Another $3 INTENSE YOGA CLASS FOR ALL LEVELS this evening at East Park Community Center in Nashville! 

Bring your mat! Bring a buddy! Bring water! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE BRING WATER! Bring your sense of humor, because we get a little silly! 

For a full schedule of all of the $3 Class that I offer at McCabe Park Community Fitness Center and East Park Community Center, visit THEYOGADOER.COM! 

You can also sign up for a mailing list there to learn about new classes, new ways to learn, cancellations, and such. 

Happy Yoga! See You In Class!!!

Another $3 INTENSE YOGA CLASS FOR ALL LEVELS this evening at East Park Community Center in Nashville!

Bring your mat! Bring a buddy! Bring water! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE BRING WATER! Bring your sense of humor, because we get a little silly!

For a full schedule of all of the $3 Class that I offer at McCabe Park Community Fitness Center and East Park Community Center, visit THEYOGADOER.COM!

You can also sign up for a mailing list there to learn about new classes, new ways to learn, cancellations, and such.

Happy Yoga! See You In Class!!!

Yoga Has Limbs…8 of ‘em (4 of 10)

Ever noticed that most of your yoga poses end with -asana? It’s true. Most poses end with the word asana which we loosely translate to mean “pose” or “posture”.

Mountain Pose = Tadasana

Splits (or Monkey Pose) = Hanumanasana

You may have even heard a yoga instructor or two say things like, “As you move through your asanas today,” or, “Your asana practice today will include…” It seems the simplest of the limbs of yoga to understand.

Asana is the physical practice of doing yoga. Period. Check and check. You’re done!

Or…is there more?

Asana

We tend to define asana as the physical practice of yoga, and this would be a correct tendency. It is the sweaty part of yoga without a doubt. But asana is more than Downward Dogs, Plank Poses, and Chaturangas. It is the physical representation of how you have trained your mind to believe about your body and the way you exist on this planet.

The physical practice not only decreases “bat wings” and firms your bum, but it also facilitates communication between your thoughts and your body.

Our work with yamas and niyamas clearly show on the mat.

Imagine you are moving from a Plank Pose into a Chaturanga (a Half Pushup). You have struggled with these Chaturangas for months. You find yourself hovering, and then without warning, boom! You belly flop on the floor.

Here are two things that might happen next:

  1. You get angry, shake your head unconsciously, and think, “why am I doing this?”

  2. You laugh it off, and move on to the next pose thinking, “that counts!”

Depending on which path you take with your thought, your asana practice will move forward and grow over time or it will get stuck allowing for little to no change in performance. I think you can figure out which is which.

Being with the Body

The asana limb asks that we marry the body and thought long enough to learn about our bodies. During the physical practice of yoga we learn what work we need to do with our social and personal disciplines, but it allows up the time to really sink into our bones, muscles, and skin and see what needs tending to.

We spend so much of our time looking out into the world. Yes, we need to so that we can be better neighbors in our global community, but we need to come inward and do personal upkeep in our bodies as well.

Oiling our organic machine no matter its state to keep it functioning at optimal levels is the only way we can get out into the world, give back, create, serve, and get things done.



The next time you are on your mat doing the impossible, turn into your body, witness your machine at work. BE THE MACHINE!


Did you miss the first three posts?
http://theyogadoer.tumblr.com/post/86360279671/yoga-has-limbs-8-of-em-1-of-10
http://theyogadoer.tumblr.com/post/88170383166/yoga-has-limbs-8-of-em-2-of-10
http://theyogadoer.tumblr.com/post/91700657221/yoga-has-limbs-8-of-em-3-of-10

Tomorrow is 2YogasSaturday!  If you are an early riser, then try out the 8 a.m. Morning flow yoga class at East Park community fitness center. For something a little more intense, try the 10 a.m. Vinyasa Flow Yoga class at McCabes Park community fitness center. If you’re feeling really sassy, then take both classes! I mean why not? 

Bring your yoga mat. Bring some water. Bring friend. &, most importantly, bring your sense of humor! See you there!

 #meditation #theyogadoer #nashville #patience #meditation #yoga

Tomorrow is 2YogasSaturday! If you are an early riser, then try out the 8 a.m. Morning flow yoga class at East Park community fitness center. For something a little more intense, try the 10 a.m. Vinyasa Flow Yoga class at McCabes Park community fitness center. If you’re feeling really sassy, then take both classes! I mean why not?

Bring your yoga mat. Bring some water. Bring friend. &, most importantly, bring your sense of humor! See you there!

#meditation #theyogadoer #nashville #patience #meditation #yoga