Monthly Archives: January 2010

Yoga to relieve the stress of joblessness

Culturally, we identify so strongly with our careers, believing that what we do is who we are. I once proclaimed so strongly that I am a yoga teacher, it stopped the conversation in its tracks, leaving friends to ask why I held so tightly to this notion. Their question made me pause and wonder the same thing myself.
Baddha Sirsasana (bound headstand)

Yoga’s ’10 Commandments’, the yamas and niyamas offer a roadmap for how to live a yogic life. One of the yamas is aparigraha, translated as non-possessiveness or non-attachment. In my need to identify myself with my career, it seems I’d strayed from practicing aparigraha. I had become so attached to yoga that it was part of my identity. I was wholly caught up in the ‘who we are is what we do’ paradigm and needed to establish some separation from yoga to understand how I had fallen into this way of thinking. By separation, I don’t mean avoiding teaching or not practicing. Rather, I tried to get clear that yoga means an awful lot to me, but it is not me. It is separate from self, or ego, or whatever you like to call it. Acknowledging this can lead to much relief. It’s ok if you aren’t working as a lawyer, banker, teacher. You are so much more than that. We are all so much more.

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Yoga While Traveling – No Mat Required

Like many people, I was away from home for the holidays.  Luckily that didn’t mean I had to be away from my yoga practice.  Like outdoor running, which can be enjoyed virtually anywhere and requires minimal equipment, the same can be said about yoga.  So the question to ponder when traveling is not ‘Can I?’, but ‘How Do I?’. The big concern is how to fit it in.  Yoga Handstand While it’s a little challenging to find the time.  It can be more challenging to find the space – both where you’re staying and in your luggage.

I was staying with family and had planned to practice at a local yoga studio, unfortunately most were closed for the holidays.  So, I needed a plan B.  In my past life as a ‘road warrior’ software consultant, I’d come across the Yoga Paws product (http://www.yoga-equipment-store.com).  These are little sleeves that wrap around hands and feet and feel like a yoga mat on the bottom.  They eliminate the need for a mat, allowing hands and feet to stay in place on hardwood, tile, carpet (I’ve only tried them on low pile carpet), etc.  They really work and score big points for being compact.

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