Yoga Vita

Musings on Yoga, Life, and the Yoga Life


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Need For Speed

There’s some genius, I believe, in the proper ashtanga vinyasa count, including taking precisely five breaths in each standing and primary pose. This fast pace may be a bit anomalous in the world of yoga/asana, but it works. Before I started adhering to these guidelines, it would take me about an hour and 45 minutes just to complete primary. I would take about six long breaths in each pose, and I would take extra breaths to get into poses–and I usually left practice feeling pretty wiped out. At the time, I suppose, that worked for me. But now I really enjoy flying through my practice at the prescribed pace. I’ve developed a need for speed. Now I’m practicing full primary plus the first few poses of secondary (up to dhanurasana), and I’m spending extra time on backbends, and I’m done in about an hour and a half, with savasana. And I leave the shala feeling GREAT–energetic, clear, light.

I’m really, really enjoying my practice these days. I’m so grateful for ashtanga yoga.


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The Anti-NaBloPoMo

Good god, I can’t believe it’s been three weeks since I’ve blogged! Time, as they say, flies. Especially when you suddenly start teaching six yoga classes a week. My recent teaching experience has reminded me of a few important facts:

1. I really enjoy teaching. The students I’ve been working with are great, and I love the feeling of sharing the yoga I’ve learned with other people. Warm fuzzies all around.

2. It’s really, really hard to get to bed at 8:30. Nay, impossible. Yet it’s the only way for me to get up at 5 and feel well-rested. So I’ve been a little tired every day since the 6 am course started. Blah.

3. Ashtanga yoga is hard! The students in my morning beginners intensive, who are all pretty enthusiastic learners, were nonetheless seriously dragging by the end of week two. So I’ve scaled back the intensity of the classes a bit- – just because a student can do something, doesn’t mean they need to.

And now I have to run to do my last few tasks at work and catch my bus. Zip, zip, zip around is all I seem to do lately. . .