Supportive Yoga Blog
Hi everyone! Before we get down to business here I wanted express my profound respect for and gratitude to the late BKS Iyengar, who left his body a few days ago. Without his insight and wisdom, I literally could not be doing what I am doing. Among his many contributions to modern yoga, Mr. Iyengar pioneered the use of yoga props, making this practice accessible to so many. Though I wasn’t able to study with him directly, many of my teachers did and his teachings have strongly influenced my life and work.
I’m sitting here in a cafe in between my two public yoga classes today thinking about how my yoga practice is constantly shifting and changing. And why that’s a good thing. For the one thing, I suspect that’s at least partially why I’ve been able to stick with yoga for what seems to be forever (but really is about 12 years or so). Practicing yoga can really be a long term relationship – with ups and downs. The advantage, of course, is that no matter how much you neglect yoga, it’ll be there for you when you are ready to pick it up again.
The Supportive Yoga pose of the month is all about balance – it’s…tree pose (vrksasana)!! This is one of the most common standing balance poses (I considered including it in my e-book, “The Supportive Yoga Guide to Finding a Yoga Class that is Right for You and Feeling Confident and Comfortable in Any Yoga Class”, which you should totally grab by signing up for my mailing list by the way, if you haven’t already) and you see it in classes a lot – especially basics classes. This is also a pose that everyone tries to force – you should really see the looks I get from people trying to hold this balance. If humans could shoot lasers out of their eyes, I’d have been dead long ago!