Music to Make You Move: The Ultimate Yoga Playlist

You know those moments in your yoga practice when everything is quiet- your body, your breath, your mind? I cherish those transcendental pauses within the noisy confusion of daily life. However, there are times when I cannot find that silence. But that doesn’t mean my yoga practice should suffer as a result. Incorporating music into your yoga session can be that boost of vitality necessary to keep you focused and enthused on the mat.

In order to sustain a daily home asana practice without the motivation of a class or teacher, a kick-ass playlist is my secret weapon to get me onto my mat when I am feeling a little lazy or lackluster. This ultimate yoga playlist is designed for a 1.5 hour class and mixes upbeat and energetic songs with more subdued and pacified melodies that lends itself to both a vinyasa practice or a more gentle hatha or yin style. Starting leisurely then progressing as you warm the body and continuing with higher energy songs to keep a steady pace and flow. Finally, it winds down into softer beats as you move into sitting asanas and shavasana is accompanied by songs that inspire more of a meditation than simple passive listening.

I use to obsess about what was “appropriate” yoga music. But really any genre or intensity can be yoga music- it’s not about the style of yoga, it’s about the style of the yogi. And sometimes my sun salutation needs a little Jimi Hendrix infusion to inspire my movements.

I’m not suggesting to blow out your speakers every time you practice. But yoga is all about balance- femininity verse masculinity, strong verse soft, a silent practice verse jamming out.

A few of the artist on my playlist, including Krishna Das and Mirabai Ceiba, will be performing at the Barcelona Yoga Conference on July 4-8. Check out their website, www.barcelonayogaconference.cat, for more information and concert times.

So here’s the hard copy of my playlist. Pick and choose what sings to your personal music preferences or check out the full version on Spotify titled, “Analisa Yoga Vibes”. Listen, practice, play, shake your booty, create your own playlist… because yoga doesn’t always have to be silent and serious.

  • The Long Road- Eddie Vedder (Ft. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan)
  • Natural Mystic- Bob Marley
  • Love Song #1- Meshell Ndegeocello
  • Dreaming East- DJ Drez
  • Until the Morning (Rewound)- Thievery Corporation
  • Krishna´s Dub- DJ Drez (Ft. Marti Nikko & Domonic Dean Breaux)
  • Pura Vida- Guts
  • Even After All- Finley Quaye
  • Follow the Sun- Xavier Rudd
  • Aqueous Transmission- Incubus
  • Little Wing- Jimmy Hendrix
  • Nectar Drop- DJ Drez
  • I Will Be Light- Matisyahu
  • Man on Fire- Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
  • Hanuman Baba (dub farm remix)- Krishna Das
  • Prabhujee- Ravi Shankar
  • Ong Namo- Mirabai Ceiba
  • Offering Chant- Lama Gyurme and Jean-Philippe Rykiel

 

 

 

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El Yoga de la devoción

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Durante la práctica de Bhakti Yoga estamos cantando diferentes nombres de lo sagrado: algunos de nosotros lo llamamos Dios, otros Madre Tierra, otros Universo. Si traemos un sentido de devoción en nuestra intención, esta práctica nos llevará a un estado alterado de consciencia: aquel donde el corazón se expande de par en par. Esta práctica trabaja sobre aspectos de Anahata Chakra, el chakra relacionado al corazón.

Por otro lado, la repetición constante de mantras nos ayuda en el proceso de abrir nuestras voces. Y en este camino, no se trata sobre “saber” cantar. Estamos trabajando sobre liberar nuestra voz, no solo la voz cantada, sino nuestra capacidad para decir lo que sentimos, para utilizar nuestra palabra de forma correcta y con libertad. Muchos procesos de crecimiento se desatan al abrir nuestras voces. Todos podemos cantar y todas las voces son importantes. La práctica de Kirtan es una práctica sanadora que trabaja sobre aspectos de Vishudda Chakra, el chakra relacionado a la voz.

