In this week’s Overheard in Yoga Class, Claire Missingham explains that in Ayurveda, routine, ritual and process are important for creating health and balance. Similarly, sometimes we need to allow ourselves to undo habits as well, perhaps we may get stuck or not challenge ourselves enough. By acknowledging how we need to create change, the yoga practice can be the catalyst for renewal.
In this week’s Overheard in Yoga Class, Rod Stryker explains that the navel center is the center that’s key to perception, our ability to see clearly. It is the center for processing — it’s how we break down what we experience mentally and emotionally. It is directly related to confidence, vitality and our relationship with the world and life. So yoga has great potential to expand us, but if we cultivate the navel it allows us to really be a force for the good, a force for what we experience in that expanded state and to be able to effortlessly express it into the world.
In this week’s Overheard in Yoga Class, David Harshada Wagner explains that when we’re in the midst of a conflict, sometimes it’s very important for us to stop everything and take a break from the action. In order to move through opposition most effectively and healthily, we have to take time out from moment to moment.
In this week’s Overheard in Yoga Class, Jodi Blumstein reminds us that having an “advanced” yoga practice does not necessarily mean being able to do super advanced asanas, but it means being able to cultivate sharper focus to cut through the dissipation of our attention that can sometimes slow us down.
In this week’s Overheard in Yoga Class, Marc Holzman asks us to entertain the idea that each of our lives is an appointment with destiny and that us being put on this earth is not some random accident. Even through the hard times, we have to remember that our body is a gift, a vehicle to go deeper and a temple for consciousness. And that is why we practice. We practice the strength in the body so we can do our dharma in the world.
In this week’s Overheard in Yoga Class, Steven Espinosa reminds us just to honor. To honor our breath, to honor our body and to honor this time that we have created to be here on our mat. To honor this time that we have to do something that’s really good for ourselves. To take time to honor ourselves.
In this week’s Overheard in Yoga Class, Kia Miller explains the meaning of AUM. The A represents our awaking state with our senses out. The U represents the honing in of our senses and channeling our energy and the M represents deep sleep or when we drop into a space where our consciousness is not being pulled at anymore, but it’s starting to settle. The space after the AUM represents dropping into the place where we are no longer finite, but we’ve reached that infinite space.
In this week’s Overheard in Yoga Class, Amy Ippoliti explains that in order to have more ease, more joy and more laughter in our lives, we must be able to create the space to have that laughter and that enjoyment. The space cannot be created when we view everything as a struggle vs. easeful or we have a “burdensome” attitude.
“In meditation and in our daily lives there are three qualities that we can nurture, cultivate, and bring out. We already posses these, but they can be ripened: precision, gentleness, and the ability to let go.” -Pema Chodron
In this week’s Overheard in Yoga Class, Marc Holzman reminds us that there are three qualities that we already posses: precision, gentleness and the ability to let go. They are already latent inside of us, they just need to be cultivated. And these three qualities are really meant to be cultivated for our lives, and of course, our yoga practice. When we think of precision as doing our best, we feel like we can let go more easily.