I’ve quit my day job and started this yoga log. I’ve been practicing yoga about 7 years now, and it’s still hard to keep up a regular practice sometimes. Mine has evolved considerably according to my lifestyle, job, diet, and location.
When I first moved to New York it was strongly athletic, very fast paced (Bikram, Ashtanga, and Atmananda) — those were the only classes that really seemed to clear my stress. Kundalini also provided a fun alternative. Later, I wanted to slow down and study the poses in a bit more detail, so I tried Iyengar, Sivananda and more traditional Hatha. Now I’m back to Vinyasa and Kundalini. The current goal is to alternate Vinyasa days (sweat, stretch, strengthen, shine) with Kundalini or Pilates days (core and gland balance) or restorative sessions as desired. There’s a lot to say on each of these styles but I will address each one later.
There are a few somewhat unrelated blogs that have inspired this effort. Half of Me, Dress a Day, Jane in Progress… It’s amazing how a simple story from someone’s daily life can inspire your own. Monkey see, monkey do. So I thought a blog might help me practice more, help me notice more about my own practice, and provide ideas for anyone else out there trying to live a healthier life, or to use yoga for transformation.
Yogi Bhajan (the man who brought Kundalini yoga to the West, and who can be seen on the Yogi Tea boxes) said that women should break a sweat every day. I think it’s true, and for everyone.
This is kind of a cheesy entry but it’s a start.