It’s not easy to step into a class for the first time. In fact, I don’t actually remember how I got into my very first yoga class! What I DO remember was at the end of class, I felt peaceful. And THAT inner connection to something quiet and calm within me has kept me coming back ever since.
Now, 25 years later, I teach yoga to all levels of students. Many show up for that very same reason, that connection to something peaceful inside. It is a joy to encourage each new student to take that first step. Let’s get started!
What’s in a pose?
You don’t have to be an Olympic gymnast, in fact its better if you aren’t! Coming with an open mind to experience a new practice is the absolute best. The experienced yogis in class are actually trying to get back to the “beginners mind” ...
Master these 5 basic yoga poses and you’ll be off to a great start in your practice. Your body and mind will thank you!
At Yoga Mountain Studio we use alignment-based principles in these top 5 poses to help you connect to your body and breath. There is nothing fancy about it, you get on the mat, take a shape and breathe. Ahhh… the magic just starts to happen! The Sanskrit names have been added behind the English translation so you can begin to recognize their association to one other. It’s not necessary to be a Sanskrit scholar to enjoy yoga, but eventually you may be interested in knowing more.
To start, sit in a comfortable position elevating the hips above the knees using folded blanket. Listen to your breath. Direct your attention to the inhale and exhale for several rounds. Now, let’s add some postures:
Is your mat sitting in the corner looking a little lonely?
It’s wondering why you haven’t taken it for a yoga spin! Maintaining a regular yoga practice is challenging yet rewarding. If you are like most people, obstacles such as illness, stress, injury, or competing priorities eventually rear their not so pretty head while you are diligently tying to make time to practice. Here are some ways to work with a few common obstacles and get back on your mat in light speed.
Resist the beat-your-self-up path. It NEVER works! It is a recipe for a deflated sense of self, and painful self-inflicted bruises on your heart. If you berate yourself for missing class undoubtably you will feel worse, and like salt in the wound, you are less likely to get on your mat because you ...
While holding cobra pose sweat drips from their brow as they patiently wait for me to call out the next pose. Instead, I ask them a question. “Why are we doing this pose anyway?” With a mix of laughter and grunts they look at me as if to say, “WHAT! You don’t know!”
The question “why” is powerful because it requires that we have a relationship with ourselves, that we get to know what motivates and drives us to do things. That wisdom takes practice, presence and patience– All of which yoga can teach us.
You can sleep walk through your job or even a downward dog, taking commands blindly from your boss or teacher, but that creates robots instead of lively and awake human beings. Wisdom comes from your direct engagement with life and in ...
My first yoga class was in 1994 at the neighborhood YMCA, and the Iyengar teacher was calling out poses in Sanskrit. I had no idea what he was talking about, so I looked over at the girl next to me and followed her. While holding poses he chanted phrases from Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, in Sanskrit and then in English. At least I understood some of what he was saying. When we rested in child’s pose he would tell crazy stories of being in India with Mr. Iyengar. Speaking Sanskrit, Yoga Sutras, and living in India– It was all greek to me! Honestly, I thought this guy was a bit coo-coo. Still, I found myself returning to his class again and again. The yoga hook was sinking in, and I was beginning to understand ...