News from Namaste Yoga

Don’t Try so Hard

October 1, 2014

Don't Try so Hard - Namaste Yoga - IrmoI have been practicing yoga for almost twenty years. For the first ten years of my practice, I tried too hard. (Yes. I used to be one of those people.) If my teacher told me to practice a pose that wasn’t feeling good, I tried it anyway. Most of the time, I was too proud to tell her that I needed a modification! My pride got the best of me more than I care to admit, but my hips were feeling better in spite of it, and so was my back, and so was my shoulder (and especially my knee!!!!)

Until, one day, my hip wasn’t. I had, only the year before, learned a pose that asks you to put your foot behind your head. I did it! I did it again! And again. After all, “repetition is the mother of mastery”.  (I’m quoting someone here.)

I came from a background of running and weight lifting. So many of the yoga poses had been very hard for me because I was so hard, so bound, and so out of touch, mentally and spiritually. Of course, at the time, I did not know it. I was that Bible verse personified, you know, the one about not seeing the plank in your own eye.

Of course, every lesson I had to learn in yoga class was also a life lesson I needed to learn. Just as I wanted that perfect backbend, I used to want the most expensive clothes, the nicest car, the…well, you get the picture. I didn’t know that buying those things would not give me what my soul craved. I wanted what everyone else had. Why didn’t I have it? Why didn’t my father listen? I was constantly questioning and seeking. Until I began to listen. My practice prepared me for something I didn’t even know it was preparing me to do. I became a really good listener. I listened to my body after my hip began popping. I really tuned in, and I realized that putting my foot behind my head was not good for my body. This doesn’t mean that it isn’t good for your body. We are all different.

I began to listen to my soul then too. It wanted connection with other people and nature, and I became so happy. This happiness is what I want most. So, I don’t put my foot behind my head anymore, and my hip doesn’t pop. I’m not trying so hard anymore. I haven’t been trying hard for about twelve years now. I am becoming more in harmony with myself and everyone around me. I am trying just enough. I am trying only what I can try with breath and softness.

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Every Body is Unique

September 23, 2014

Every Body is UniqueWhen practicing yoga, we are not trying to fit ourselves into the shapes of the poses. We are letting the shapes of the poses work within our unique bodies. Every one of us comes from a different background. Not every pose is for every body. As we learn more about ourselves, physically, mentally, and emotionally, we realize what each pose is teaching us. We learn how we will feel in each pose. All of the teachers at Namaste’ Yoga honor you and want to help you feel better every day in every way. Always ask us for help!

Keep practicing.

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Ebb & Flow

February 15, 2014

See the ebb & flow

Breathe in and out

wax and wane

effort and ease

yin and yang…

this is the natural rhythm of life

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Perceptiveness

February 15, 2014

Perceptiveness is clarity of insight. It is being observant of what is beneath the surface and looking for the deeper meaning. When we are perceptive, our understanding is intuitive and discerning. We slow down into awareness. We perceive the nuances of meaning in an idea or a situation We strive to see what is truly going on. We are thoughtful and considerate. Above all, we offer others the gift of feeling heard and understood. We are mirrors to their souls.

Only in quiet waters do things mirror themselves undistorted. Only in a quiet mind is adequate perception of the world.  – Hans Margolius

The Practice of Perceptiveness

I strive to have accurate insights
I observe carefully
I cultivate awareness.
I nurture my intuition.
I am thoughtful of the needs of others.
I seek to see others fully and fairly.

I am thankful for the gift of Perceptiveness.
It helps me to see what is real.

©Virtues Project International

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Viniyoga

January 23, 2014

Viniyoga is a therapeutically oriented yoga style which has been noted as a very effective exercise for improving function and managing pain.

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Ashtanga

January 23, 2014

Ashtanga is an athletic vinyasa class. Ashtanga incorporates movement, breath, and inner awareness.

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Vinyasa

January 23, 2014

The word vinyasa means flowing from pose to pose. Vinyasa literally means breathing and movement system.

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Namasté

January 23, 2014

The word Namasté is about honoring each other and working well together. The literal meaning is “I honor the place in you of love, of light, of peace. For when you are in that place in you, and I am in that place in me, we are but one.” When naming Namasté Yoga studio, I wanted to honor where you are, and make a place for you to join us.

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