Tag Archives: niyamas

Want versus need

As I have mentioned in earlier posts, one of the requirements of my teacher training program involves mentorship. Two weeks ago I completed my first mentor observation; today I completed my second (and final) one. Detailed (and lengthy) notes from … Continue reading

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Yoga ethics

Lately I have been having tech sessions and class sessions that have been lecture- or discussion-based instead of movement- or experience-based; today that trend continued. This morning I had a tech session titled “Yamas and Niyamas on the Mat”. If … Continue reading

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The yoga trio: body, heart, mind

This afternoon I had another core yoga session, where we went through two poses, a niyama, and some Sanskrit.  It was an information-intense session; but overall, a good one. The first pose we did was Cow-Face Pose (Gomukhasana). The pose … Continue reading

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Seriously?

I had a core yoga session today – and it just wasn’t very good.  And it pains me to say that, for a variety of different reasons: First and foremost, I don’t like to be negative.  I have spent too … Continue reading

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Illness, Irritation, Illumination – oh, and Iyengar

I’ll be honest: I wasn’t feeling very good for much of the day today (tired, headache, feverish), and one of the last things I wanted to do tonight was go to a yoga tech session. I was concerned that I … Continue reading

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A day of tapas

And no, I do not mean those small tasty Mexican appetizers. Tapas is defined as “heat”, “fire”, “austerity” – basically, disciplining oneself to overcome frustration and angst, and to accept that which we may not necessarily “like”, in order to … Continue reading

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Exploring the limits of contentment

This afternoon was a core instruction session, and it followed the usual structure: asana (pose) examination, niyama (ethics) exploration and conversation, and yoga topic lecture/teaching. We examined two poses today, actually: Extended Side Angle, and Revolved Side Angle.  While the … Continue reading

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