Written November 22, 2016 by Yoga Mountain
Published: Harvard Medical School
Yoga, an ancient practice and meditation, has become increasingly popular in today’s busy society. For many people, yoga provides a retreat from their chaotic and busy lives. This is true whether you’re practicing downward facing dog posture on a mat in your bedroom, in an ashram in India or even in New York City’s Times Square. Yoga provides many other mental and physical benefits. Some of these extend to the kitchen table.
Types of Yoga
There are many types of yoga. Hatha (a combination of many styles) is one of the most popular styles. It is a more physical type of yoga rather than a still, meditative form. Hatha ... Read More
Written November 01, 2016 by Yoga Mountain
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 ... Read More
Written February 01, 2016 by Sienna Smith
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 ... Read More
Written October 16, 2013 by Sienna Smith
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 ... Read More