Monday, December 2, 2013

Winter: open up, bend back.

December means winter practice.

To invigorate in the darkest days, to counter the inward pull of cold --necessary to do, but draining to stay down too long or too much-- we do backbends.

This posture is foreign to those inexperienced with yoga (or gymnastics or dance). It doesn't take much to feel the effects. Even a supported backbend counts!

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Friday, June 14, 2013

Friday, May 3, 2013

Blooming in your practice

I have not been here in a while.

There was illness, a death, and a birth. There's been a lot of assessing and sorting.

I'm back.

It isMay, and the best time to live in Michigan--in my opinion--next to October. The emphasis in spring is twisting, and that will continue through May.

There's a possibility of doing Paddle Board Yoga on the lake again this summer.

Further, I'm reading a book about the arrival of tantra yoga to America (based in the physical rather than just the spiritual):

The Great Oom: The Improbable Birth of Yoga in America, by Robert Love. It's scandalous and fascinating. I have always been more into finding balance through the body than with the unseen/unknown. The body is here; it's how we navigate this world.

Getting the body and breath to feel their best is the closest thing to divine we can prove. I'm content with making this life the pinnacle of humanity.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

February Flow '13

Last February, we focused practice on flow yoga, a style that uses continual movement and repeating sequences. It received good reviews, so it's time to flow freely in February '13.

This is different from the usually long-held "Power" poses I favor. It helps you feel loosened up and warm. Considering Real Winter seems at last upon us, what better time than now to unthaw your body?

I emphasize using props. If you have tender wrists or tight hips, for instance, reaching for the floor may hinder your fluidity. Reach instead for a chair seat or blocks.