We're not the only studio with a lighthearted approach (as evidenced by our disco ball): meet NYC's “Rebel Yogi” Tara Stiles.
Check out the article in the New York Times: http://goo.gl/7EV5i
And, her thoughts on why she practices yoga: "I do yoga so I can understand myself from the inside out, stay grounded and centered, and connect in a meaningful way in the world. Seeing colors, irredecent dots that connect all things, and other trippy, amazingly real effects of doing yoga are also incredibly enjoyable for me, although I refrain from making them a discussion leader for the most part, except for those days when the class pack has left and a few stragglers/good friends linger around the Strala couch, grandma's quilt, and E.T. pillow made from my brother remain... My schedule is banana pancakes and will only get more nuts. I figure I could freak out, complain that I never have time to myself, or more sensibly, be crazy grateful for all the opportunities that I am getting to live out because of the effort I have put in. I am ridiculously grateful to be living exactly the life that I would wish for myself. . and I'm happy to understand the effort and attention it takes to cultivate life."
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I don't know about you guys, but whenever we learn some crazy new inversion in class, I always have to come home and try it about 8,000 times in the privacy of my bedroom and the comfort of wall-to-wall carpet. My neighbors really appreciate all the kicking up against the wall, aka my "handstand practice."
Matt told me to practice inversions in the morning, when the body is rested (as opposed to the second I get home from class, and my arms are already so tired I can hardly brush my teeth without shaking), and the mind is clear. The only problem is, sometimes I don't know how to start.
Then I found this video that starts from the basics of neutral spine all the way up into handstand in just ten minutes. Hello, gorgeous!
Enjoy : )
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Those of us lucky enough to be in one of Will's classes last week have probably had this phrase knocking around our heads for a few days. The timing was uncanny for me, actually.
One of the reasons I love Yoga Belly is because it's heavy on the workout, light on the philosophy. But I do appreciate a thoughtful intention, a well-turned phrase, someone else's thoughts in my head to keep my own from chattering too loudly in my down dog. I like distinguishing between "accepting" the inevitable and "embracing" the inevitable too, even if it's so counterintuitive sometimes.
Will used the term in a professional sense, as though opening Yoga Belly and doing what he loves was inevitable. This probably applies to all of us, in all of our various stages of career paths or barely-blazed professional trails, but I find myself applying that term much more broadly: to the weather. My family. Health. To Tax Day right around the corner.
"Embracing" is such a more active verb than "accepting." I think that's what feels right to me.
How are you embracing the inevitable right now?
And, because yoga's all about balance... we'll balance those heavy thoughts with something light. Lady Gaga!
I'm sure a lot of you seasoned yogis already know about this, but I had never heard of it until last week. Apparently there is such a thing as the WANDERLUST FESTIVAL, which is an event that celebrates yoga, life, and good old fashioned rock.
Is anyone planning to go?
For more information, click here: http://fillmore.wanderlustfestival.com/experience/what-is-fillmore
Bonus points: The Fillmore event is on my birthday... I think it's a sign!
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...and who doesn't wanna see that. Hey-oh!
I confess: I love this song. I could totally do my sun salutations to this. What songs would you like instructors to bring to class?
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Yoga Journal has a hilarious blog post about the signs that you might be becoming a yoga snob! Luckily, here at Yoga Belly we laugh in the face of tipping-tree-poses.
So, I’m curious… what keeps you grounded? What keeps you from taking yourself too seriously? For me, it’s those blasted chaturangas… no matter how many I do (or don't do), they keep me shaking and giggling just inches from the floor. It’s hard to take yourself seriously in such a position.
For those of us who dance all night on Saturday and “pay the fiddler” on Sunday, the New York Times has an interesting cure: Yoga for Hangovers. http://goo.gl/1Je4v
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We’ll be using this blog to further the discussions that start in class: about our practice, events at the studio, philosophy, and lifestyle. Here at Yoga Belly, we embrace a more inclusive and lighthearted approach to yoga: as William and Aaron like to say, we offer “yoga for meat-eaters.”
So, welcome to the Yoga Belly family. We’re glad you’re here!