There may be something idyllic about a home practice that exists during dedicated time on the mat and follows the arc of a perfectly sequenced class. But why let conventional thinking cloud our understanding of what a home practice should look like. In the first post of this two-part series, I discussed five tips for building … Continue reading Home Practice 2: Move Your Practice
I recently listened to podcast where the host talked about developing a home practice. His advice, while admirable if it had worked for him, was ultimately filled with a long list of “shoulds” and “should nots”. One of my grandmother’s favourite adages is “don’t say ‘should’ — it comes between shit and syphilis in the … Continue reading Home Practice 1: Intrinsic Motivation
In my last post, I discussed interoception — the ability to perceive our internal bodily states1. I discussed how the age-old yogic practice of pratyahara, one of the eight limbs of Patanjali's Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga, is really a practice of interoception. Today, I will expand on this conversation by discussing why it would be a … Continue reading Mind-Body 2: Bottom-Up Processing
In B.K.S. Iyengar’s book, Yoga: The Path to Holistic Health1, he discusses the philosophy of yoga and its sacred eight limbs. We are all too familiar with the most esteemed limb in the Western hemisphere: asana, or physical postures. Of course, those of us dabbling in yoga have probably also come across pranayama or breath … Continue reading Mind-Body 1: Pratyahara & Interoception
If you know nothing about anatomy, chances are you have never heard of the psoas muscle and struggle with the pronunciation (hint: “so-azz”). If you associate with the new wave of so called movement enthusiasts or you are even remotely into fitness, the psoas is probably your favourite muscle. I am not kidding — when … Continue reading Do You Know Psoas?
A few months before plunging into my work for this blog, I developed a healthy obsession with yoga-related information...