yoga philosophy

When Does Movement Become Yoga?

When Does Movement Become Yoga?

One of the (many) things I love about leading yoga teacher trainings is the interesting conversations that come up.

 

For example, this weekend gone, we talked about the difference between movement and yoga, and at what point can you call yourself a yoga teacher.

 

Is it when you teach a certain set of positions or movements? Is it when you can perform a certain set of poses? Maybe when you’ve mastered the ancient philosophy?

Everything after ‘should’ is just violence

Everything after ‘should’ is just violence

I have just read this book. I’m not even going to mention the title because I’m fairly convinced it’s the most awful yoga book I’ve ever read.

Why you ask? The shoulds.

In therapy, there is this term: ‘negging’. It refers to making someone feel bad about themselves so they will do what you want.

I counted the word shouldTWO HUNDREDtimes in a book that barely made 300 pages, including the foreword, introduction, and title spacer pages. This was a huge red flag that negging was going on - as yoga teacher Cora Wen says,

‘Everything after ‘should’ is just violence.’

We Benefit the Most From The Simplest Things

We Benefit the Most From The Simplest Things

Last week's blog post about headstand seems to have ruffled a few feathers. That wasn't my intention, but if we all start thinking a bit more about why we do what we do, that can only be a good thing.

Because, you see, we get the most benefit from the simplest things in yoga.

What if I'm not into the spiritual side of Yoga?

What if I'm not into the spiritual side of Yoga?

When I was young - and I say that from my current 'advanced' age of 40 - I LOVED going to yoga classes where the instructor told us stories from the Bhagavad Gita or other bits of Hindu Mythlology. 

I loved the gods and goddesses and their exploits and the morals to the tales.

But as I grew older and did more yoga, I found I didn't want to hear stories in yoga class anymore. 

You could say I wasn't so into the spiritual side. Problem? Not really. Here's why.