What are you embracing right now?

What are you embracing right now?

Demonstrating an intermediate variation of the Shoulder Stand, with Plow Pose options, in one of our Shiva Power classes, in my recent Shiva Yoga training program in Qingdao, China. One of the great things about learning to teach with a translator is that you have to make sure you speak clearly and you have to slow down, so that they have time to translate what you are saying to the students, and the students have time to digest everything. I think teaching with a translator the last 4 yrs has helped my teaching in general. Embracing something new. What are you embracing right now? What is challenging for you? What are the new things you are learning by opening up to this new challenge? Did you notice initial resistance to the change and to your own growth?

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Healthy confrontation.

Healthy confrontation.

I was talking tonight in my class about healthy confrontation. This is one of the things that we are practicing on our mat that is so helpful off the mat too. Can you stay open and confront your challenges? Can you confront the people in your life in a healthy way and with an open heart? Can you sit in the discomfort of the asana and breathe. Stay soft in the heat and intensity of the fire! This is our work on and off the mat. Confrontation is healthy. The world is filled with challenges. What’s your relationship to the challenge? Can you shift your perspective. This is what yoga is asking us to do. Really fun to see you tonight — Equinox Encino! Thank you for your lovely energy and practicing hard with me but also keeping things lighthearted.

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Communication is everything!

Communication is everything!

Communication is everything! I think you can solve most problems as long as you are willing to stay open and communicate. It’s hard when there’s a challenge between two people. It’s hard when there’s confrontation. Can you stay open and move towards the confrontation with an open heart and an open mind. This is yoga! If you shut down, close off, stop communicating, and run away — you’re not really practicing yoga off your mat. You have to take what you are learning on your mat off the mat. Go into the fire. Breathe into the discomfort. Stay present. And let go. Let it go. Whatever you are attached to — let it go. I know right away if someone in my life is practicing yoga, or if they are just doing yoga exercise. It’s the quality of communication. My strongest relationships are filled with healthy confrontation. Let’s not push something under the rug and deal with it later. Let’s figure it out right now. Let’s talk about it. Let’s communicate with each other. Are you living your yoga off the mat? What’s your relationship to confrontation? Are you practicing healthy communication? When things get challenging do you shut down? Close off? React emotionally?

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Somewhere between comfort and being overwhelmed is your yoga practice.

Somewhere between comfort and being overwhelmed is your yoga practice.

Adjustment Clinic! I think great teachers are really good at knowing when to push us out of our comfort zone and knowing when to tell us to back off. All of my teachers have been very good at this. They have also always encouraged me to take responsibility for my own practice. You know better than anyone else when you are out of your comfort zone and you also know when you are too far out and things are overwhelming. Somewhere between comfort and being overwhelmed is your yoga practice. Some hands on adjustments are corrective but hands on adjustments don’t always need to be corrective. Some hands on adjustments help you deepen your pose in ways that you can’t do on your own.

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