Earlier this year I took a training workshop on the anatomy of the spine and the anatomy of the core covering the functional movement and injury management.
As I listened to the instructor I felt my passion for learning about this subject and I felt like a sponge absorbing the concepts that the instructor shared with us. It was great to be reminded about the knowledge that yoga is not a prescribed set of movements, that is, different approaches serve us at different times of our lives because as we learn new things, our practice and the approaches we use in teaching yoga should change over time. There is a potential for revisiting and revising our approach to this wonderful practice.
The asanas and techniques done in a modern flow yoga class are not that old compared to what has been traditionally taught about yoga. The mechanical, technical and sequential aspects of the practice are a work in progress. – Lifestyles, unique bodies, etc., make this ancient practice a dynamic tradition – one in which we can adapt the ancient teachings to the modern realities.
What I find most fascinating about anatomy and human movement system is how complex it all is. In spite of all the variables and limitations, the body is very smart and it always has a reason for creating boundaries – they should be respected and not be messed with. Those boundaries are there to protect the body!
I am looking forward to the next one coming up in next week where we will learn about the anatomy of the hips. If you are curious, the instructor has a really inspiring page about her that you might be interesting in reading.
After a year and a half later, I still look forward to my next Aerial yoga class. Since I learned it back in 2017 in Medellin, Colombia I have really felt in love with it. It uplifts my spirit, helps me to relax and also challenges me to trust the silk hammock.
Lately, I have been working on my core and so I started taken Core Aerial yoga classes which are fantastic. The hammock really supports all the work I do and I leave the class feeling strong from an amazing workout.
One method of Aerial yoga I discovered lately is called Unnata Aerial Yoga. What caught my eye about it was the fact that it can guide you deeply into yoga practice – beyond just poses, flips and tricks. While these are thrilling and fun, they can often get in the way of real practice, being able to stay centered and get the real benefits of the practice.
Until I can attend an Unnata Aerial yoga class, I will continue to deepen my practice in the silk being mindful of staying centered and not searching for the neat tricks I can do, etc., but to really use the gravity, the apparatus and my passion while practicing in the air.
Last year to start the new year I went on a weekend yoga retreat at a cacao farm in Antioquia, Colombia. When it comes to passions, yoga and chocolate are at the top of the list, so it was easy for me to get excited by the idea of spending a weekend around nature, cacao, good people and two fun and great yoga teachers.
The retreat at Origen Cacao, the cacao farm where the retreat was held, consisted of 2 2hr yoga classes, vegetarian lunches, Ayurvedic Indian dinner, a cacao tour and times for walking around the farm to get to know the property, the farm animals, and the yoga space. It also included silent occasions where we focused on writing intentions for the new year. One of the intentions was to write about the obstacles that we felt were keeping us from grace and liberation and then we wrote about the things we needed to do in order to accomplish our dreams or goals for that year. At the end of the retreat, we had a simple fire ceremony where we threw the piece of paper with the obstacles into the fire letting them go completely.
The yoga space was nice. It was big enough for all of us to practice and feel the air and nature around us as we did our morning and evening practices. Breathing in the cool air was such a refreshing feeling and looking ahead at the trees was really wonderful.
The chocolate making process was extremely interesting. The owner of the farm took us through the whole process from the moment the cacao tree is planted all the way through when the chocolate is placed in molds and into the cooling and setting stage. We even had the opportunity to make our own chocolate and chose the different ingredients to add to the base. It was a lot of fun and very inspiring.
It’s interesting to feel how the practice of yoga can be done in so many different environments. You can lay your mat anywhere from a yoga studio to a chocolate farm or a beautiful beach in the Caribbean or the Coast in South America. Each one gives you a different experience and place to do your practice.
If you have a story to share about your yoga practice outside of your home or yoga studio, please feel free to share with me below. Or if you have any comments or question, please send those over using the space below.
Recently during one of my Hatha Yoga classes, one of my yoga instructors talked about the asana and the importance of doing yoga on your own or self-practice. I found it extremely useful to have that discussion on that topic because, by tendency, I rely too much on assisting to the classes instead of practicing on my own.
Interestingly enough, I was away for a month at the Hermitage Island of Naitauba in Fiji where I went for a service retreat. As part of the morning routine, while you are on the retreat, there is time for yoga. However, it’s not guided by anyone, so I had the opportunity of doing the yoga practice on my own. It was ecstatic because I really wanted to challenge myself to do a yoga routine every day. I took one day off though as I felt that was necessary.
It was truly about discipline and listening to my body for what it needed each day as I began each yoga session, and after each one, I felt very energized and strong which was extremely helpful in meditation and in performing my service there.
Since I have been back, I have tried to practice whenever I don’t go to class. I find that doing yoga on my own has also helped me to feel more confident about teaching yoga classes soon. It’s my next challenge and with the self-practice, I can get creative trying different routines. It’s fun!
This year I decided to invest in taking the 200-hour yoga teacher training program. I wanted to take it to deepen my practice and to learn how to teach. I feel I have come to a point in my practice where the passion I have for yoga needs to grow — there is so much about it that I am just beginning to learn and grasp. I also feel an impulse to share my passion with others via teaching yoga, because I have felt how inspiring it is to see others grow in their own practice and to see new people get excited and committed to practicing it.
Most people think yoga has to do with the amazing and strange looking body poses yoga practitioners are doing online or at a yoga studio. However, the true nature of yoga is not the physical aspect of it, but the freedom and transcendence of the mind and body achieved through true discipline and becoming absorbed in the True Reality itself.
For the majority of us who have a busy life, adding a yoga class to an already busy schedule can become a challenge – some people find it impossible. However, there are people who can fit it during lunch and have a studio that is walking distance from work, those who work from home can easily do a class either during lunch or after work and there are those who have to make time at night to attend a yoga studio like myself and also practice at home.