The Yama and Niyama form a key part of one of yoga’s foundational texts: The Yoga Sutras Of Patanjali. Loosely, the five yama are guidances for interactions with things external to the self, and the five niyama are personal observances to help us live well.
Last week, I was lucky enough to catch up with one of the people who has inspired me in my own yoga practice over the years. The conversation, naturally, turned to yoga. We sat outside in the cold London winter, tea in hands, and talked about yoga practice, and yoga teachers, and what it actually means to "be your own teacher."
For centuries people have been working out using all sorts of things as weights and other equipment. From rocks and pieces of wood to vibrating bands that were used to shake away the fat, all these types of fitness enhancers had its purpose. Now, this article is not about forcing you into purchasing expensive, brand new equipment, but merely showing you the possibilities of the potential ways to use equipment you might have access to.
It isn’t always easy to get to a 75 minute long yoga class, or even to roll out your mat at home. I always encourage making the time, because no matter what else is going on in your life, maintaining your practice will be of benefit to you and the people close to you. It’s your time, to check in with yourself and to ease out the kinks in your body and mind — and protecting that time will make you calmer, steadier, and more patient with everyone around you.
Yoga hurts sometimes — but I don’t mean physically. Everyone goes through moments in time when they don’t want to go to a yoga class or practise at all, for all kinds of reasons; from being too busy and tired to being disillusioned with their practice, or any number of things in between. Including when yoga does hurt physically; and if you are injured, I strongly recommend rest, doctors, and/or guidance from an experienced teacher.
As a single mom, finding time to workout can be difficult. Being a personal trainer does not always mean you will have time to complete your own workouts. It is important to remember that workouts do not have to have an expensive gym membership attached to them or require going back to an old boring workout we memorized and don’t enjoy, but rather finding ways to just move!