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Posts Tagged ‘Hatha yoga’

From Secret To Goats

Posted by terrepruitt on May 22, 2017

This is a snapshot of chapter one verse eleven in “An Explanation of Hatha Yoga” or The Hatha Yoga Pradipika.  I believe that this is true.  I believe that it was originally meant for men that wanted to give up everything and JUST practice yoga.  That would be – to me – the only explanation as to how some of the poses described and some of the “states of being” described could be achieved.  That is why yoga used to – and actually still does (some poses or things) – seem so impossible to do.  A lot of the asana are not just things you can pop into when you practice once a week.  Hatha Yoga was also shared with royalty . . . again, what did they have to do, but sit around and work their bodies into these poses that promised longevity and enlightenment?

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Like many things, in order to make it somewhat possible for the average person, it has morphed over the centuries.  It has become – for many, not all – a form of exercise.  Still with many poses that cannot be achieved with a once-a-week practice.  So I always ask my students to practice ahimsa, where they are gentle with themselves and remember that they might not be able to get into the pose and look like the picture in Yoga Journal because they are just practicing once, twice, or even three times a week (or whatever).  They are not devoting their life to it.  So I just remind them to do the best they can today and to enjoy what they are receiving.

This post started out as a Friday Photo even though this photo should have actually gone along with my post Yoga Was Supposed To Be A Secret.  But when I popped over to that post to remind myself about what exactly I wrote, I was reminded of the current trend in yoga that I am hearing about.  Goat yoga.  Have you heard about that?  It is somewhat like doing yoga at a cat cafe or adoption lounge, except with goats.

“Regular” (whichever type is being offered) yoga classes are held in the presence of goats.  And the goats just mill around.  Could be they hop on you or not.  When I looked it up just now two sites came up and it looks as if the places the sites are about do yoga outside.  (One says that is what actually was the motivation for their goat yoga classes.)  But the other stories I had seen were inside.  I saw a story where the yoga was being done in a barn and another one where it was a room because the goats (they were kids) were hopping all over and their hooves were making clickety-clack noises on the floor.  Seems as if there are several different places that it is done.  It is really popular.

I am not sure that I would want to have that be a part of my regular practice, but I might try it once.  I like the idea of cats better as I don’t think they are as heavy and rowdy as goats.  But . . . . I don’t know . . .

What do you think?  What is your take on Hatha Yoga starting off as being a secret?  Would you be interested in doing yoga around a herd of goats?

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Special Offer – Free Is Always Special!

Posted by terrepruitt on January 29, 2016

FREE YOGA THE WEEKEND OF FEB. 27 and 28, 2016

 

Mind Body Zone in Fremont is having a weekend of FREE yoga classes. The schedule is as follows (note only the classes listed below are free):

 

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3:30-4:30       Vinyasa Yoga

4:45-5:45       Yin Yoga

 

Sunday, February 28, 2016

10:30-11:30    Hatha Yoga

11:40-12:40    Gentle Yoga

2:15-3:15        Intro to Yoga

3:25-4:25        Restorative

Since it is free, it might fill up fast, so be sure to reserve your spot at the online sign-up website for the studio.  You can use the date field or calendar tool to get to the correct dates, then sign up for whatever classes you want to attend.  (Note: ONLY the classes that are indicated as “FREE” are free.  There are other classes that are being taught that weekend that are not free, so if you are wanting to take the FREE classes, please be sure to sign up accordingly.)  🙂

Bring your own yoga mat or rent one from the studio.  Bring water or purchase a bottle from the studio.  If you are planning on taking more than one class you might want to bring a snack.  It is up to you.

Keep in mind these classes are kinda like a Nia Jam, each class will be taught by three or four teachers per class.  And they are new Graduates of Yoga Teacher Training.

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Sign up now, so you can join the fun!

 

Mind Body Zone: 3335 Seldon Ct, Fremont, CA 94539
(a couple of blocks down from Fry’s right off of 680)

I hope to see you there!

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Light On Iyengar

Posted by terrepruitt on May 9, 2015

Some of you may have heard of Iyengar yoga.  It is a form of Hatha yoga created by Bellur Krishnamachar Sundararaja Iyengar.  It was borne from hours and hours (equating to years and years) of practice.  Iyengar yoga focuses on doing the asanas in a precise and exact manner with mindfulness and specific breath.  The poses are also held so that the practitioner can have “microscopic awareness and inner penetration” and not just mechanically do the pose without thought.  I never knew Bellur Krishnamachar Sundararaja (B.K.S.) Iyengar’s story and having just learned it, I find it very interesting.

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This was the catalyst for his thoughts on progression and sequencing.  He realized that one needs to work his way up to certain poses.  One needs to prepare himself both mentally and physically for certain asanas.  Poses should not be done without any preparation.

B.K.S. married during the time when yoga was not very popular and his efforts to bring it to a wider audience did not help his family’s financial situation.  It took 12 years for B.K.S. situation to change for the better and many more years for yoga to become popular.  But as you may know yoga eventually caught on and is now practiced in many corners of the world.

In 1975, three years after his wife, Ramaamani Iyengar, died, the Ramaamani Iyengar Memorial Institute in Pune, India was opened.  Thousands of people attend the yoga school to learn Iyengar yoga.

B.K.S. Iyengar died in August of 2014.  If you consider 1934, when he moved to Mysore to help his sister, as the year he started doing yoga, he had been doing yoga for 80 years.  He died when he was 95.

The title of this post is a play on the titles his books Light On Yoga, Light On Pranayama, Light on Astanga Yoga, and Light on Life.  Having not read any of them, I am assuming the books shed light on each subject in the title.  Since I just learned a bit about B.K.S. Iyengar I thought I would share, shedding some light.

I just received B.K.S. Iyengar Yoga The Path To Holistic Health, I am sure that I will be learning a lot more about Yogacharya B.K.S. Iyengar and Iyengar yoga so I am sure I will be sharing more about it.  With  the different branches of yoga and the many different types there is always something to learn and that means there is always something to share!

Have you heard of Iyengar yoga?  Do you do yoga?  What type of yoga do you do?

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