While it’s hard to fathom pain, despair and trauma as blessings, there are gifts to be gleaned from having experienced them. For instance, some of the early lessons of the pandemic were an appreciation for a slower pace of life and spending more time in nature.
This life force is known by many names. The yogis call it prana and activate it through breath and postures. Acupuncturist call it qi and balance its movement through a network of pathways. Martial artists also call it chi and learn to cultivate its mastery through years of disciplined practice.
As a holistic practice, yoga is more than a philosophy. It’s a vibrant, embodied, living practice that increases self-awareness and deepens insight. Additionally it cultivates mindfulness, compassion, and equanimity.
Ahimsa is a reminder to be gracious with our tender parts. This precept reminds us that nonviolence begins from within. We all come into this world with a need for love and belonging.
A year ago, I was sitting in a studio with two dozen strangers eager to become Yin Yoga teachers. I had been struck with blinding inspiration months before. In a flash, I saw how to embody deep psychological work with yin yoga. I just needed…
While the ideal situation is to practice within a community, it’s not a deal breaker if you can’t. Or, I don’t know, happen to be living during a pandemic. The internet is loaded with free videos. Read on to discover Kerry’s favorite FREE online yoga classes!
The soul is quite clever in its endeavors. It has mad skills that lures us to paint, sing, dance, build sanctuaries, plant gardens, raise children, write poetry, climb mountains, and all the other things humans do to discover themselves in life.
Yin yoga was born from Taoist philosophy. The postures are more passive, occur mainly on the floor and are held for longer periods of time. It’s unique in that you let gravity do the work. There is no efforting. We surrender and release.
Yin is an introspective practice that allows us to turn inward and nurture the calm, quiet center within. It is a practice in stillness, patience, and non-reactivity – all of which are highly transferable life skills. Please read on to learn more about the benefits of developing a yin yoga practice.
The Yamas and Nimayas are a dynamic duo in yoga philosophy that provide general guidelines for balanced living. They are the first two branches of a larger path intended to bring meaning and purpose to life through right ways of being