I normally let thoughts percolate for a while before I write about them, and this has been on my mind for some time. #yogaeverydamnday is a very popular hashtag, usually appearing in conjunction with a pretty yoga pic or some cheery affirmation. In the same vein, yogis are always talking about doing 30, 60, or… Continue reading #yogaeverydamnday: A Caveat
For a while now, it’s been a trend to post pictures of oneself doing yoga poses, or “yoga selfies,” on social media. Some of these pictures show super-talented yogis doing some pretty crazy, bendy, acrobatic, and advanced stuff. There are many of these advanced poses I can’t do myself, even as a generally healthy and… Continue reading I Don’t Mind “Yoga Selfies,” and Here’s Why
VIEWER ALERT: I’m about to yammer on about the relationship between yoga and jiu jitsu, as I sometimes do. But hey, what did you expect? They’re two subjects I spend far too much time thinking about. One resemblance between yoga and jiu jitsu is that both involve exploring the outer limits of your body’s range… Continue reading When to “Tap” in Yoga
I’m hardly the first to say this, but the “point” of yoga is not to become super bendy, to put your feet behind your head, or to master a bunch of flashy poses and then post photos on social media. I also think it’s a bit presumptuous to posit a single purpose to yoga, as… Continue reading Flexibility, Hypermobility, and Caution
The idea for this post was actually born during yoga teacher training. A group of us were discussing how we were agonizing over our playlists for the classes we’d teach as our final projects, at the end of the course. Of course, we wanted to get every song just so, pick music that complemented particular… Continue reading Songs That Are Perhaps Inappropriate for Yoga
NOTE: Obviously, I do not actually think that yoga is just like Orthodox Judaism. As a person who studies religion, spirituality, and belief, I do, however, find it fascinating when you find resemblances, however coincidental, in unexpected places. I also think that comparing such wildly disparate traditions helps us see and appreciate both in a… Continue reading 13 Ways That Yoga Is Just Like Orthodox Judaism
I’ve practiced yoga, a fairly common girl activity, for around five years. Although I’ve been in some classes where the male population edged up towards 50%, it’s safe to say that yoga is a pretty female-dominated sphere. But I’ve also practiced a far less conventionally feminine hobby for a similar time-span. Usually two or three… Continue reading Martial Arts for Yoga People
Let’s all take a good, long moment of introspection. Honestly, how many of us have resolved to master a certain yoga pose in a certain amount of time? Rather than just relax and practice, we strain, grimace, and wonder why it’s taking so damn long. Not only do we torture ourselves with this kind of… Continue reading Is It Good to Set Goals in Yoga?