It is a must that your teacher do the practice. It is only through experience, that is genuine and not regurgitated that you can be authentic. Yoga is a lifelong commitment not a 200 hour training. It’s a daily, weekly, monthly, yearly, decade and more- of struggle, epiphany, plateau, liberation, stumbles, freedom that your appreciation grows and your patience increases and your attachment lets go. It is through having a young body, old body, sick body, well body that you truly love your body. There is no greater miracle than our form. How all these parts and pieces continually work together with out much need from us but that they will work together even better if we get involved and interested in their workings. 2019 is coming make the commitment for a full straight year of yoga with minimum 4 day a week commitment and minimum 30 minutes a day. What do you think? That’s only 2 hours a week. Such a small commitment. If you end up doing more, awesome but make a definitive minimum. #natarajasana#dancerpose#shivaspose#kapotasanavariation#homepractice#yoga#nonglamorousyoga#sthirasukhamasanam#flexibility#ashtangi
Haven’t practiced hollow back in a while. It’s good for me, as it helps me with my stiff shoulders. I enjoy the level of dharana that it requires. I love when I can use gravity in my favor. My trapezius muscles and levator scap muscles feel it afterwards. I love poses that have such a symbiotic relationship of stability and ease. You definitely need both in this asana. Can you notice when I get a foot cramp? Hee Hee. Can you spy my little polly parrot? If only I had 2 hours everyday to practice? The struggles of being a yogi householder. #dharana#mustloveyoga#hollowback#homepractice#yoga#shouldermobility#sthirasukhamasanam#ashtangi
Jetzt habe ich es auch schriftlich!!!!!🥰🙏💫🎶👏 Die ersten 2,5 Jahre sind geschafft!!! Ganz offiziell bin ich !!!!YOGALEHRERIN!!!! BDY!!!!Basic 💪
🧘♀️ Ich bin soooo unglaublich happy und freue mich sehr.
Meine Kolleginnen und ich aus der Yoga-Ayurveda-Akademie-Krefeld haben ein tolles Vorweihnachtsgeschenk bekommen. 🙏Vielen Dank für die großartige Unterstützung von Birgit Jennissen und alle Referenten die uns bis hierher so liebevoll begleitet und unterstützt haben. Ich freue mich auf die restlichen 1,5 Jahre die nun auf unserer Zielgeraden liegen. Danke 🙏 Danke 🙏 Danke 🙏 -
Balance is one of the hardest, yet most important aspects to include in your practice. Why? Bc so many of us struggle with it, especially athletes (minus those who balance for their sport - gymnast, divers, etc.). This week we did a crap-ton of balancing in class to work on the tiny muscles in your feet and to strengthen the stabilizers in your ankle that protect your knees and everything else up the kinetic chain. .
2 keys to balancing: 1. Stop thinking. Once you start thinking about how bad you suck at balancing, you fall. Seriously. Concentrate on the rhythm of your breath instead..
2. Balancing is not a passive act. Instead of just “hoping” you’ll stay in place, press into your feet, activate your standing leg, feel your quadriceps turn on, and then find extension in ALL directions. Balancing takes both strength AND calm.
So don’t get frustrated. Keep at it. Try these tips. And remember there is little to no therapeutic value in only working on the things we’re already good at. 🙏🏽
Quad killa. One thing I love about asana is the interdependence between strength and flexibility. To safely access the postures (especially deeper variations) it is essential to work on both aspects equally. When I began yoga, I had a decent amount of flexibility from many years of cheerleading and a tiny bit of gymnastics. Strength, not so much. I couldn’t even do a push up. I relied so much on this flexibility that I ended up with a serious injury within my first six months of practice. It took years to fully heal, and was a frustrating process, but I consider that injury an important teacher. These days I have to say I honestly look forward to strength training way more than stretching. I often have to remind myself to continue practicing flexibility. It’s interesting to observe the way things shift throughout the years. These leg lifts and folds are part of my current set of go-to movements for practicing both simultaneously. 🎧 Trentemøller
C I R C L E S|| practice is a never ending circle of death and rebirth. We go through many evolutions of our practise within the lifetimes of our practice. Whether it’s an injury, a new posture or an emotional blockage working its way out, these perceived bumps in the practice are actually our practice going through a small death and taking us towards a new rebirth. Just as in life, in order for something new to come in we must let go of the old. Surrendering to this process of constant change has led me through many cycles of this practice and has taught me to stay steady and calm in the ever changing patterns of practice and life.
