If you are like many people, you likely have some questions about yoga that no one seems to be addressing.
I'll cover some of them here.
But if you have questions you'd like answered that you do not find here, please email me with them.
Yes! Many of us start yoga by attending classes at a yoga centre or at a gym. They can be really great classes - and teachers - but they often lack information about how to deepen your yoga journey.
I recommend that you start practicing a bit of yoga everyday on your own, ideally first thing in the morning.
When you begin daily practice you will quickly sense an evolution of your understand of it. You begin to own your practice.
Follow my content here and maybe even take some of the courses and I'm sure you'll be rewarded with the deepening of your knowledge and your capacity to grow your yoga.
You can always email me with questions at the contact tab on the bottom of this page.
This is a very tricky question. I will do my best to answer it for you, but know that it really depends on who is asking the question and what you are hoping to achieve.
If fitness is your goal, then most forms of more active yoga will likely resonate - vinyasa flow types will work.
If you're looking for something that involves using the body as a vehicle to still the mind, then find a class that allows more space for stillness.
You really need to give different styles and teachers a try to find one that fits.
For me, I think that "style" question can lead us to attachments - something the tradition of yoga teaches us to *ideally* not have. An integrated practice that uses the body, has a focused instruction on breath, includes breathing techniques and meditation is the ultimate.
This is one of my favourite questions. I believe there are a few benchmarks to answer this question.
It's really a question of how you are feeling. Are you feeling better? The physical side of yoga can leave us feeling better after a class, but how long does this last? Physical practice has a shelf-life of a day or two.
This is why I suggest regular daily practice - even a small amount - to extend the "feel good" experience on the physical level.
On a mental/emotional level, are you feeling greater peace and equanimity on a day-to-day basis?
If this seems too unclear, I recommend you schedule some reflection time on a regular (monthly?) basis to consider how you really are.
With respect to your yoga practice, I strongly recommend that yearly you spend time reflecting on how it is serving you.
If you want to make some changes you will find information in my videos and trainings that will help.
Yes. Meditation is very important.
Physical yoga practice has become very popular, but meditation is not taught very often.
This is a problem from the perspective of the yoga tradition. Why? Because the Yoga Sutras - the fundamental text of yoga - defines yoga as stilling the activity of the mind.
Doing physical practice can get the mind more focused, can build breath awareness, and create a mind body connection.
This is all good preparation for meditation. Systems of yoga use different approaches to meditation. The easiest and most accessible approach is to start with a few minutes focusing on the breath moving in and out of the nostrils.
Why is this so helpful, because it DOES get the mind quieter by giving it a focal point and reducing its roaming tendencies.
You begin to feel a lot better after each practice. You make better decisions, you have clarity of mind and you can live more intuitively.
I created this worksheet to help you assess if your yoga efforts are paying off. The answers to these questions can help you discern if you need to make a few changes in your practice to get the best results.