Beginning A Yoga Practice: The Challenges & How to Overcome Them

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Many people who are looking to start yoga normally have two main concerns: where to start and the thought of not being flexible enough. Both of which can make yoga seem daunting. As a yogini, and particularly a yoga teacher hearing someone say “I can’t do yoga, I am not flexible enough” is one of the most bothersome things to hear. Only because the asana practice (postures) is not at all about being flexible! The practice of the postures is to help gain flexibility and strength within the body.
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The Real Magic of Yoga: Embodiment

Mova_PhotoShooting_26The physical practice of yoga with it’s different bodily postures, meditation, and breathing exercises has so many amazing and powerful benefits. The benefits, which are mentioned a lot, are a strong and flexible body and a calm mind. Many of us have heard of these benefits and they all sound great and feel good to the ones who practice. For me though there is something much deeper and stronger than just strengthening and lengthening the body and feeling calmer: embodiment.
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A Balanced Life is a Healthy Life. What Balance Means to me + Some Tips for Finding Your Personal Balance

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In yoga we find stability and balance through opposing forces. In the one-legged standing posture I attached to this post I am pushing the standing leg into the ground, and am at the same time lifting up towards the sky through the crown of my head. I am pushing my extended foot into my hand, and pulling back my hand. These opposing forces give stability, just like in life. We need light and darkness, happiness and sadness, determination and laziness…. The tricky part is that stability and balance aren’t necessarily achieved by including equal parts of each side.
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