Patience Creates Peace: In Life and Yoga
“He that can have patience can have what he will.” ― Benjamin Franklin
Patience is a virtue. Is it? Do you practice patience? I know for me it’s something I struggle with every day even though I know that patience creates peace. If we are patient, we won’t jump to conclusions. We won’t be hasty with our choices. We won’t give up if something isn’t giving us immediate results. Patience, such a simple concept but so very hard to actually apply to our lives.
How do you practice patience in your every day life? I have a two year old. So you can imagine how trying raising a two year old can be as far as patience. Why is it that we lose patience with those we love more than anyone? Why are we so much more patient with strangers than with ourselves and loved ones? Or why are we so much more patient when we are dating someone at first than a year down the line? I think it has to do with expectations. Once we expect a certain thing from someone, or from ourselves and we set the standard on what things are supposed to be like. Losing our patience becomes directly correlated with failing to meet those expectations. With strangers, with the beginning of relationships, we either haven’t yet created standards, or they are very low which enables us to practice more patience and understanding.
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Prenatal Yoga: For the General Population?
"Life is always surprising to me. When you think it’s going to get dull, it never really does." -Conor Oberst
A couple of months ago, I took an additional Prenatal yoga training over the course of three days. I have been teaching Prenatal for seven years and yet, there are always still things to learn! Prenatal yoga classes are possibly my favorite and most rewarding classes that I teach. From watching these woman literally grow into moms, reading their emails after they give birth, seeing their baby’s picture, and then teaching them all over again in a regular class and maybe even a prenatal class when they are on their next child, it comes back to full circle and makes me feel like I am doing something so meaningful and important with my life.
"To be pregnant is to be vitally alive, thoroughly woman, and undoubtedly inhabited." -Anne Buchanan & Debra Klingsporn
There is nothing like a pregnant woman. Even going through it myself, I still can not fathom the concept of growing another human being within your body. I look at my daughter and think: she lived inside of me. What?! That’s soooo strange and sci-fi ish. I can’t wrap my head around it. The things a woman’s body goes through during pregnancy is amazing. My goal is to do what I can to make them feel good, rested and informed. Bringing pregnant woman together in a class is particularly special because of the community feeling of the class. Women who are going through the same thing, the same amazing journey, get to share the experience together.
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How aware are you? Gaining Body Awareness in Yoga
"It’s all a matter of paying attention, being awake in the present moment, and not expecting a huge payoff. The magic in this world seems to work in whispers and small kindnesses.” ― Charles de Lint
One of the major benefits of doing yoga is gaining body awareness. Some yogis might have more body awareness naturally while others may not, but either way as you begin to practice yoga you begin to get to know yourself. At the very least you learn where you hold tension, like when your instructor puts you in pigeon for the first time and you realize just how tight your hips are! You learn from what muscles are sore after you practice. You learn what your body tends to do which might work against alignment (i.e. your instructor tells you time and again ”Johnny, watch that front knee in your warriors, you are collapsing it in” ) and therefore you can improve your form. We learn the areas we love to stretch (those ahhhhhh moments) and the areas we hate to strengthen (can we say chair pose anyone?). But the fact is you can not take even one yoga class without learning something about yourself, body and mind.
So as you move through your practice try to become more aware of your awareness. Hahaha. Seriously though, take inventory of your body and notice what you are feeling. Always checking in with your body will also enable to gauge your improvement which is motivating and rewarding. A centimeter improvement in a forward fold could be huge for your body, but if you never paid attention to where your body was initially in a forward fold, you will miss the fact that there has been an improvement, no matter how small. You will also start to notice if you are tighter at night or in the morning, or before or after working out, etc. Maybe the weather changes your body. Noticing, is truly doing yoga.
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