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Saturday, June 23, 2018

This is our assignment for the Aspire and Inspire sparkteam: June 21 is International Yoga Day. Have you ever tried yoga? Which type of yoga do you prefer if you are yogini (a female master yoga practitioner)?

I started practicing yoga approximately six years ago, but I definitely would not consider myself a yogini.

I have learned that there are many forms of yoga and that each form may be different when led by a different instructor. I fell in love with the first instructor I had, Summer, and she has come and gone over the years as she is younger and went back to college and even to Israel for more training.

At the beginning I practiced Hatha Yoga. It is my understanding that any yoga practice that includes specific movements and series of postures (asanas) is a form of hatha yoga. Then Summer starting leading us in what is known as Kundalini Yoga. Kundalini techniques involve stretching, breathing , strength and meditation.

What I like about Kundalini Yoga is that it is a yoga of awareness. It teaches me to listen to my body and do what works for me. It has taught me to challenge myself. You might not think 3 minutes is very long, but when you are doing a particular exercise for three minutes it seems very long, but I learned that I can persevere and get through the entire time.

Happily my favorite instructor, Summer, is back in town and has her own Mindful Movement studio and teaches a variety of movement classes. I am currently taking a level one yoga class because of the ongoing pain I have had for the past three years. This class is a combination of Kundalini and Hatha yoga. The first part of the class involves a lot of warm up using Kundaline type moves. Then we move into the Hatha form. In this class we do a lot less of the up and down movements you find in a regular Hatha class.

Summer also teaches levels 2 and 3 yoga classes. My current plan is to stay in Level 1 through the summer and then check out the level 2 to see how my pain level is.

If you haven’t tried yoga, I really encourage you to give it a try. It is really a mind/body connection that has many benefits including boosting your immunity, improving your ability to deal with stress, and increasing your muscle strength and tone.

If you have tried yoga and didn’t like it, I encourage you to try it with a different instructor. They even have chair yoga so it really is accessible to almost anyone.

“Yoga is the fountain of youth. You're only as young as your spine is flexible.”
Bob Harper

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    You know I love Yoga too! I am currently enjoying online, Yoga With Adrienne. She is my favorite online teacher thus far. I am so happy that you Summer came back to teach. It does make a big difference, relating to your teacher. emoticon
    275 days ago
    I love the quote! You're so right about how different it can be with each instructor and the importance of trying another before giving up. Kundalini Yoga sounds interesting, and I'd love to try it. Will check to see if I can find a video since it isn't offered here, as far as I know.
    304 days ago
  • CANDOK1260
    emoticon for sharing this info
    304 days ago
    Great blog and great insight. Hope the level 1 works out great for you without any flare-ups. I love yoga, too. No matter how many mods I make, sometimes feeling like, "Am I actually even doing a yoga workout because of all the mods?" I always feel so calm and centered at the end. It makes my world feel right. Now just to hold on to the feeling all day long....
    305 days ago
  • BJAEGER307
    I don't regularly practice yoga anymore. I use to, but have fallen out of the routine of it. Seems it's been really hard for me to commit to anything lately. Time to reassess things again and pull myself out of my slump that I've been in.

    Glad for the information on yoga, maybe I'll try again.
    305 days ago
    You are fortunate to have such a great instructor. I've never taken an actual yoga class before, but your blog gives me something to think about and maybe reconsider. Thanks for sharing.
    305 days ago
    Your class and your teacher sound great! emoticon
    305 days ago
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    305 days ago
    Very happy you have such a great opportunity of having an awesome yogini. In my town, there's no such wealth of knowledge about yoga, so I've been my own yogini together with what I learned many moons ago, when young and in the university, and videos. I love anything yoga that stretches and relaxes my body.
    305 days ago
    emoticon I had no idea there were so many types. Honestly, I've only done yoga on my Wii, but I enjoy it and it works for a newbie like me. I'm glad you have found something you really like. emoticon emoticon I can't do that one! emoticon
    305 days ago
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