Posts in yoga
How to practice alone

I’m afraid of the dark. I still run for the bed after turning off the lights at night. The bed is safe. Under the covers, I’m protected. Maybe I watched Gremlins, or Jaws, or It and they left an impression that plays out every time the lights go out until I’m safe in bed?

The point is I’m a grown man. I shouldn’t be afraid of the dark, but I am. And only at night. At 4am when I’m stumbling around to the shower before practice, the darkness doesn’t bother me. I have no fear at 4am. I’m not thinking enough to be afraid.

The first 10 minutes of my practice is on autopilot.

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Where is your yoga mat?

I find it incredibly hard to start again. I’m unsure of my voice. 

Over the past 3 months I started to write about a few different topics and each time I talked myself out it. I allowed things to come up and distract me. I got away from my practice of writing.

How do you get started again?

 

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Why practice?

There was a time when practice was a form of punishment. A punishment worthy of the crime I felt I had committed. Getting up in the AM to be alone on the mat was part of my penance. I was, Doing Time. Doing Mysore.

The beauty of these feelings being contained to practice was that I was able to work through my crap. Examine it, dissect it, experiment on it, and own it. 

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Stretching tells you the truth

We practice this yoga for ourselves, for a connection to our core, and that ripples out effecting everyone we come into contact with. Everyone we are in a relationship with.

A relationship requires two happy and healthy individuals. . .

How do these individuals survive the distance, the hours, the diets, clothing, habits of a Mysore practice?

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Are you part of the 95%

90 to 95% of the population will take this way out if given the option.

When The Boss flip-flopped his hand at me and said, 'You do.' I was being guided through Inhibitory learning. I was being allowed to fail and test out my fear in a safe environment. I wasn't endangering myself or others, well maybe Angela, Lu and Danny, but I wasn't endangering my future.

I was being pushed beyond my comfort zone.

Dr. Sam has a direct link to your local pharmacy and a vast array of 'gifts' for you. Western medical science has come up with a patch for many health problems. Taking a CNS depressant for PTSD, panic-attacks, OCD, or Social-Anxiety Disorder. (BACK BENDS?!?)

Are you in the other 5 percent?

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You are not your injury

Have you ever been in intense physical pain and then adding insult to injury you get some emotionally devastating news? Do you let it stop you? Or do you rise up agains it?

The first time I went into the mysore room after fracturing and dislocating the clavicle, I was afraid, scared, sad, and confused. I didn’t know what I was going to do.

I unrolled my mat and stood at the top. I closed my eyes and surrendered.

Ekam - Inhale, arm up

Dve - Exhale, lower

Trini - Inhale, head lifts

Catvari - ( I can’t lower down, I can’t jump back, I can’t . . .)

My head was filled with I can’t.  And that would have stopped me. But I wanted to figure it out. I was determined not to let an injury take this away.

If this practice is for anyone and everyone, then the injured can do this practice too!

Read how to modify your practice to fit your injury HERE

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Life is not an Advice column: HT get back on track after a holiday . . .

Around this time of year everyone seems to have advice. Everyone seems to have a New Year’s resolution. 

I propose you create a New Year’s excuse.

    “I can’t do (blank) because of (blank)” 

No one forces you to eat anything as a grown adult. No one MAKES you follow the governments recommendations for nutrition. And those recommendations are based off of a FOR-PROFIT industry anyway. They make money off of you eating what they tell you is OK. And then they make money off of you when you get sick. 

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Where do you get your medical information?

I know you care about your health!
I know that when we are sick we don’t always have clear, level headed thoughts.

Every doctor, nurse, physician, tech, janitor that I have worked with, the good one’s at least . . . know that they don’t have all the answers. We turn to each other for help.

Compiled below is a list of websites that I and fellow colleagues turn to for help.

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Thinking about food?

Student Question: Why don't we drink water during class?

Have you ever gotten a cramp during a run? 
Muscles used for peristalsis (the movement of food along the intestinal tract) are locking down trapping food that produces gas. 
When running your heart can’t keep the necessary blood volume up to digest food AND give blood to the muscles engaging in a fight-or-flight response. 
The primitive part of the brain takes over and shuts down the entire GI system. The brain thinks it’s being chased by an animal and going to die.

Navasana is a beast! It want’s to eat you.

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Are you flexible enough to do yoga?

The Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series is about moving forward. Moving forward into your best possible self; healthy, flexible in mind and body, and strong. 
The muscle groups that primary series targets are the hamstrings, abs, chest & shoulders. The muscle group that most people use as an excuse and hold themselves back from trying a yoga class, tight hamstrings. 
The standing sequence and standing asana’s of primary series lengthen the hamstrings, among other things.

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