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Peace, Love, Yoga
by Kate Lindberg, Vinyasa Yoga Instructor

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Happy Thanksgiving yogis and yoginis! I thought Id share with you a little piece of yoga wisdom I picked up quite by accident this week. Enjoy your holidays!

I have always been partial to active, physically demanding yoga classes. As a self-described overachiever, I have had to teach myself how to tailor my yoga practice. Recognizing when to back off, and, even more challenging, allowing myself a break are qualities that I find difficult, even after years of practice. As the hours of daylight shorten and we find ourselves in the midst of the holiday season lately, no doubt we could all stand to slow it down a bit.

I've been enjoying a particularly vigorous pattern of home practices lately, complete with my favorite shoulder opener, dolphin, and lots of inversions. The other night I attended the class of one of my favorite local teachers. A few minutes into her challenging flow I found myself in a simple standing forward fold with rag doll arms, and I was surprised to find the most delicious sense of release in the pose. The gentle weight of my folded arms allowed for a wonderful opening of my shoulders and back, and I could feel the warm flood of blood and energy to my inverted head. Despite my push to lose myself in challenging asana lately, it was here in rag doll that I became aware of a complete mental release.

But enough about me. I bring this up to illustrate that sometimes the greatest benefits of yoga come about in the gentlest of asana, and even the most driven practitioners need to slow it down sometimes to achieve them. After all, a quiet mind is one of the primary goals of our practice, and deserves to be honored as much as looking great in inversions. My revelation in class the other night served to remind me that a very gentle, basic pose and not, in fact, a lengthy pincha mayurasana was exactly what I needed to achieve that clear head. As the holiday season rolls on and we find ourselves stretched thin both physically and mentally, it's important to remind ourselves that we do deserve a break. Treat yourself to a yin or restorative class and see how your quieted mind spreads from the mat to your everyday life!


@ 7:51pm ET on November 22, 2011 I like your post....

For the last several nights, the weather has been "too cold" for outdoor / under street lights roller blading. Thin ice under wheels is too slippery for my comfort. LOL!!! Thus, I've been doing non-impact stretches and yoga type exercises before bed instead. For example, many non-impact (non-bounce) movements shown within:

http://www.diet.com/videos/category/fitness-workouts

These movements definitely make the body (and mind) feel better. Thanks for reminding others that non-impact exercises (floor or yoga) can be done in one's own living room floor. Simply download some you-tube video or the many videos within http://www.diet.com/videos/category/fitness-workouts

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