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Give Up on Vulnerability

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Vulnerability is a word, a feeling, a being. It is a word that is supposed to mean: capable of being emotionally or physically wounded. The feeling associated with vulnerability is weakness and that heightened level of stress that is felt when there is a potential for the self to become wounded. Vulnerability as being is when there is no other choice, one has given up to making themselves stronger and more capable of meeting the challenges placed in front of them. Give up on vulnerability. Create a life out of perseverance.

Today in Power Yoga, a student said to me that I had “beat him up” (figuratively people!)  in this class. And he went on to say that it was a good thing. He is challenged in class, each and every time that he shows up. He goes home with a pep in his step and tells me that he feels like he could sleep all night long. This is from someone with insomnia. He is candid with himself throughout the class, he goes at his pace, sometimes skips a few poses that are a little too much at the moment; but always gets right back into his own groove.

A life of perseverance. This is a life we should lead. Being authentic with ourselves on the mat, knowing how hard or how gentle we need to be with our bodies. Meeting and rising to the challenge that is placed before us each and every day on the mat. It is we who have the opportunity to overcome those moments of vulnerability, it is we who can overcome weakness; shall we let go of vulnerability? Absolutely. Move forward with perseverance.

Namaste

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New Class

I’m excited! I will be teaching a new class starting the Month of June and I am looking forward to giving the gift of yoga to a new group of people! I was recently asked if I teach “asana” or “yoga”. That question sparked an interesting debate in my mind about the difference between the two. Asana is the actual posture in yoga practice. It is putting the body into a particular position for certain benefits, such as Extended Side Angle Pose (Utthita Parsvakonasana) as shown here.

Yoga postures Parshvakonasana

Yoga postures Parshvakonasana (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The difference between teaching asana and yoga is that yoga has eight limbs. Each limb corresponds with a way of living a life that brings a person closer to living yoga. The purpose of yoga is not only for physical health, but also a slowing down of the mental chatter, the monkey mind, that is ubiquitous throughout our daily lives. We are constantly moving, going, doing in this modern day and that “stuff” is a major contributor to our lack of self-awareness and mental well-being. A daily practice of yoga – and I don’t mean just asana, but the other forms of yoga as well, can aide us on our journey to live a more yogic lifestyle.

Here are the eight limbs, with a brief description of what each of the limbs means:

Yamas: our behavior toward ourselves

Niyamas: our behavior toward others

Asana: postures practiced

Pranayama: breath control

Pratyahara: withdrawal of the senses, turning inward

Dharana: stilling the mind with focus

Dhyana: meditation without a singular focus

Samadhi: transcendence, enlightenment

To you and your yoga journey today!

Namaste