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Is this class right for me?
To touch or not to touch...
Serve others
Take your Yoga with you
Props or no props, that is the question
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Is this class right for me?

So often I am told by a student that they have a friend that would like to take yoga but they aren't sure if the classes are right for them.
Having never taken a yoga class, the different styles and teaching techniques can be confusing. 
There are so many ways you can tackle this.
*If your friend is a good friend, you know if the classes you are taking are right for them.  Be honest. 
*Research  Look up the yoga styles and see if it is even something that you would feel comfortable with.

To touch or not to touch...

I have been in several yoga classes over the years and one thing that always seems to come up is whether or not an instructor should make physical adjustments during a class.
I know that there are as many opinions on the subject, as there are people, but it is certainly one thing that every student should understand.
I am a huge fan, first of all, of asking questions respectfully during a class.  If you are new, you need to understand what it expected of you and what YOU can expect in return. In that same respect, I believe that every instructor should be up front with how they teach, putting any new students in the room at ease.

Serve others

I have just personally put several months of my time and energy into a cause that has touched me and my family.  all I want is to be able to do something, anything to help.  American Cancer Society's Relay for Life of Monrovia was this past weekend 8/16-17, and the months, days, hours of planning before were just exhausting. Worth every moment, but exhausting.
There are so many causes that touch so many people and I thought choosing a cancer organization was the best idea.  With family and friends battling.

Take your Yoga with you

I admit it.  I am guilty of thinking that I need a yoga instructor in order to take my yoga with me on vacation.  But the fact of the matter is...and all good yogis need to know this...YOGA is more than the physical act of doing asanas (poses)

Yoga is a practice of mind, body and spirit.  Not just one aspect of life is yoga.  Sure, we all love to do our favorite pose because it makes us feel good but what about the bigger picture.

First thing to always remember is to take good care of yourself.

Props or no props, that is the question

I have recently read several blogs, facebook posts, and emails regarding props in a yoga class.  One that I found particularly interesting was written by a fairly new yoga teacher who was very much pro using props in her class.  In fact I would wager that she may have stock in a yoga block company with the determination she seemed to have in making sure all of her students had and used them.

I was taught by a lovely woman from Bangalore.  In traditional style, I sat at her feet (literally and figuratively) for two years.

Yoga Etiquette

Ever wonder how a yoga class can seem to be filled with people who know exactly what to do?  How do they know they should take off their shoes?  How do they know where to sit?  What do I do?  Well....it is all really very easy.  Yoga is usually a group of like minded people who are kind, open hearted and welcoming...until...they aren't.  Actually I kid, a little.  The thing about yoga is that yogis are really no different than anyone else. They appreciate and enjoy a little respect.

Feeling lost?

You ever wake up one morning and know that you have plenty to do and yet...you find yourself sitting at your computer playing Spider Solitaire at 5 am? OK, well maybe it's just me LOL

Today I am stuck, stuck in that spot where I know my life needs a push in the right direction, but all I can seem to do is stare at the screen in front of me.  It may seem like a waste of time to some but to me I am taking this mindless act, and using it to clear my head so that maybe I can get it together enough to take the first step.

What brought you to yoga?

So, what brought you to yoga?

Let me share a little of my story with you.  Several years ago, I was taking care of my aging Father in Law.  I was beginning to loose myself in his care.  Don't get me wrong, I loved taking care of him, getting to know him in his later years was truly a gift.  But I began to think I had no time to take care of me.

My body, my mind and my spirit were being tested every day.  Then one day I decided to actually go to the gym where my husband and I had had a membership for a couple of years.

Studio? Gym? Community Center?

How do you choose what yoga classes to take?

One thing to remember is that no matter where you go, as long as your yoga instructor is certified you know that they have gone through a great deal of training to get to where they are.  CYT = Certified Yoga Teacher

There is an organization that registers yoga instructors, Yoga Alliance.  They have certain standards you must meet, plus proof of education and continuing education to become and RYT=Registerd Yoga Teacher
So lets say for example your instructor's business card says RYT200.

Ahimsa

Ahimsa is the first yamas of Ashtanga Yoga.  OK so for some of you I just said 'Wha wha wha wha wha" just like the teacher in Peanuts cartoons.
Simply...Ahimsa means non-harming.  Doing no harm not just to others, and all of life's little creatures, but also self.
So for me there are two things to remember in everything in life.  'Satya' and 'Ahimsa'.  Truth and doing no harm.
In yoga these are especially important things to remember.  Be honest with yourself and your instructor.
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