Cuando leí sobre las actividades de Sonido Sagrado que iban a ocurrir en la Barcelona Yoga Conference me puse muy feliz. Es una gran oportunidad para cantar rodeados de cientos de voces y sentir la poderosa energía de una sala llena de vibraciones. Para aquellos que amamos los mantras, Krishna Das, Manose y Tina Malia son algunos de los mayores referentes del Kirtan y los mantras en Occidente. ¡Tenerlos a los tres en el mismo festival es imperdible!

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Por qué es importante que asistas a festivales de Yoga si eres instructor

 

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En los festivales de Yoga se juntan seres de todas partes del mundo para practicar distintas formas de “Yoga”, que significa “unión”. ¿Cuántas probabilidades hay de que todos ellos se encuentren en el mismo espacio, en la misma ciudad, compartiendo su sabiduría? Cada uno de estos encuentros es único y una gran oportunidad para crecer individualmente como practicantes e instructores y colectivamente como mensajeros de esta filosofía de vida.

Me encanta ir a festivales de Yoga para encontrarme con la comunidad de yoguis. Sí, en estos espacios uno se encuentra con seres de su tribu: esos que están meditando en un pasillo, saludando al sol en el cesped, haciendo un paro de cabeza en cualquier parte, cantando mantras desde el corazón, bailando con libertad. Es emocionante sentir la energía de las salas de Yoga llenas de practicantes en profunda conexión con sí mismos y con los otros. Es un ámbito de celebración de nuestra práctica y un espacio de camaradería con nuestros pares. Es probable que conozcas a muchos maestros admirables y que puedas hacer contacto con ellos. En el mundo del Yoga, la comunidad y la conexión son muy importantes. Nuestro rubro está relacionado con los viajes, los talleres y retiros y siempre es bueno conocer a yoguis de todo el mundo para colaborar juntos.

Los festivales de Yoga son el espacio para conocer la diversidad de propuestas de bienestar y espiritualidad que existen. Es primordial que como instructores sigamos siendo siempre alumnos y practicantes. Conociendo a otros maestros y experimentando sus formas de enseñar y comunicar, puedes llevarte nuevos aprendizajes para tu práctica personal y para compartir con tus alumnos.

Un festival es la oportunidad de tomarte un tiempo para ti mismo, como si se tratase de un retiro con muchas opciones de las cuales elegir aquellas que resuenan más con tu camino. Y tal vez, si te animas a probar algo diferente a lo que practicas a diario, encuentres una nueva disciplina o rama de tu interés, y a partir de esto tu camino de estudio se diversifique.

Estos encuentros donde la energía colectiva es poderosa, te motivan a volver a tus comunidades locales y/o comunidades online, para seguir compartiendo el universo del Yoga con más inspiración, humildad y devoción. Durante estos días de compartir en comunidad, reafirmamos nuestra vocación por el servicio de transmitir la filosofía y el mensaje del Yoga para que llegue a más y más seres de todo el mundo.

¡Nos vemos en la Barcelona Yoga Conference!

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Out of the Studio & Into the City

A cozy yoga studio is solace during winters harsh months and provides a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. But with summer at our doorstep, the sun is shining longer and longer and the temperatures are rising and rising. So why not take advantage of the change of season and move your yoga practice outside? After all, all you need is a mat and a little inspiration!

Some of my most heart-warming and soul-stimulating yoga memories happened far away from a yoga studio. The connection with the elements adds another level to a class that isn’t so easily accessible while practicing with a roof over your head. There is something very powerful about practicing sun salutations while the literal sun warms you up and energizes your flow. Or to feel the cool shimmer of the full moon against your skin while you settle into your final shavasana. Luckily, Barcelona is booming with numerous options that move your practice out of a four-walled studio and into the vibrant city we love.

Here is my list of classes in Barcelona that encourage you to shake up your normal yoga routine with a fresh, summertime vibe.

