Yoga Thinking – It’s Not Easy

There’s a sign that someone gave President Barack Obama to put on the Resolute desk which says “Hard Things are Hard”.  I think of this sometimes when any of my yoga instructors make the suggestion to put aside any stressful or negative thoughts that might be on the minds of anyone in the room.  It’s a great concept but one that’s harder to practice in real life.  The whole idea is to focus on the challenge of the yoga practice before you.  Also, within that practice, one is also instructed to “leave” any mistakes, stumbles, imbalances and failed attempts at poses where they are and move to the next moment of the practice.

It all seems to be about acceptance of yourself and even forgiveness.  It puts us in a place where we can be our real selves and strive to be our best with the idea that we do fall, we do make some mistakes and sometimes we excel and triumph!

But doing it, requires a certain confidence in acting completely natural – I suppose that’s what they mean when they talk about leaving your Ego at the door.  Experiencing the hard things is as important as experiencing the triumphs.  I think that what builds us.

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Men in Yoga Tights – 5 Things to Know

I generally wear running tights to yoga class. There are some wide ranging opinions on men and women parts about men and yoga apparel. Here are some points to ponder about men and tights.

  1. Mens tights are certainly not an “unmanly” or nonmasculine piece of apparel.  The standard in many sports, either under shorts or stand alone has become some form of compression wear.

  2. Athletic tights are a healthy and practical garment in a yoga studio.  Compression on muscles (as well as warmth) allows for easier movement and flexibility.  Some would suggest that they also reduce injury risk.  Similar to why NBA players wear tights under their shorts.

  3. The right yoga pant or tight is stylish and attractive.  Why not look the best you can be and feel good about it.

  4. Worn with the proper under support and appropriate size, most men and women are not “grossed out” by a male with tights.  Think ballet, or those NBA players again.  They look fine and are able to perform in an optimal manner.

  5. Yoga apparel for men, loose or tight, is generally designed to allow for flexibility and function.  Basically the pant has to allow you to carry out a pose in a comfortable and safe way.

    There is a good variety of mens yoga apparel on the market.  Manduka for one has a nice selection of good quality clothes.  The athletic companies like Under Armour and Nike also produce yoga worthy apparel.  Check it out and leave a comment.

4 Ways to Leave a Yoga Class

working-cobra-yoga-pose-cute-hispanic-women-practicing-their-class-gym-35911698I wrote about the preparation for your Yoga Class last post.  It’s one of those things where there’s truly a “before, during and after”.  The “after” of a Yoga practice is important.  You’ve recovered from lying on the floor in savasana and here you go back out into the world. Here are a couple of things to keep in mind as you do this.

1. Be happy and thankful to yourself for making the effort to be there and challenge yourself.  This extends to everyone around you.  It’s always nice to bid others good bye or even a nod of acknowledgement since they were part of the experience.  I remember being taken completely by surprise after a class when young female friend of my gave me a huge embrace after the class.  She wanted to just share the moment.  Sure – not everyone wants a hug – especially strangers – but a little kind acknowledgement goes a long way.

2.  If you made an intent or goal at the beginning of the class, give some consideration to how you might take it away and continue to use or consider it.  If the goal is living your intentions and growing, well why not take it with you.  There is a philosophy about “leaving your yoga practice on your mat” but I think that the strength and insight that we sometimes achieve are worth taking with us.

3. Thank the teacher and be sure to let him or her know how much you appreciated and particular parts of the class.  It’s always a good opportunity to ask a question.

4. Nurture your body with water.  Many classes are dehydrating if you worked hard and sweated.

These are some of my suggestions and I’d be open to your comments.

 

Namaste

YOGA as part of LIFE

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Yoga has become an integral part of my life.  It is a practice that is a lifestyle for many, at the most, and a means of exercise and stress management, at the least, for some.  Regardless of how much or little that the practice of yoga occupies one’s life – it’ all good.  Yoga is about balance.  Yoga is about strength and calmness.  It’s about developing and nurturing yourself.  While you are on your mat, you focus on all of these aspects and for once it’s ok for it to be “all about me”.

If you are new to yoga, it would be great if you tried any intro or beginner class.  You will find – I can guarantee- an atmosphere of  TOTAL acceptance of simply who you are and where you are at.  This is what is to be asked of you.

If Yoga is an established part of your life than lucky and wise you.  I hope you find some of my future posts to be interesting.  Feel free to add any comments or suggestions.   Namaste