Feel more, think less.
Working on pulling my brain out of my body.
Anxiety, stress, depression... whenever any one of those starts to creep in, for me it’s a sign I’m WAY too much in my head, and it’s time to get into the body feels, instead. 🙏🏻
Long distance family time. It’s not easy being so far apart, but we are making it work for now. This move has been a slow process, but it’s a big change for all of us. Change is a constant in life. Our yoga practices allow us to ride these waves of change with steadiness and ease. #sthirasukhamasanam#yogafam#familytime#missingyou#LAtoNC
"En la práctica, cada postura nos prepara para la siguiente; en la vida, cada situación nos prepara para la siguiente".
#respira#respiralavida#sthirasukhamasanam = "Firmeza y confort en nuestras vidas".
Little STHIRA little SUKHA
Finding the place between stability and ease
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Asana - "sthira sukham asanam"
Asana is the third limb in the Eight Limbs of Yoga from Patanjali’s ‘Yoga Sutras’ and it literally means ‘seat’ - specifically the seat you take for meditation. The most important and in fact the only description of asana given in the Yoga Sutras is “sthira sukham asanam”, meaning that every asana should be 'STEADY' and 'COMFORTABLE' - STHIRA and SUKHA. 'Sthira' means steady or stable or grounded or strong and 'Sukha' means comfortable or easy (or 'easeful') or peaceful. Whenever you practice yoga you're trying to find that balance between these two aspects. Seeking this equilibrium is what it’s all about!
If we can be steady and comfortable and not ‘pulled’ by the aches and pains of the body, or distracted by restlessness due to an uncomfortable position or a whirling mind, we can sit in meditation ‘endlessly’! This, according to the Eight Limbs of Yoga, is the purpose of asana.
But... it’s not just about that perfect seat.
This constant exploration between Sthira and Sukha in our asana / yoga postures, as with all things, impacts our daily life. Asana teaches us to strengthen areas of weakness, shed light on places unlit and relax areas of contraction. It encourages us to practise acceptance, allowing things to just ‘BE’ and teaches us to cultivate balance in our life - to live with contentment and ease.
It encourages us to practice acceptance, allowing things to just ‘BE’ and teaches us to cultivate balance in our life - to live with contentment and ease.
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Vismamitrasana, a pose which requires an enormous amount of mobility and strength.
A blend of power and openness.
A reminder of how I want to be in this world.
Learn this pose with me! Tonight @thehouseofyogi ✨
“Aus hartem Holz geschnitzt! Brett vorm Kopf! Holz vorn Hüttn! Holzkopf! Holzwurm!“ Für mich hat Holz viele weiche Schichten aber im ganzen eine sehr starke und harte Gesamtstruktur.
Also....nicht harte Schale weicher Kern🤔nein ☝️sonder einmal anderes herum!
Einzelne Schichten sind sanft und ich kann gaaaaanz weich sein. Aber in der Gesamtkomposition stehe ich wie ein Fels....wie ein Pfahl....für mich und für meine Lieben, im Leben. -
Holz ist Leben und ich liebe Holz!
Ein Produkt aus Bäumen!
Mit tiefen und festen Wurzeln und imposanten und ausladenden Ästen. -
Standhaftigkeit und zugleich Leichtigkeit!
Das ist Yoga!
Verwurzelt und fest im Leben verankert und gleichzeitig leicht und luftig, wie sich im Wind bewegende Äste.
Das ist Leben! -
Sthira – sukham – āsanam
Die ideale Haltung ist stabil und leicht zugleich.
Quelle: Patañjali *Das Yogasutra