All posts tagged: yoga philosophy

The thing about growing older

I turned another year older this week, and I celebrated in my classes with a playlist full of songs from my college/post-college years. (By the way, pic above was the start of my senior year in college. Good ole Windows 2000 desktop and Dallas Stars obsessed posters.) Those were years where I officially became an adult in the eyes of the law and the years where I had no choice but to become an adult because I needed to be financially independent. Those coming-of-age years were scary and uncertain and fascinating and ridiculous and adventurous. Through all of my teen years, I felt I needed to live up to the “brand” I created for myself. An honors student, newspaper editor, pit captain, president of so-and-so club, blah blah blah. I had a long list of achievements and accolades and titles and labels, but I still had no clue who I was or wanted to be. Even through college, I was too chicken to try on new personas. I was always the tomboy nerd who told dirty jokes. …

Yoga Sequence: Sauca

I shared in class this week how we’ve been forced to clean house on a new level now that Bear Shark is a full-on walking, climbing toddler. Clearing the floors and any surface that is reachable by his little hands is an absolute necessity. This physical cleaning got me reading about the niyama sauca, or cleanliness.  Usually when I think of sauca, I think of it in terms of personal hygiene and personal space. When you clear away the physical distractions and clutter, that gives you room to do your yoga. When you practice good personal hygiene, it’s an act of self-respect and self-care. However, I came across another interpretation of sauca, which talked about cleanliness of thought. How could I start to practice sauca mentally, not letting negative thoughts pollute my mind? How could I start to reframe negative associations toward my body or toward food in a way that lets me live with less judgment? We explored this idea on the mat. Letting the ego go and practicing at a 7 or 8, not an 11. Literal sweeping arm movements …

What Inside Out taught me about Santosha

My husband and I found ourselves with the opportunity to have a day date, and our first thought was to go watch a movie at the theater. Parents, you know how hard it is to go see a movie, right? We settled on Inside Out, feeling only slightly guilty that we didn’t bring our 3-year-old. Fair warning, this post may spoil parts of the movie, if you haven’t seen it yet. Come back and join the conversation after you’ve seen it. It’s a GREAT movie, by the way, and worth the cost of admission. Besides my mommy hormones making me blubber through the sentimental parent/child moments, I was drawn to the internal struggle of emotions. I’m especially sympathetic to Sadness. I’ve always had a soft spot for emo/Debbie Downer characters, like Homestar Runner’s Strong Sad. I think it’s because there is a depth of emotion that lives within sadness, and it’s such an inward-facing emotion. You face your own demons and insecurities and pain when feeling sadness. Interestingly, more often than not, you always come out stronger afterward …

Friday Food for Thought: Habits

“You need not fight to stop a habit. Just don’t give it an opportunity to repeat itself.” – Swami Satchidananda, The Yoga Sutras I’ve struggled a lot with food this past year. I got kind of a pass on being a disciplined eater since I’ve been breastfeeding Bear Shark and need the calories. I probably could have been more discerning about what kind of calories I was consuming, but I also really did not have the time to be that focused on my diet. I remind myself daily that the first year of a baby’s life is all about survival as parents. We took a lot of short cuts to get meals on the table, trying to make the healthiest choice from a takeout menu as we can or making big batches and eating the same thing for days. Lately, the 3-year-old tells us that his food is “boring” and won’t always eat his lunch at school. And then there are days (weeks?) where we did not care at all and ate EVERYTHING. Last weekend, our …

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