Yoga practice isn't always in a classroom or studio. I'll let you in on a secret: sometimes (ok, a lot of the times) the only time a yoga teacher fits in their own yoga practice is on the floor of their lounge room, in between kids' nap times, studio classes and bathroom breaks.
But that is completely ok! Yoga is a part of your life, not just an hour in your week that you arrive at and leave promptly after.
So enjoy a little bit of #everydayyoga from us at Clear Skies Yoga. Today's is a great stretch for you lower back!
Start by kneeling on all fours - your hands should be below your shoulders and knees directly below your hips.
Exhale and arch your spine - Inhale, tightening your core muscles - and round your back (like a cat). Be sure to move slowly between positions, hold each for 5 to 10 seconds. Go for 10!
I worked out today. My anxiety has taken control of me the past few weeks but today, I was told to take pre workout and kick my ass, so I did legs today because they're my favorite and I ended it with a quick yoga session as always. I need to get my shit together.
••attachment // aversion••
Attachment is that which rests on pleasant experiences. Aversion is that which rests on sorrowful experiences. Raga, or "attachment," and dvesha, or "aversion," are two of the five klesha, or "impediments," that we face in becoming whole.
Clinging to a preference, whether it is from attachment or aversion, creates suffering. It is also the precise moment when you can grow by choosing to recognize attachment or aversion for what it is.
This is probably the dirtiest photo I've ever taken. By that, I mean I'm covered in mud and could feel it all squishing between my toes and the earthy tones of mud and creek water were filling my senses in a very new way. I'm definitely attached to being clean, and most would say there's nothing wrong with that, hygiene is important. But this attachment creates suffering. My boyfriend jumped in the creek and pulled out a huge, smelly log and wanted me to human/log traverse. Call me crazy, but that's the last thing I wanted to do in my clean clothes, freshly bathed body and brushed hair. I got angry at him, I probably made him feel guilty for wanting to do something silly and fun in the woods. I was pissed because I had classes to teach, still had photos to take, and the vision of being dropped in the mud and laughed at was making me upset even though none of it had even happened. I allowed this suffering into our experience. But, I looked at him all muddy and happy and decided it was fine if I got dirty. It's just Earth after all. For a second I thought I couldn't take anymore stupid yoga photos for Instagram....I mean seriously, I practice in my own sweat and tears all the time but the idea of being muddy in a freaking photo?! Geez. Anyway, neil told me not to change and just do my pose anyway, and guess what I didn't die 🤗 I washed my hands and legs in the creek afterwards and sat on a grocery bag in the car, my skin didn't melt and my body didn't reject my yoga pose. Moral of my story, being clean is OK until it stops you from being fun to be around.
Day 4 #bindingyogalove
Magical moments with Mummyji. Many of you know from being connected with me via Facebook (where she has an entire album called 'Mummyji') and here on Instagram via stories - that Mummyji @manjulakumar is "my person". Above & beyond being my mum - she is the person closest to me & a good friend. As many of my friends embrace the changing relationship with ageing parents which forces us to embrace mortality - I am reminded of the many ways Mummyji has tread a path to illuminate change for myself & others. It is both the most humbling & heartbreaking experience to recognise that I cannot wave a magic wand and simply make things better, but must accept reality and make the best of what is. As many parents would like to freeze their children growing up too quickly, I would like to freeze my mum from getting older (ridiculous, childish & unrealistic as it is). I am both filled with admiration & awe at Mummyji's spirit, her tenacity, her resolve to be healthy & happy at every stage of her life & her ability to enjoy wonder in the everyday. This is her at one of her favourite places - a small park where we grew up. Time passes & with it comes change. It forces me to live my everyday yoga of acceptance of what is & to enjoy the moment because the moment always passes. Whoever is your person, I hope you get to enjoy some time with them this week & create future memories while being passionately present. ♥️ .
Beautiful Yoga practice in Nature ” The earth is an infinite source of free electrons. Human beings are a complex and dynamic electrical circuitry that benefits from being grounded.” ~ Paula Baker – Laporte
Imagine practicing yoga in nature …. the air you breath is so pure and clean and oxygenized you almost taste it; the sun’s rays warm you with a gentle radiant heat from head to toe or the silvery rays of the moon calm and sooth you all over; the cooling breezes caress the skin; the subtle electrical pulsations flow through you from the atmosphere, the earth and the plants; the melodious songs of nature serenade you; the hues and tones of earth, leaf, flower, bark, water, sand or sky soothe the mind. At times nature presents a colourful gift – a rainbow or two. You feel are one with nature.
Yoga Sutralar der ki; pratik yapmak seçim yapmaktır. (En sevdiğim sutralardan biridir. Çünkü her şey yaptığım seçimle başladı.) Yoga yapmayı seçtiysen, bunu hayatına yansıt. Yoga sadece asanalardan ibaret değildir. Yaşamının her adımına yansıtabilmektir asıl yoga. Kimseye tabi ki hiç bir şey kanıtlamak zorunda değilsin.
Yapmadığın pratikleri, öğrencine bunu yap, böyle ol yoga bunu gerektirir demek sence uygun mu? Yoganın temel felsefesi 8 basamağı unutma. Sen yaptığını yansıt ki öğrenci bunu görüp alabilsin. 😊 Başkalarının ne yaptığını bırak ve önce kendine, kendi pratiğine dön. 🌟 🌟 #namaste 📸😘@simgeuralyoga