Paddleboard Yoga

If the sea is your happy place, then stand up paddleboarding yoga (lets call is “SUP yoga” for the sake of my fingers!) is for you. It combines traditional yoga postures with an added element of challenge and fun because the normal ground you practice on is now a board moving and flowing in the water. Don’t worry if you have never tried SUP before, the boards are generally very large and thick so they are easy to balance on and feel comfortable. Many poses such as Adho Mukha Svanasana (downward dog) or Balasana (child´s pose) wont feel too different on a SUP than on land. But as the class progresses you might find that asanas you usually don’t exert much effort in now require a lot more attention and coordination. You will never look at Bakasana (crow pose) the same again until you try it on a paddleboard. And if you fall in, no worries, just get back on and try again! I almost find myself to be more confident while practicing on a SUP because I know the water wont hurt as much as hitting a wooden floor. There are a few different companies in Barceloneta that offer classes for both beginners and experts alike. Check out Pilates SUP Beach or SUP Yoga Catalunya for class schedules and prices. So put on that bikini and Namaste while floating away…

Beach Yoga

If being in the water doesn’t exactly float your boat, then you can enjoy the beauty and relaxation of the beach while keeping two feet firmly on the ground. Yoga at the beach brings a salty edge to your asana practice and an undeniable sense of peace while looking out at the horizon. There are a few classes offered in different locations along the Barcelona coast. The groups Beach Yoga and  Yoga on the Beach Barceloneta have a list of upcoming classes or if you’re an early riser you can try a sunrise beach class with Maca followed by fresh fruit (contact her here for dates and times).

Full Moon Yoga

This monthly gathering takes place on a rooftop in the center of it all, the El Ravel neighborhood. This one-and-a-half-hour class begins as the moon rises over the city landscape and is accompanied by live music. The theme usually coincides with the energy of a full moon, more soft and introspective. There is a limit on the number of yogis that can attend in order to make it a more intimate vibe so be sure to reserve your spot in advance. Contact Yoga Weeks Barcelona (www.yogaweeks.com) to check when the next session will be.

Yoga in the Park

Despite the vast amounts of concrete in Barcelona, there are still many nooks and crannies of green space throughout the city. Parks such as Parc Ciutadella and the hillside of Montjuic provide a little escape to nature while still staying within city limits. Every Wednesday at 19:15 in Gracia, Enjoyce Yoga & Massage (www.facebook.com/enjoyceyogaandmassage) leads a donation-based Hatha class at the Jardi del Silenci. And Yoga con Lau (www.facebook.com/YogaConLau) offers Hatha Vinyasa classes every Saturday at 12:00 at the Jardines del Teatre Grec in Montjuic.

I hope this gives you a little boost to seize the summer and take your practice into the open air. And be sure to check out the Barcelona Yoga Conference (www.barcelonayogaconference.cat) from July 4-8 to experience even more ways to inspire your practice, on and off the mat.

“May the long time Sun shine upon you, all the love surround you, and the pure light within you guide your way on…” -Kundalini blessing

Namaste, sweet souls

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BYC, una oportunidad de negocio

¿Para qué engañarnos? El camino del yoga, como cualquier otro campo, tiene también sus atajos. La Barcelona Yoga Conference se presenta no sólo como una maravillosa oportunidad de seguir aprendiendo y experimentado, sino también como una perfecta ocasión para conocer a gente con tus mismas inquietudes.

Existe un dicho popular que asegura que “la unión hace la fuerza”, y sí, hay que reconocerlo y, siguiendo el segundo de los yamas de Patanjali (Satya), hay que decir la verdad. Y esta es la realidad: el yoga es, a día de hoy, uno de los negocios que más rápidamente crece. Se asegura que sólo en nuestro país ya son más de 100 mil las personas que practican esta disciplina.

Llevo más de 7 años practicando yoga, más de 1000  horas de estudio a mis espaldas, y muchas otras como profesora.  Y hasta ahora jamás vi el yoga como un negocio. Pero, pasado todo este tiempo, ¿por qué no aprovechar mis conocimientos y mi experiencia para empezar a dedicarme por completo? ¿Por qué no ganarme la vida con ello? ¿Por qué no realizar retiros, cursos o viajes de yoga? ¿Por qué no aprender de los que lo hacen? ¿Qué hay de malo en ello? El yoga que se practicaba en las cavernas ha evolucionado, nos guste o no el yoga es ya un negocio. Y la Barcelona Yoga Conference, con gran variedad de maestros, talleres y yogis de todo el mundo, es una red impresionante, una buena plataforma para seguir practicando, aprendiendo y, por qué no decirlo, también para darte a conocer. ¿Te vienes?

