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, Tara Judelle reminds us that the space around us (which seems intangible), is actually “something.” Space is the same composition of water, it’s just slightly less dense. So what you can use as a concept, is the idea that space itself is a support. The idea that which is all around you has a tactile support energy. So when we play with gravity and space, it’s really a mind space that lets you be lighter and lets you be held by atmospheric layer.
In this week’s Overheard in Yoga Class, Darren Rhodes reminds us that in order to have a successful yoga practice, we must stay true to our aim and always keep practicing. Things in our lives (on the mat and off) are going to come up that could give us reasons to abandon our practice. But if we’ve had a consistent practice and we’ve built the foundation, we’ll start to look at our practice as a relationship that we can turn to when things get tough, not turn our backs on.
In this week’s Overheard in Yoga Class, Marc Holzman reminds us that whatever happens in the body will reflect in the mind and whatever happens in the mind will reflect in the body. So when we meditate or when we begin the practice of Hatha yoga, moving the body, it brings you in sync.
In this week’s Overheard in Yoga Class, Tiffany Cruikshank explains that most of us don’t realize how much of an impact that fear has on our daily lives, the power it has to limit us and our capacity for greatness. Once we pinpoint exactly what our fears are and are aware and work on them, eventually our body starts to release some of that fear and starts to move forward in a new pattern.
In this week’s Overheard in Yoga class, Marc Holzman explains the meaning of Mudita: A sympathetic joy. To relish other people’s achievements and to find joy in other people’s prosperity. Sometimes it’s not so easy to do. Especially if we, ourselves dont feel like we have enough and that we’re lacking.
In this Pose of the Week, Stephanie Snyder walks us through Scale Pose or Tolasana. The best way to start is to press your hands into the floor, draw the belly back and lift your crossed legs. Over time when Lotus Pose becomes accessible, come into Full Lotus, press the hands down, draw the belly back and lift as high as you can.
In this week’s Overheard in Yoga Class, Sally Kempton reminds us that the heart is a cave within which we can take rest. When you enter the cave of the heart, you may discover not only the deepest form of love, but a new awareness of your relationship to yourself and the world.
In this week’s Overheard in Yoga class, Jason Crandell reminds us to always pay attention to where our mind goes during our yoga practice. Even though our minds get seduced and intrigued by the movement and sensation, it is important that we focus some of our attention home, on being rooted.