Yoga is … Different

Ah, the holiday season is upon us. Last year was a bit different for many of us … how are your holiday plans shifting? What are you reviving from years past? letting go? keeping from last year?

As you consider your daily routines … and I invite you to consider them especially as schedules change AGAIN and more often … Allow your yoga practice to complement your other movement practices, rather than replace them. Traditional fitness is fantastic for cardiovascular system and muscle-building. And yoga, as you have experienced, is different.


Your yoga practice can be a space apart, where you develop an ever-deepening awareness of how your body, breath and mind affect each other … where you practice regulating your nervous system, challenging your body in mindful movement, and giving space for your mind to rest.

Yoga can be a practice when you uncover, bit by bit, who you ARE — a Luminous Being meant to enjoy, love and serve in this life.

Two primary principles of Yoga are abhyasa and vairagya. Abhyasa is consistent, sustained practice, i.e. over a loooooonnnnggg period of time. Vairagya is non-attachment, meaning that we practice with intention … yet we let go of the results.

These principles kinda fly in the face of today’s modern results-driven (& give those results to me NOW) mentality. Viva la revolution! Toward a more joyful, peaceful, compassionate world of humans making a difference through Yoga!

Below: Wednesday Sunrise Yoga warm-ups … Join us 7:15am at Ombody, or for any of the many morning or evening classes offered by a fantastic team of teachers.

Music: Les Tres “The Ghost in Your Smile”

Published by ericaengel42

I practice & share Hatha Yoga for a simple reason -- it works. Hatha Yoga in the Himalayan Tradition is a holistic system of philosophy & practices passed down through an unbroken 5,000 year lineage of Himalayan sages. What Hatha Yoga is not: trendy, bendy or one-&-done. What Hatha Yoga is: a systematic approach to uncovering the real, authentic YOU in body, mind & spirit. Hatha Yoga cultivates well-being, stability, clarity & ease in modern life through traditional, time-tested practices. I also recognize both our shared humanity & our differing privileges & barriers -- I am a cis-gendered white female with a graduate degree, who has dealt with family trauma & an eating disorder. My goals in my own practice include to cultivate awareness of my own privileges & social conditioning, unlearn & re-learn in order to be mindful & take compassionate action toward a more beautiful, just & peaceful world for ALL humans, creatures & our Earth. I'm making mistakes daily, & hopeful that I'm falling forward toward these goals & vision. I hope we can walk our paths & support each other along the way.

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