 

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Using mindfulness and nature to reduce anxiety

One of my favourite places to be, is completely immersed in nature. Not ‘doing’ anything in particular, just being. Wandering. Noticing. Absorbing

But whilst wandering around the Cloud Forest in Singapore at the weekend, re-educating myself on the environmental impact that we humans are having on the planet, I had a realisation that so many children and adults really are disconnected from nature.

Now, thankfully, I know that this is not all children and adults. I have worked with schools across the Globe that infuse environmental awareness into their daily lessons, nature is the foundation of their curriculum and school ethos, and the community fully embody and appreciate the natural world

But, I have also worked with alot of inner-city schools where nature is sparse and in general, there is a huge disconnect between poeple and the natural world.

And what is the major difference that I observe between those communities that feel connected to nature, and those that barely see any greenery?

A reduction in anxiety and an increase in self-awareness, in those that have time to mindfully connect to the natural world. (Not to mention a serious decrease in screen-addicted children

Now, if you know me well, you’ll
know that nature is a huge feature of my children’s yoga classes and
training courses. This partly comes from my background as an educator
and my studies of Waldorf Steiner and Forest Schools, but also because I
truly believe that nature has the power to heal, soothe and inspire us
all (ultimately reducing anxiety and enhancing well-being!)

So, here I’m sharing 3 ways in which you can infuse nature into yours (and your family’s) daily life and mindfulness routine to help heal, soothe and inspire, reduce anxiety and increase self-awareness.

1. Natural Mandala Art Meditations

Overall, I’d say that this is my favourite moving meditation and certainly a favourite of both my young and adult students.

What is it?

In short, moving in silence (or with soothing background music) to create a mandala using natural materials such as shells, twigs, flowers and stones. This can be done as a group, creatively collaborating without communicating, or as an individual, to really enhance self-awareness.

What is it really?

A great all-rounder for creating a calm, quiet mind, cultivating patience and mindfulness and learning lessons in non-attachment to emotions and experiences, so that your brain and body can apply these new-found tools into daily life when feeling sad, angry or disappointed.

2. The Pebble Meditation

Another wonderful and meaningful moving meditation.

What is it?

Quietly and mindfully stacking pebbles, each of which represents an element in nature and a quality that you can embody in yourself (a strong mountain, a peaceful river). As you stack the pebbles, say a mantra, aloud or in your mind, to connect to those elements and qualities.

What is it really?

A traditional technique to enhance self-awareness, a still mind and an understanding and appreciation that we can embody the characteristics that we admire about the natural world. The mantras are used to rewire our brain to truly believe that we are strong, peaceful and free

3. Flower Breathing

What is it?

Simply put, smelling the flowers

What is it really?

A breathing technique that uses the beauty of nature to extend and enhance each breath.

Choose a flower and take a few mindful moments to observe it, noticing what you can see, feel and smell. Then inhale deeply through your nose, hold the breath in for a moment, being aware of how it feels, exhale deeply through your mouth – a deep cleansing breath with a super-sweet scent, to engage your para-sympathetic nervous system and shift into ‘rest and digest’ mode.

So, whether you’re immersed in nature’s beauty or bringing these techniques into the indoor space, its easy to create a deeper connection to nature to reduce anxiety and increase self-awareness, with these 3 simple mindfulness strategies.

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The healing Touch

To be touched by someone physically can help to realize a lot with oneself. Don’t know about you but when I grew up receiving a massage was nothing related to healing. It was more about releasing muscle tension (mostly from too much work/ stress/ sitting) or spending money for some wellness time. So when I discovered thai yoga massage and its healing effect I was really surprised of the impact it had then on my life.

