I was in San Antonio having dinner along Riverwalk recently, and in the bathroom next to me was a young woman who was purposefully throwing up in the toilet. It was obvious that she was forcefully causing her own vomiting, beacuse you could hear her burp a little bit as she apparently stuck her finger down her throat, then she'd vomit briefly, spit, and then do it all over again. Over and over. When I vomit from being sick, most of it comes up at once, and then in erratic spurts. She was barfing on cue in rhthym. It was sad and horrifying to hear.
It's not something you'd normally worry about when going to a yoga class, that your little neighborhood yoga studio might close or be bought up by a larger company. But this just happened in my neighborhood, where a local yoga chain bought up a standalone studio nearby. With no warning. It's quite disconcerting to walk into what was a familiar and cozy environment to a redecorated lobby with a new logo in front.
Restorative yoga is one of those wonderful forms of yoga that truly reinvigorates mind, body and soul, and it hardly requires much effort at all! Yet, despite how wonderful I feel every time I go to a restorative yoga class, I still have to "nudge" myself to get up and go sometimes.
After years of people writing letters to the editor asking Yoga Journal to stop being so ageist and monochromatic in their choice of (ugh) yoga models, Yoga Journal may be getting the hint. I noticed they had a black woman on a recent cover, and a friend noticed that they actually had an older woman without a perfect body as the demonstrator in one of their inside spreads. I hope they are getting the message that we women yogis do not need to see pictures of perfect female bodies in order to want to buy a magazine. We are more evolved than that.
I'm going to the third "core" course in my 500-hr advanced yoga teacher training this weekend. I feel totally unprepared. My yoga practice has been slim to none lately. Excuses, excuses. I had the full intention of taking advantage of a free month-long pass in August, only to find out that an antibiotic I was taking for a sinus infection had the lovely side effect of causing tendon problems. As in, tendonitis and possibly tendon rupture. I wasn't even exercising and I was hobbling around in my apartment due to the inflamed joints the drug caused.
I was trying out a new yoga class the other night, and the teacher started the class off by apologizing for the substitute who'd ran her class the week before. See, one person had given feedback that he didn't like the sub very much, so she felt somehow this was important to announce to the class and apologize because she had not been able to "hand pick" the sub.
Mass shootings are scary and horrifying, and so of course when one happens, the national conversation turns towards prevention. What could have been done to stop the shooting? More police surveillance? Stricter gun laws?
There are many ways to age, and in my observation, people tend to age in the following ways:
1) They try to ignore their aging, and pretend they are still young even when they aren't.
2) They throw their hands and just "give up" and totally let themselves go.
3) They age gracefully, with acceptance, and take good care of themselves at the same time.
Of course, not everyone is going to fit into those categories. But I've been observing lately that a lot of people tend towards either 1 or 2. They'll either go into a bit of denial and try to Botox their way out of aging, or they'll just quit bothering and let themselves get "old and fat."
Somewhere in between is that happy middle of aging with grace. As I'm only newly aging and in my early 40s, I hope that I can find that middle ground. Still, I find myself wavering between wanting to push my body and taking better care of it...and yes, it's true, you do start feeling more "aches and pains" after 40.
I do want my yoga to be challenging, but a bit more gentle. And I'm less and less interested in doing yoga to "look good" or master the perfect expression of a pose, versus just doing enough to keep my body in good shape and healthy.
Welcome, salutations, and namaste my fellow yogis -
This seems as appropriate a way as any other to welcome you to the beginning of an exploration of one young man upon the Path - a journey and open soliloquay, if you will - into the sublime and seemingly unfathomable world of yoga. Its clouded and ancient past as well as its new home as we find it today in our country: an ancient psycho-spiritual practice of transformation and liberation finding its place in a modern, technological, fast paced, western capitalist country. And this place has by no means been found thus far.
Every year, there's a day of yoga smack dab in the midst of Times Square. But does it actually help the cause of yoga? It is good PR? Or does it cause a yoga backlash?
Yahoo comments tend to be the bottom of the barrel, but they do provide an interesting window into the minds of Americans. The reaction to the yoga event on this Yahoo article was predominantly negative. Comments ranged from the annoyed to the political.
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