This week, my reflections are deeply anchored by my decade-long journey with a dedicated student, Ron. As our sessions evolved from power-packed vinyasa to the disciplined practice of Mysore, an intriguing question bubbled up: Why do older adults, like Ron, gravitate towards yoga? While the physical transformations are palpable, it’s the cognitive rejuvenation that’s turning heads. Delving into the tales of Alma Thomas, a late-blooming artist, and recent research from the University of Illinois, we uncover yoga’s holistic gift — a dance of physical mastery and cognitive bloom. For every Ron seeking a deeper ‘why’ in their practice, this exploration promises insights into the boundless potential of age and the brain’s synergy with yoga.
Wondering why you just can’t seem to get longer and stronger? Understanding spinal reflexes related to stretching can be a game-changer in your Ashtanga yoga practice. Slow and steady wins the stretching race, stimulating your Golgi tendon organs can prevent injury, and utilizing Reciprocal Inhibition can deepen your stretches. And remember, your spinal reflexes are always looking out for you, even if your brain is the last to know. Happy stretching, yogis
In times of crisis, the practice of Pratyahara can help us navigate the overwhelming influx of information and emotions. It’s not about tuning out the world, but rather pausing and gathering ourselves to respond with clarity and compassion. Discover how this ancient yogic practice promotes self-awareness and supports those who are suffering.
In the world of Ashtanga, the road to Led Intermediate is a unique and transformative journey. It’s a path that offers profound lessons—lessons that reflect our mindset, challenge our limitations, and encourage us to embrace the long view.
Learn about the importance of Pratyahara in Ashtanga yoga. Discover techniques to develop concentration and focus, including breath control and visualization.
Discover the parallels between a novice photographer’s journey and an Ashtanga Yoga beginner. Learn the lessons of overconfidence, adaptation, and continuous learning. 📸🧘♂️
When faced with challenges in Ashtanga Yoga, the immediate solution may not yield instant results. Understanding the concept of time delays is crucial for a patient and persistent practice. Learn more about the gradual progress and challenges in the practitioner’s journey.
Looking to practice Ashtanga in the Washington, DC area? You’re in luck, as DC and Northern Virginia has a bounty of powerful, talented teachers… no wonder we have such an inspired (and inspiring!) community of practitioners. The following is a list of places that you can find mysore-style ashtanga vinyasa yoga: DC Ashtanga @ The Yoga Club3423…
Discover the power of Sankalpa in your yoga practice. Move beyond rigid goals and embrace a more mindful, compassionate way of practicing. Let’s explore together!
Discover the power of mirrors in our self-image and how they can reflect our beliefs. Learn how yoga can help peel back these layers of perception.