I visited Krishna Takis the first time around 8 years ago at his Sunshine House in Greece. I had heard from him through some acro yoga friends in Germany and I was curious about learning massage techniques anyways. Little did I know that the course I registered for would be more than intense for me – on all levels.

I booked a 10-day-course over New Years and I went to Athens by plane and from there by bus. I was on my own and I felt quite good. I was longing for connection and I remember me looking forward meeting new people.

And indeed I met a lot of new people, to some of whom I have still contact mostly through social media (and meeting them at yogaconferences). But whom I met most and very intensely was myself. To be more exact: I met pieces and fragments of myself I didn’t know they were there. From today’s perspective I would call them my shadow aspects, that were waiting for me getting to know them.

To touch other people and also getting touched by others requires to be very soft and open. It requires to see and be seen on a very deep level. So when I thought I was at the Sunshine House to learn massage techniques only I was totally wrong. I was there foremost to open up, learn to see others more fully and also let myself be seen.



 

We learned that with Takis through meditation, every morning. Through superb freshly cooked food. Through connecting with others by singing together, dancing and having inspirational talks with each other. We would of course learn also a lot of thai massage techniques as well – but to fully know them we had to feel what true connection to others looks like, by experiencing it.

At first I was scared by all those massage-unrelated things we did. I questioned myself if I was really right at that place. But my inner voice, name it intuition or however you want, never doubted. I was fully there for the 10 days and I immersed more and more into the techniques and into the openness.

When I came back to Germany I didn’t want to let this focus of connection go. I offered thai massages for free. First to friends, but then through word of mouth also strangers would call me and ask if I offered massages for free.

In these months I learned so much. I got really good in seeing others, I learned to be more skilled with my thai massage techniques. And most of all: I learned to know a lot more people who lived in my town. Noone would let me leave after the massage without at least a simple present. So I got the best green tea from a guy who worked in a tea shop. I was offered a lot of food, mostly things I didn’t know before. And loads of coffee, of course.

I visited Takis two times more and I am always happy when I see thai massage classes at yogaconferences or a yoga event.

So even if you do not want to specialize in thai yoga massage you learn so much in a workshop or class! Believe me 😉

At the Barcelona Yogaconference there are loooooads of thai massage classes. Plus a Post-Conference with Krishna Takis on Monday.

 

 

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From Self-Destruction to Self-Care: The Power of Yoga

 

During a recent yoga teacher training that I attended, we were asked to journal on the question, ‘how has yoga impacted your life?’

It’s a simple question but a very long answer. It really wasn’t until I started to journal, that I realised just how much yoga has enveloped my whole life, so that now, it is my entire lifestyle and belief system – it is filtered into every aspect of my life and continues to evolve each day.

I have witnessed powerful and profound effects on my physical, mental, energetic and emotional bodies, it has completely changed all aspects of my being and has been, and continues to be, my source of self-healing.

I could write an entire book about how yoga has impacted my everyday life, but here are just 3 ways that yoga has really helped me heal.

From Self-Destruction to Self-Care

Prior to finding a connection to yoga, my mindset would be an uncomfortable and destructive balance of tamastic and rajastic thoughts and behaviour. I had little respect for my physical state, intentionally abusing and toxifying my body and mind, with disregard.

Through the positive effects of yoga, meditation and mindfulness my thoughts, attitude and behaviours towards my physical being have shifted to self-care, love and appreciation.  I prioritise nurturing and cleansing my body, healthy boundaries and fully respecting myself. The consequences of this on an emotional, mental and energetic level have been profound, and it is something that I support and greatly encourage each of my students to focus on, through sharing my simple but powerful techniques and tools for self-care.

 

From Doubt to Trust

Doubt used to be something that was predominant in my daily life. Self-doubt with regards to my decisions, my opinions, my beliefs, my body, my strength. Doubt in others, disbelieving, not trusting the actions, emotions and words of others. Doubt in the universe and the world, leaving me disconnected spiritually, to the natural world and humanity.

The practices of yoga, particularly mediation and spiritual practices, have led me to a place of trust.

