll know that I’m a lover of crafters and the crafty. People seemed to really dig my recent leggings feature, so I thought I’d share some fave yoga shorts from Etsy.

Brave enough for yoga shorts, or are you more comfy in your tights?

PurushaPeople, Etsy

PurushaPeople, Etsy

CausticThreads, Etsy

CausticThreads, Etsy

KayaYogaWear, Etsy

KayaYogaWear, Etsy

Siluetmode, Etsy

Siluetmode, Etsy

Crafty Yoga

After reading Hally Marlino’s post about yoga pants on YOGANONYMOUS today, I — like about 98% of commenters on the post — fell in love with the mermaid leggings featured. After performing a Google image search for the groovy, scaled leggings, I decided to wander over to Etsy to see what those crafty yoga enthusiasts were offering.

Some of my faves:

Hayley Elliot, Etsy

Hayley Elliot, Etsy

SoulRole, Etsy

SoulRole, Etsy

Satya Yoga Wear, Etsy

duende74, Etsy

duende74, Etsy

Yoga, Joga, Jocks & Apples

I’ve been doing JOGA with Jana Webb DVD (@jogawithjana) this week  and I’m really feeling it in my core. In case you don’t know, JOGA is Yoga for jocks. Jana works her program with professional and elite athletes and I got to practice with her (as a guest…I’m neither elite, not professional!) when she was training aspirants in my city.

This image by Phil Jones really tells the story, and it was too cute NOT to share. Enjoy & Namaste.

Phil Jones, Apple Core Workout

Phil Jones, Apple Core Workout

Yogic Spring Cleaning

Depending on where in the world you live, you’re likely mere hours away from the March Vernal Equinox, which is scheduled for 11:02 UTC (March 20). Technically there won’t actually be 12 hours each of light and darkness, though that’s the thought behind the vernal equinox.

from CelticLady blog

from CelticLady blog

What effect — if any — does this have on our yoga practice?

Depending on where you practice yoga, you may have a number of special classes devoted to the passing of the equinox. The passage of the spring vernal equinox is considered to be a time of renewal and rebirth, and it’s for this reason that many people — yogi and non-yogi alike — partake in cleansing practices.

I’ve decided to focus on twists, holds, and inversions to help me with my internal spring cleaning — physically and metaphysically speaking.  Some staples will be:

Bharadvajasana I (Seated Spinal Twist): This twist is an excellent pose for stretching the spine, shoulders, and hips, while also massaging abdominal organs — improving digestion.

Salabhasana (Locust pose): This holding pose is an important component of any cleansing sequence — it energizes the body while relieving constipation and indigestion.

Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Dog pose): This inversion is simple enough for a beginner to do, but intermediate and advanced yogis can benefit immensely from its many benefits, including improving digestive functions, relieving headaches and fatigue (which can be common side effects of cleansing).

*thank you to YogaJournal online for its poses index — a wonderful resource!

Savasana: the most challenging pose

savasana

Yoga Dawg Howls, Facebook

Cartoons like this one from Yoga Dawg Howls’ Facebook page are misleading. When we see people lying flat on the floor in yoga, eyes closed, and enjoying the final pose of their practice, it looks like it should be the easiest thing in the world.

I know that savasana can be challenging for teachers because students in group classes often decide to pack up as soon as savasana is introduced. To some students, savasana signals the end of the practice.

It’s not my schedule or even my lack of patience that challenges me in savasana though, it’s my monkey mind. I love fast paced vinyasas and challenging asana holds because they require concentration, but it’s the release and the surrender that savasana evokes that I find so difficult. And it may seem strange, but when I practice alone, I have an even more difficult time committing to this pose.

How’s your savasana?

I found Yoga Jude on Project Eve this morning and boy am I glad I did! Her animated yoga video is super-duper cute. Click the link and check it out.