Yogi’s Choice

I have been practicing and teaching yoga for several years.  One of the well-intentioned, but incorrect comments I hear most often about yoga, “Oh, I’d love to take yoga once I get into better shape.”  Yoga is my passion.  I can promise you, it’s available to everyone.  When I took my first yoga class, I couldn’t hold Dolphin pose for the length of even one breath.  It didn’t matter.  It wasn’t about what I could or couldn’t do on the mat.  Every class was a lesson about myself – my expectations, my failings, and everything in between.  After practicing for a couple of years, I could hold Dolphin pose for a very long time.  After a surgical procedure a year ago, I am back to struggling with Dolphin Pose.  Once again, I have to let go of where I was and focus on where I am.

Currently for me, yoga is about being in the present moment and accepting myself as as I am.  What yoga means to me changes with the passage of time.  As does everything.  One rule still holds true when engaging in the physical asana practice: do what feels right for your body in the present moment.  I am always telling my students – it’s yogi’s choice.  Every pose can be modified to meet you where you are.  Below, you will see a modification for Downward Facing Dog.  If you can’t put pressure on your wrists, or have tight hamstrings, this alternative is great.  It’s a great pose for releasing the lower back – one of the areas where we hold most of our tension.

Tonight, I am teaching a Level One Vinyasa class at Provance Chiropractic at 5:30 p.m.  Come join us and see how yoga practice can enhance your life.  Make the choice to try yoga!  AMS_mod

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