Trust that I am here for a purpose. Trust that everything is ok, regardless of my current situation. Trust in other beings. Trust in the universe; and the most importantly, I feel, trust in myself, believing in myself and my abilities, believing I will make the most healthy decisions. Trust in my own beliefs and opinions regardless of others’ and trust in my emotions and intuition – something that prior to yoga, I was completely unaware of.

 

From Pushing to Patience

I used to be one of those yogis who was all about the strong, flexible yoga poses. My yoga practice was purely physical and everything else was just a bonus (or occasionally a hindrance that prevented me from doing more physical poses).

I would push my body far beyond it’s boundaries, ignore the messages that my body would send me and force my body into poses that it just wasn’t ready for – physically or energetically.

After delving into more gentle forms of yoga, a result of injuries due to forcing and pushing, I explored meditation and discovered yoga philosophy. This was life changing for me.

I became more patient with myself. I found a way to be gentle with my body and strong in my mind. The physical practice became a way to access my spiritual practice. Overall, my yoga practice became my lifestyle and believe system.

So, it’s a simple question but a long, insightful answer. “How has yoga impacted your life?”

[Hit the comment box below to let me know]

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3 Steps to Kick-Start Your Dream Yoga Career

Do you ever feel like everyone is a yoga teacher? Everywhere you look, there are yoga classes popping up everywhere but it’s almost impossible for you to get your classes started!?

Or you’ve started your classes but have spent months trying to fill them (or at least get more than 2 regular students)

If you’re feeling like this, don’t worry, I know where you’re at because Ive been there.

When I first launched into the world of yoga, I had grand plans of making this my full-time career, but within weeks, it felt like was an impossibility (how wrong I was though).

I didn’t have any guidance at this time, just motivation and a real passion to share yoga wherever possible. It was that motivation and eagerness, that took me from teaching 4  yoga sessions a week, to becoming a business owner of my own Registered Yoga School, leading trainings, workshops and events in schools, studios, retreat centers and communities across the Globe (in 5 different continents!)

Now, this was my dream and it’s likely that your dream is somewhat different.

Maybe it’s your dream to have you own yoga space or start your own non-profit yoga community or just have more than 2 students coming to your classes!

Whilst that dream may seem too far to reach, I am here to tell you, that it’s closer than you think. I am a huge believer in taking inspired action in order to manifest your goals, dreams and desires.

I know how disheartening it can feel and how difficult it can be sometimes, especially when you don’t have the right support, guidance or mentoring, but here are my top 3 tips for getting your yoga dream, kick-started:

 

  1. Find you Uniqueness

Yes, it does sometimes feel like everyone is a yoga teacher (and everyone else is successful at it, except for you) so it’s essential that you discover, acknowledge and appreciate your uniqueness. What makes you different?

Now, I hear you saying, nothing, I don’t have anything that makes me different from all the other yoga teachers out there – well, that’s just not true.

Are you an educator, therapist, sports coach, health or community worker? Do you have a background in education, health, psychology or philosophy?

Do you have international experience? Have you worked in therapeutic or healing environments? What other qualifications or certifications do you have? What other interests do you have? What is your personal belief system or approach to life?

What is your life experience?

Your individual life experiences are incredibly valuable – its not all about how many yoga certifications you may or may not have.

 

  1. Try it all

When I first started teaching yoga, I reached out to a wide range of settings to try it all out, to discover what I liked and what worked in my community.

I tried one-on-one sessions in therapeutic centers, corporate work places, workshop collaborations with yoga studios, summer camps, yoga festivals, athletics clubs, dance troops and cheer-leading teams….I really tried it all!

Each offered a new and diverse experience, of which led me to becoming the teacher I am today.

 

  1. Get yourself an accountability partner

Doing it all on your own can be tough, especially when you’ve had a difficult session!

An accountability partner can be someone who keeps you on track and motivated. Someone to bounce ideas off, get creative with and turn to for support.

Equally, as an accountability partner, you’re there to support someone else through difficult times, to motivate them and remind them why you do what you do!

I’ve had my awesome accountability partner for over 18-months. We were paired together at a ‘Dreamcatcher Workshop’ in Thailand and it has been beyond valuable for us both.

