“That’s exactly how it is in yoga. The places where you have the most resistance are actually the places that are going to be the areas of the greatest liberation.” —Rodney Yee
What poses do you love to hate?
Or hate to love?
Or just hate altogether?
We all have them, those poses that end up being the bane of our practice. The ones we secretly groan about when your teachers cue them in.
For me, it's plié. I can't stand holding plié, and my two main teachers were dancers. They can hold it all day long, talk, chat, have philosophical conversations while I'm just over here dying.
What is yours? Hit reply and let me know!
For many of my students at the YMCA, one of those frustrating poses is side plank.
And that's my fault. I don't teach it a lot. So for the past 2 months we've been focusing heavily on building the strength required to feel confident in this challenging pose.
This class is the first in a series that I'm creating that will help you build up that same strength and confidence.
Modify if you want to, pause the video if you need to, and repeat this practice weekly while you work on your core, arm, and hip strength.
And, most importantly, find joy in the process.
✨ Leave me a "I love and hate side plank!" on YouTube so that I know you're a part of this community!
One last thing before you go!
I am opening up my calendar for 4 new 1:1 clients this summer. This can be either in person if you live close by, or via zoom if you don't.
What you get: 1 hour of fully personalized instruction wherein we work together to achieve your goals.
Our meetings will be 1, 2, or 3 times per week for 3 months, depending upon your goals. This time frame is so that we have the opportunity to see the transformation that only occurs with dedication and perseverance. (Change does not happen overnight. 3 months is the minimum amount of time to begin to see changes in your body.)
Result: A stronger body, a more positive mindset, and a committed yoga practice; all of which lead to more energy, more joy, more confidence, better balance, better health, and better sleep.
If you're ready to say yes to a better body and a happier life, click HERE!
“Samadosha, samagnischa samadhatumala kriyaha |
prasanna atmenindriya manaha swasthya ityabhidheeyate ||”
What is health to you?
Is it the absence of disease?
Is it a certain amount of energy?
Is it regular bowels and lack of pain?
Is it being able to do a certain number of pushups?
Is it restful sleep?
What does being healthy mean to you?
According to Ayurveda, being healthy is so much more than just feeling good and being free from disease.
It is defined as...
"One who is established in Self, who has balanced doshas (primary life force), balanced agni (fire of digestion), properly formed dhatus (tissues), proper elimination of malas (waste products), well-functioning bodily processes, and whose mind, soul and senses are full of bliss is called a healthy person."
Do you feel like your health encompasses that definition?
It's a lot, isn't it? To find that kind of all encompassing balance in the system.
It's something that takes a lot of work, changing of habits, and awareness of the larger picture.
But it's also innately simple.
How to become, or remain, healthy is not something that is accessible only to the wealthy. It's available to you as well, if you have a mind to pursue it.
And, honestly, it starts with awareness.
Awareness of yourself in and out of balance.
Mentally and physically.
So, in today's free class, we work on an oft underused but oh so important muscle group: the hamstrings.
This is a set of muscles that run down the backs of the legs from the pelvis to the shin, and are used for hip extension and knee flexion.
Many people mistakenly believe they are tight, and wish to stretch them more, rather than strengthening them! But that's where you may be wrong. We need to build a balance of strength and stretch for these muscles in order to support the lower back and take some of the work out of the quads (front of the thigh).
Just like we need to build balance in all aspects of our lives.
But, you know, we have to start somewhere.
Practice awareness during this class. Notice how you feel in these postures. Notice where you feel in balance, and where you don't.
And, most importantly, enjoy!