Welcome to Yogini yoga blog, "Insights From The Yoga Mat". This blog is born out of the insight or benefit provided by ten plus years of yoga practice. Don't get me wrong, yoga is not some instant miracle, but more like a commitment to walking along the inward path or journey of self discovery.
Aside from some of the obvious physical benefits, it is the inner quiet and awareness that develops over time which comes from connecting within.
With so many types of yoga to choose from, what matters is that you allow yourself to experiment and discover which one makes you feel great. I tried several yoga styles before finding Kundalini Yoga. It worked for me, so 14 years later it's still an integral part of my life. In fact my body and being feels the effects of missing even one week of practice! I guess you could say it's a good addiction.
Here are two poems that encapsulate the feeling one can experience when in a quiet state. One poem is by Rumi and the other, Milarepa.
"Not Christian or Jew or Muslim, not Hindu, Buddhist, sufi, or zen. Not any religion or cultural system. I am not from the East or the West, not out of the ocean or up from the ground, not natural or ethereal, not composed of elements at all.
I do not exist, am not an entity in this world or the next, did not descend from Adam or Eve or any origin story. My place is placeless, a trace of the traceless. Neither body or soul.
I belong to the beloved, have seen the two worlds as one and that one call to and know, first, last, outer, inner, only that breath breathing human being."
Mevlana Rumi (1207 - 1273)
Rest in a natural way like a small child.
Rest like an ocean without waves.
Rest within clarity like a candle flame.
Rest without self-concerns like a human corpse.
Rest unmoving like a mountain.
The videos below are beautiful to watch. The first video is a Yin Yoga class by the "Boho Beautiful" Channel given in Costa Rica. It's cool to check out different yoga practices.
To learn more about Yin Yoga, visit http://www.bohobeautiful.life and read what they say about this yin yoga class.
"This Yin Yoga Flow class is going to give you that relaxing deep stretch your body has been craving for. Focusing on fusing Vinyasa based flow (Yang) with slow and tension releasing postures (Yin), this class is great to do in morning as well as anytime during the day as we focus on first warming up the body with a flow, and then taking it into a deep release by holding each Yin pose for 2 minutes.
Remember, breathing is a very important factor in any Yin Yoga class so through out this entire practice make sure you're taking deep breaths in and long slow exhales out. Bring oxygen to your muscles, organs, and mind. Re-energize your nervous system, let go of stress and tension, and become fully present in each moment of each posture as you let go of the past with each exhale you make.
What is Yin Yoga?
Yin Yoga is a style of yoga practice that targets the connective tissues, such as the ligaments, bones, and even the joints of the body that normally are not exercised very much in a more active style of asana practice.
Suitable for almost all levels, Yin Yoga is a perfect complement to the dynamic and muscular (yang) styles of yoga that emphasize internal heat, and the lengthening and contracting of our muscles. Yin Yoga generally targets the connective tissues of the hips, pelvis, and lower spine.
Each posture in Yin Yoga is usually held up to 5 min or so. However, if you're very new to this I recommend you start with the 1-2 min holds until you feel more confident in your posture. If you're more of an advanced yogi then feel free to pause the video and hold each pose longer.
Yin Yoga has many amazing benefits but below are some of the key benefits you may begin to feel after a regular yin practice:
-Stillness: calms and balances the mind and body
-Stress and anxiety reduction
Enjoy and let go of all that no longer serves you,
Juliana & Mark
Below is another beautiful yoga set.
There's something magical about doing yoga by the ocean.