Vinyasa is a Sanskrit word that essentially means “ to place in a special way”, and Krama means “sequence” or “stage”, and so Vinyasa Krama refers to a mindful sequence of actions. As a yoga teacher when I sit down to plan my classes it means I am taking the time to create a thoughtful sequence of actions that will ideally take my students on a journey that allows them to receive the yoga in a way that is accessible, fun, and ultimately empowering…..
Creative sequencing has always been one of my favorite aspects of teaching yoga and I believe it is one of the most valuable tools we have to help our students learn asana (and so much more) in a fun, safe, and empowering way….
I love autumn as it is a season of great clarity for me and is typically the time of year that I re- assess what I have been putting my energy into and how I want to create positive changes going forward. It is a time of cleansing and releasing as well as a time of vision and intention. All the best decisions I have made regarding my life path were made in the fall and so I have learned to trust the guidance I receive from within at this time….
After five days of moving and unpacking we are finally settled in to our new mountain home here in Whistler. The boxes are all emptied, everything has found its place and we are getting more and more familiar with our new surroundings each day. It seems as if we were transitioning for a long time…
I bought my first book on the topic of Ayurveda years before I went to my first yoga class. I loved how Ayurveda spoke about constitutional types as well as seasonal considerations, rather than simply a one approach fits all philosophy. It made sense to me. Though not much else that I read in the book did, as I had no context for it at the time….
Lately my yoga practice has included standing in front of a mirror, staring into my own eyes, and sweating from every pore of my body in a heated room. Though I have always enjoyed all styles and approaches to yoga I have had very little experience with Hot Yoga until my recent eight-day immersion in Hot Yoga Teacher Training and now I’m in love with this simple, strong, and potent approach to Hatha Yoga practice…..
Today I jumped on the phone with about fifty yoga teachers from all over North America and Europe for a tele-class workshop where I offered the three key tools that I have identified as the most helpful for yoga teachers who want to up their game and make a bigger impact in the classroom, and in their communities.
Like most people I know who have lived a few decades, or more, my life has always been marked by great change, tidal shifts and new beginnings, and as student of yoga, which is a path of constant refinement, I would be in trouble if I couldn’t swim in these waters with relative comfort. However that doesn’t mean that change is easy or that I don’t at times feel fear, discomfort, sadness, or confusion….
Most of us crave cycles of growth and renewal in our lives, as we all want to feel the newness of discovery and expansion in our relationships, in our careers, and in our spiritual practice. But we often forget that before growth there must be a period of birth, and before birthing there is a period of change, death or release. It is in these aspects of the pulsation that we often become stuck, because death or letting go is painful, and birth requires effort and a willingness to push into the unknown….