Tag - Yoga

Yoga with medical conditions

A shout out to those of you with chronic medical conditions.  Hoo, it's hard.  I actually have three, and I will be having major surgery soon to finally address them successfully. Yoga is a practice of radical honesty that invites us to observe what is.  Even so, it has been an internal dance to not judge myself with how 'far' I have gotten as a yogi, a dancer, or in other areas of my life.  This is where having chronic...

Curious yoga

And so here we are.  A new year.  That is, an arbitrary demarcation in time, whatever that is.  A time of new year's resolutions, the classic ones being to lose weight and get fit.  To enact all of those healthy habits we know about it.  Practice every day. For many years I pulled away from these kinds of resolutions and goals and explored a softer approach.  I unravelled self-judgement about achieving, body image, eating, what I am 'doing' or 'not...

Yoga home practice

Being appropriate

There have been many articles about yoga, and yoga clothes, that I keep meaning to blog about. Here's one, about whether a yoga class is cultural appropriation. Of course this is a yes. It's also about being aware of not being a righteous yoga wanker. Something we are pro towards. Hey, I have been in arts academia, so I am down with the appropriation criticism. Yoga is not just for privileged white skinny women. It has a history and cultural context. This is...

Yoga home practice

Your yoga

What is your yoga style? Is your yoga about getting to class once or twice a week (which hey, is pretty damn good)? Or is it about practicing at home every day? Maybe it has to do with gaining strength, or regaining flexibility, or taking a moment for yourself to try and relax? All of these are valid, but I bet you have even more... When the phone rings and you know who it is, you don't want to answer,...

Thou Shalt Not

For a couple of days, I've been stewing over an article I didn't even read. The title was enough: Can you drink alcohol and be a serious yogi? When I mentioned it to Annalise, this was her reaction: "Oh my. That really makes me sick. Going to yoga is one of the few options people have where they can possibly be spiritual, feel better about themselves, or at the very least let go of stress. The last thing anyone needs in...

Ready to roll (one vertebrae at a time, people)

It's been a few months of hints, nudges, thinking, sorting, discussing, planning, writing, scheming, feeling, dreaming, researching and listening... And suddenly we are in motion. Finalizing  a logo. Placing orders. Scheduling markets. Meanwhile, all of those other, ah, less active modes are still in full swing. In less than two weeks, we will open our market canopy (no doors - yet) to a dream that we have heard again and again will work here. We're working hard to make it...