I started practicing yoga about ten years ago and it’s now a permanent part of my life. No matter how tired, cranky, or stressed I am, if I go to my yoga mat, I feel better, 100% of the time. And you don’t have to contort yourself into a pretzel or fall into a deep transcendental meditation that only the Dalai Lama could match…all you have to do is breath.
And if you want to, you can stretch. And if that feels good, breath and stretch at the same time, easy or more rigorous. If you listen to your body, it will tell you exactly what it needs in any given moment.
This is the story of yoga and how it can help us be kinder to ourselves and add more peace to our lives.
To help tell this story, I spoke to Pauline Kaplan, who is a gifted Ashtanga yoga instructor in Minneapolis, MN. Beyond yoga, Pauline is a wealth of talents to include everything from transformational psychotherapy to a master Reiki practice. Click on the video below to watch part one of our two-part interview.
In part two, I continue my discussion with Pauline regarding how we can take our yoga practice to the next level – using the yoga definition and some go-to yoga poses for quieting thoughts and relaxation. Click on the video below to watch:
To learn more about Pauline and her practice, yoga classes, workshops, and retreats, visit her website at paulinekaplan.com.
Post a thought: Do you practice yoga and if so how have you benefited from it? Are there any go-to poses that you rely on to relieve stress and restore inner peace? Would you like to try yoga, but feel held back?
Your challenge: Your challenge is, first, to monitor your thoughts! Is your inner dialogue ever unkind to you? Can you try to catch that inner dialogue and instead focus on your breath or a kind thought? And second, if you’ve never tried yoga, would you consider giving it a shot? I’m a huge fan of www.yogaglo.com. It’s only $18/month and they have classes for all levels, all durations (from 5 to 90 minutes), and styles. Plus, they offer a two-week free trial period.
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Remember, it’s the little changes we make in our daily life that brings greater peace to the whole.