We check-in with each other every week, sometimes with a quick email or skype chat or even a 2-minute voice message (or if we’re lucky enough to be in the same country, a long, motivational lunch!)

We celebrate in each others successes, support each other through challenges, share creative ideas and interesting finds and most importantly, learn a lot from each other.

So they’re just 3 of my top tips for taking inspired action to manifest your yoga teaching dreams, go out there and do it!

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Cómo crear una práctica diaria de yoga.

Crear consistencia en cualquier tarea no es fácil, requiere compromiso y disciplina, dos palabras que no suelen sonar “demasiado divertidas”. Si a esto le sumamos la dificultad de añadir más actividades en nuestra agenda semanal, poder crear una práctica regular de cualquier disciplina parece imposible.

No es ningún secreto los numerosos beneficios de una práctica de yoga: sensación de bienestar y equilibrio, aumento de la fuerza física y flexibilidad, mayor claridad mental, etc. Estos beneficios se amplifican cuando la práctica se hace consistente. Comenzar una práctica de yoga regular puede sonar como algo bueno, pero ¿cómo dar el primer paso?

NO LE DES MÁS VUELTA, EL MOMENTO ES AHORA

Para crear práctica de yoga sólida, necesitamos hacer espacio de manera consciente, estar abiertos a romper con los viejos hábitos y entusiasmarnos ante la posibilidad de crear otros nuevos. Es muy común ponerse fecha, como  por ejemplo el cambio de estación, el comienzo del año o un cambio importante en la vida, para marcar el comienzo de un nuevo hábito. Si bien esto no tiene nada de malo, si estamos colocando el control sobre factores externos, lo que hace que el comienzo de este nuevo hábito dependa de algo ajeno a nosotros. Considera utilizar tu práctica diaria de yoga para crecer, explorar y crear una nueva intención. Una práctica diaria de yoga es una herramienta poderosa para comenzar o terminar cada día con la excepcionalidad que se merece y no como un día más.

COMBIERTE EL YOGA EN UN HÁBITO

Independientemente de si practicas en casa o en un estudio de Yoga, comprométete a practicar al menos unos saludos al sol y un par de posturas todos los días durante un mes completo hasta que se convierta en una rutina. Si practicas en casa intenta hacerlo siempre a la misma hora y tener un espacio dedicado para tu practica. No tiene por qué ser grande, pero si limpio y despejado donde sea fácil colocar la esterilla. 

Desarrollar una rutina alrededor del yoga hace que continuar con la práctica diaria sea fácil y el simple hecho de practicar unos minutos cada día tendrá un efecto profundo en tu vida, garantizado.

ENCUENTRA UNA PRACTICA QUE FUNCIONA BIEN PARA TI

Tener una serie de posturas o secuencias que disfrutes practicando todos los días te puede ayudar a ver cómo progresas en tu práctica y como estas posturas afectan su bienestar. Algunas personas disfrutan de la práctica de yoga Ashtanga porque se trabaja progresivamente una misma serie todos los días de manera que la practica va avanzando de manera muy orgánica. Otros prefieren fluir con prácticas variadas de vinyasa,  con posturas más restaurativas, o quizá  simplemente practicar algún tipo de meditación sentada.

Sea como sea, prueba distintos estilos para encontrar la práctica que resuena contigo y con la que te quieres comprometer para dedicar un poco de tu tiempo a diario.

PRACTICA YOGA FUERA DE LA ESTERILLA.

Tener una práctica diaria a veces no tiene por que significar tener que hacer una práctica física de asanas.

Hay muchas maneras de integrar el yoga en tu día, donde quiera que estés. Puedes dedicarte unos minutos en una pausa de trabajo para respirar profundamente. Puedes prestar atención plena a las tareas que realizas a lo largo del día, estando más presente en el momento en que las realizas.  A veces, escuchar profundamente o ayudar, a otra persona puede ser tu práctica de yoga. 

Presta atención a cómo practicas yoga fuera de la colchoneta. Tu práctica fuera, es tan importante como dentro.

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