Listening to your body. It's one of the cues or suggestions I often include in my yoga classes. It's important to understand your limits to prevent injury and to challenge yourself when you've got a little more to give, not mention rest when you're tired, eat when you're hungry, and so much more. It's also one of those things it's really easy to say, but not always easy to do.
Power. Vinyasa. Acro. Kundalini. Ashtanga. Hatha. Hot. Jivamukti. Anusara. Bikram. Iyengar. Yoga Sculpt. You can find yoga classes that combine yoga with weights, yoga + cycling, and yoga + pilates. Heck, you can even find classes that combine yoga and a pint of beer!
There are a LOT of kinds of yoga, people!
I have a love/hate relationship with the phrase "Just relax". Arguably, it should be that easy. But if it were that easy we'd never be stressed right? The thing is, even if our heart is in on the whole relaxation thing, our brain often doesn't know how to come along for the ride.
Do you like writing lists?
I'm list kind of gal. If I don't write it down it's like it doesn't exist. It goes into the same abyss that single socks falls into, or the black hole is that is the "lost and found" at my girls' school. Gone forever, never to be seen again. My girls are list writers too. They write ghost finding lists, friend lists, and Christmas lists each year.
I'm not really a pie person. I'll skip the meringues, the fruit pies, the cream pies. Just not my thing...unless it's Key Lime pie. Then I'm all in.
But, pie is great visual for how many of us view and approach life.
We've looked at a few common myths about yoga in this series. You can find out why you don't need to be super flexible to get started (Part 1), learn from Susan Hartley why yoga is not just for the young (Part 2), and explore why your size and shape don't determine whether you can, or should, do yoga (Part 3).
One of the other common misconceptions about yoga is that it is "for women". Now, to be fair, back in 2012 Yoga Journal released a study that showed about an 80 / 20 split, meaning of the over 20 million people practicing yoga in the US at that time, about 80% of them were women.
That was seven years ago. Times are a'changing.
In our last post we examined the myth that yoga is only for the young and blew it out of the water with Susan Hartely. You can find that post here to learn more about how Susan's yoga has changed over the years and what inspired her to comlete a yoga teacher training at 68!
Today I want to dive deep into the myth that young is only for the thin. Welcome to Part 3 of What a Yoga Body Looks Like.
Last week I shared the most common myth about what a yoga body looks like. You can find that post here to catch up on why we don't all have to be super flexible, as well as how our assumptions and comparisons prevent too many of us from trying yoga at all.
Today I want to share my chat with Susan Hartley, a newly trained yoga teacher at the wonderful age of 68. She has a lot of insight to share about how yoga has changed for her over the past 40 years, and definitely takes aim at the myth that yoga is only for the young. Welcome to Part 2 of What a Yoga Body Looks Like.
There are some pretty strong beliefs (maybe myths is a better term) about who can or should do yoga, and what kind of body is a yoga body. All too often we assume a yoga body looks young, super bendy, super fit, female and all too often white. Those are the images we see most often on the covers of magazines or social media. Thankfully that's starting to change because really, every body is a yoga body. Let's start with debunking most common myth.
You don't have a monkey, do you?
Actually we all do. Right up there, in our head.
I'm Tonia, a Midwesterner transplanted to Colorado. I'm a mom of two lovely littles, a yoga instructor, DIY-er, teacher, stay at home mom, and a doTERRA Wellness Advocate. I blog about a little bit of all of these and everything in between!
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