I couldn't wait to share this brief video with you all! Tao Porchon-Lynch is Guinness' newly recognized Oldest Yoga teacher. Tao is much younger that her 93 calendar years! Be inspired, Click the link above to see her lifting off in full lotus.
Watch this video of a 91 year old Yoga teacher who tangos in her spare time. Her philosophy is as inspiring as her youthfulness. A life lived in service of others. If you can't see the video in your email, got to my website and visit the blog. Forward this post to a friend who could use some inspiration to get to Yoga: You all asked, and we listened! Danielle is coming out from New York City this weekend, she'll be assisting our 9am Yoga class this coming Sunday, and the Monday 4pm class. Danielle is gifted at helping people find just the right depth of a posture. If you've not experienced her co-teaching, you're in for a real treat. Come just a bit early if you can, so we can get started right on time. Looking ahead slightly, Our Open Mic Kirtan on Sat. the 24'th, a free event.. If you like Yoga music, come on down! That Sunday, the 25'th is Restorative Yoga, 12:30. might be the last of the season, unless I hear differently from you. Get the scoop at the events page. Thanks again for all your kind emails and feedback, and of course, for coming to class! This Friday night I'm at Global [...]
Whatever it takes to get us to the mat... The busier life gets, the more important Yoga becomes, and while crib notes may work for politicians, there are better ways to get your Om on. Sri Brahmananda Saraswati would say "Practice 10 minutes in the morning, 10 minutes in the evening, how hard is that?" When a reluctant student said "I don't have 10 minutes in the morning!" he replied "oh, then you need an hour!" 1. Make it a priority. Remember how good you feel after your Yoga. Plant the seeds for a daily practice. 2. Mark the classes you plan to attend on your calendar. Go ahead, turn ahead to next month and write those classes in too! 3. Some people like to have a Yoga buddy. Take turns driving to class, and now they're counting on you. 4. Technology can help, Nowadays it's very-easy to send yourself a class reminder. Set it once and it will remind you every week. Check out one of the many free email and text message reminder services and Apps available on the web. 5. If you can't make the time for a full practice, 10-15 minutes of Yoga can really help keep the peace. [...]
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Here's a nice chart that summarizes the effects of a focused Pranayama practice and various breathing ratios.
Required reading for anyone who has a body: Waking: A Memoir A paraplegic Yoga teacher with much to share. I'll be re-reading this book next time I feel challenged. From the web review: Matthew's mental awareness--as a result of a spinal cord injury--was literally knocked out of the lower two-thirds of his body. While doctors were able to keep him alive, he was not given the tools to reconnect his mind to his paralyzed body. Matthew describes how for years after the devastating accident, from the chest down, he experiences a "schism" or "a form of silence" between his mind and his body. During his first months in the hospital and later periods in intensive care units there was so much pain that leaving his body became a survival skill. These experiences alone catapulted Matthew into unknown territory when it comes to understanding the mind and body. From this understanding Matthew begins to practice, and eventually teach Iyengar Yoga. Take care, I'll see you in class. John