We are all human and we all have a story to tell. The good and the bad, interspersed with laughter, tears, joy and heartbreak. We cannot know one without the other. Without sadness, happiness does not exist. Without anger, kindness cannot be practiced.
Competitiveness within the world of yoga is a real thing. Seems a little counterintuitive to find competition on the spiritual path to enlightenment, right? Aren't yogis above that sort of thing?
Sometimes life coasts along easily, gracefully. Daily routines feel effortless. Relationships are content and supported. Quietude is comfortable. A sense of calm has permeated existence. We are alive and all is well in the world.
What happens when you come up against difficulty in the yoga practice? What happens when you experience physical limitations in postures? What happens when you’re feeling discouraged, disheartened, and annoyed at your abilities as a yogi?
Yoga shorty shorts. I love them. And I love the yoga students brave enough to wear them. Butt cheeks a’blazing. Thighs showing in all of their glory. They leave little to the imagination and help to provide an uninhibited yoga practice. They’re easy. They’re comfortable. They keep your body cool during a rigorous workout. Some would even say that they’re more practical than yoga pants when it comes to postures like supta kurmasana and garbha pindasana.
Within the world of yoga, words of self-hatred are prevalent. Seems contradictory, right? Isn't yoga about self-love and acceptance, spirituality, and honoring our connection to something greater than ourselves? Yes, it is! But with the light comes the dark, and sometimes the darkness can become pervasive.
Want to know a little more about me? Here’s a throwback to my first ever magazine feature! The amazing Keri Cole wrote a beautiful article about YogaMari Vermont for Woodstock Magazine that was published last Spring. Enjoy!
Biking is fun. Hanging out with my husband and puppies is fun. Spending time with my girlfriends and drinking a few cocktails is fun. My daily yoga practice—not so fun.
As the yoga industry gains momentum, I receive frequent inquiries from new students interested in taking a class. In addition to logistics and scheduling, they often ask what they should be prepared for. My stripped down answer for them is something like, “Wear comfortable clothes, bring your yoga mat, some water, a small towel, and be ready to move your body and sweat!” In most cases, that’s all a student really needs to know.
What is a yogi? Is it someone with extreme amounts of contortionist-like flexibility, that can easily wrap their body into difficult positions with calm and grace? Is it the person who wakes up religiously at 4am to get on their yoga mat and do their daily practice while their family quietly sleeps? Is it that spiritual dude you follow on Instagram who can sit cross-legged for hours at a time, seemingly deep in meditation, whose feet never go numb… yet your feet (and butt cheeks for that matter) go numb just watching him? Is it your yoga teacher? Who is it? How did they get that title? And who gave it to them anyway?
Have you ever been to a donation based yoga studio? Has the term "donation" left you wondering what you should pay for a class? Well, you're not alone! Many yoga studios use the traditional method of charging students a specific amount per class. This model works! However, if the cost of class is not within a students budget, the class is unaccessible.
It's National Recovery Month -- This Sunday, September 25th, YogaMari Vermont will be hosting a Half Primary class to benefit the Trini Foundation. The Trini Foundation is a non-profit organization that provides the practice of Ashtanga yoga to those in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. Created by Level II Authorized Ashtanga yoga teacher Taylor Hunt, this organization helps to provide studio tuition scholarships, mentorship programs, yoga in prisons, and other services that help to save and better lives.