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When Does Movement Become Yoga?

One of the (many) things I love about  yoga teacher training is the interesting conversations that come up. We have talked about the difference between movement and yoga.
Is it when you teach a particular set of positions or actions? Is it when you can perform a specific set of poses? Maybe when you’ve mastered the ancient philosophy?
IT’S VERY HARD TO BE PURIST ABOUT YOGA GIVEN THAT IT, LIKE ANYTHING THAT’S IN USE, IS CONSTANTLY CHANGING.
Languages change all the time as people use them. The only ones that don’t are the ‘dead’ ones like Latin. Bodies change all the time as we use them too – it’s called adaptive change.
YOGA IS NO DIFFERENT?
Yoga has, in being, a rather twisted history (pun intended) and what we call yoga these days bears a great resemblance to what people called street contortionism a hundred years ago.
And a WHOLE bunch of poses that are in standard rotation now didn’t exist, to the best of my knowledge, when I started practicing yoga. Because it’s constantly changing. Knowing this broadens the scope somewhat for what could be called yoga.
HERE’S MY  TAKE
Is it the mindful movement? Is there breath awareness?
YES? THEN IT’S YOGA.
So running can be yoga, as can walking, as can movement and bio-mechanical explorations. Surfing. Cycling. Of course, when people come to a yoga class they aren’t expecting to go for a run, but rather to do stretchy things and breathe, but that doesn’t stop you from enjoying your run in a yoga-like way. The calm in the brain that keeps me coming back to my practice.
I have been known, quite regularly, to teach entire classes without ever teaching a ‘classical’ yoga pose. Guess I’m part of the living tradition then…

 

All I Want for Christmas is a Stress-free Yoga Class!

Dear Santa,

For Christmas, I’d like to take yoga classes I can zone out into my own peaceful state and not be compared to my fellow students. I want classes I take and teach to be filled with people of all sizes, those new to yoga and those who have practiced for years.

I want those yogis to be flexible and inflexible. I want Joe and Jane Doe to come in off the street because yoga is just as much for them as it is for me and you…

I want them to wear clothing from the Dollar Store instead of sporting matching water bottle, mat, hair band, top, and bottom sets from the various stores. I want to feel like yoga is truly for everyone, and not just for model-esque, elitist snobs who fill studios because they don’t have to work and because yoga is the cool thing to do…

In short: I want the true heart of yoga to shine so bright it feels like a sun-kissed summer day permanently lodged deep in the soul. Could you do that for me, or us, old guy. Could you? Hit me baby, just one time?

Unanimous 

Fall is the season of transformation!

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We can see this all around us in nature: the leaves are falling, the air is changing and we are harvesting an entirely new crop of fruits and vegetables.

It is important that we change with the seasons — just as nature does — by adapting our daily habits,food choices and yoga practice…Ironically, it is only through change that was can stay grounded during this shifting season.

Emotional Maturity

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In today’s world, we are always in motion, always exposed to the noise of information, to visual congestion, and to the media. Our instinct is to shut down and hide maybe even run away. It takes an enormous amount of “emotional maturity” to keep our options open rather than to submit to our instinct to flight or fight nature. Therefore, we never have time to be with ourselves or to relate to others and make excuses as I am too busy (overused words) which layered with cynical and egotistical attachments. Over-scheduled? Scared of downtime? Afraid of silence? Is busy-ness a choice? Is this why you are suffering? Sure, there are projects, appointments and plenty days with a full schedule, but how to approach those moments is entirely up to you. Begin with taking responsibility to stop what is stimulating the pain.
Yoga teaches us to slow down, to let go of the busyness, to rediscover how to feel, to tune into the body, to observe, to live mindfully and to silence to reconnect with our thoughts.
Have compassion for yourself and stop missing out on “your amazing life”!

Events

Yoga and Wine by the Lake

Hosted by Jeff Hunt and Connie Pease

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Relax your mind, body, and soul, as you listen to the calming waves of Decatur Lake. This one hour; instructed; yoga class, is perfect for beginners or experienced alike, as you overlook the surreal and peaceful waters. As you end your class feeling rejuvenated and empowered, enjoy a glass of wine and light appetizers with friends while you reflect on your day and week.
Email or Call for more information or to register: conniepease@hotmail.com or 217-620-3306
25 spaces available and sign up and pre payment required to hold your spot- no exceptions
Fee $20.00
All proceeds go to Feed the Hungry
Included:
1 hour instructed yoga class, outside on decks, overlooking Decatur Lake (Please bring your own mat- there will be some provided)
Hosted by Yoga at Connie’s and Jeff Hunt

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Decatur Library “FREE YOGA” Classes

BYOYM (Bring your own yoga mat and block) and come learn how yoga can enrich your life!

All Levels Yoga

Check Connie Pease’s Facebook page for Instructors Dates.

Class Time: Noon until 1 pm
Location: Madden Auditorium
130 N Franklin St, Decatur, IL 62523
Instructors- Kathleen Owen, Sue Weinstein and Connie Pease

Online Classes

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The studio will be offering online classes for downloading starting in July. We will be creating new sequences, offering workshops,guided meditation and private lessons. You can enjoy a free 30 minute yoga video podcast or download for 99 cents. More Details Soon

Pictures of the Kirtan Event

 

We experienced the heartbeat of kirtan and devotional singing with Johanna Beekman and friends. Johanna’s unforgettable songs  opened our  hearts and inspired us on this yoga journey. I am so thankful to Olivia for asking me if I would be interested  in bringing Johanna here to the the Midwest.  Johanna Beekman Music is on a national tour, so check her schedule out at –  www.johannasings.com

 

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Your First Yoga Lesson: It’s Not What You Think and You Can Do It Right Now

In my ten years of learning and teaching yoga, I’ve witnessed incredible growths in myself and people around me. It’s been a gateway I encourage all to enter and find more depth and companionship to themselves.

Yoga postures and shapes provide a physical shape suspended in time for you to witness what you think, feel, and focus on. Consider the positions, or asanas(traditionally called in the Sanskrit language) different shapes of meditation, each with the added benefit of releasing rigidity and creating space for a more brilliant body to escort your mind for the rest of your life.