Some of my Wednesday morning yoga participants have been doing yoga for a long time. They really get it and are totally devoted to their practice and well being. I love the image here because they all have their head in line with their backbones!
On June 3rd from 12noon until 4pm, Heaven Scent will be at “The Fools Market”, a pop up monthly market at 1917 Gerrard Street East (east of Woodbine). We will have a variety of soaps for you and your loved ones….
HAPPY FATHERS DAY DAD!
Our next Soap Sample Give Away at the Big Carrot will be on Saturday June 16th from 1pm to 4:30. We will be having a 15 % off sale. Eucalyptus and Bergamot with Cedarwood Soap will be available if you are looking for Fathers Day gift items. All our soap bars can be used for Shampoo, Shower and Shaving Bars.
get some soap
Yesterday, I visited the Boyz at Orbital Arts. Their friend Matt was there. We got chatting about yoga. Matt wondered about Upward Facing Dog. In a vary limited space, he demonstrated how he went from plank to upward facing dog.
I thought of a few more important points to that asana…..
In order to keep the weight from sitting in your low back…keep in mind that it is an upper body weight bearing exercise. Let the work be in your arms and lengthen your heels away from your waist. In this case, your toes are turned under. Try not to lock your elbows. They stay bent and hug into your ribs.
If you focus on opening your chest and taking the weight in your arms, there will be less pressure compressing on your lumbar. Shoulders are always dropping away from your ears and sliding down your back. Its more that your wings tuck in and come forward and apart rather than “squeezing them together”
YOGA DIARIES/TALK YOGA
When I was 9 years old, I was introduced to yoga. My sister and I use to go down to “the apartments” on Queen St. East at Craven Rd where we were taught Alternate Nostril Breathing. We were given a poster of Sun Salutation. The woman who “taught” us wasa free spirited , pot smoking, free loving hippie who was the older sister of my brothers friend…. It was 1969. I remember that poster being hung at the end of a hallway in our house. Trying to do those poses unassisted was short lived and frustrating to say the least.
In 1987, my friend Dominique convinced me to go to a yoga class with her and the teacher allowed me to bring my child (stroller and all) to the class. At that time, yoga showed me how disconnected I was from myself and how in many ways, I existed from the head up. I can’t even say I really liked it, it was hard and awkward and I tried to understand everything intellectually.
The stress of my life was too much and I quit. Thank god, my teacher sent me a letter once telling me that she was going to save a spot for me in her class whenever I was ready to return. What a gift she gave me. Her name is Elissa Gallender. She inspired me to teach.
I grew to love yoga but my practice was superficial. I was working too hard to “do yoga” instead of getting out of the way and letting “yoga do me”
Yoga made me feel good…and I wanted more but I was never able to master the art of dicipline.
I think it comes to each of us thru perserverance and dedication and time.
I believe INSPIRATION is the best motivator to establish a dicipline. Pain, illness and residing in an aging body are also very good motivators.
Yoga really does mean to unify ones self in all of our various parts and the poses and conscious breathing are simply the means to get there! Horray for yoga
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