Today was the first International Yoga Day! It was a day proposed by the United Nations to celebrate Yoga's origins and its spread around the world. There was an expectation that billions of people around the world would practice yoga. But there is some controversy. According to an article by the Huffington Post there are some in India that want to take back yoga and gain control over its use and teaching. Yes, yoga has changed from its roots within many cultures and religions. But today is meant to be a day of celebration, learning and developing of community.
I found two articles about International Yoga Day each do a good job describing the roots of yoga.
Please share what you did today to celebrate yoga!
Ever felt this way? Wondering if you will be able to get out of a pose? We all like to hold poses as long as the teacher asks, but sometimes it is challenging. It is important to remember that it is your practice and it is ok to ease out of the pose early.
My Thursday night yoga class follows a spin class. One of the members of that class has started to take my yoga class. She has found it helps her stretch out after spinning and yoga compliments spinning well. I went home that night to find an email from Yoga Journal article "Four Yoga Poses for Spinning and Outdoor Cycling." The article has 4 slides of the poses 3 of which we usually do during Thursday night yoga. I mentioned the article to Phil the spinning instructor who mentioned he has a colleague who teaches spinning and yoga. So I did more research and found there are places that teach 1 hour classes. The first half hour is spinning followed by a half hour of yoga in another room. I found an article from the Huffington Post that describes the benefits of combining spinning and yoga. The combination of spinning and yoga gives us a well rounded workout.
One area I would like to research more is how including yoga could prevent injuries from spinning/cycling. On 3/22/14 I blogged about piriformis muscle injuries related to bicycling and using yoga to help... But how could yoga prevent injuries?
The four poses suggested by Yoga Journal are:
Easy Spinal Twist
Supta Eka Pada Rajakapotasana - Reclining One-legged King Pigeon Pose
Setu Bandha Sarvangasana - Bridge pose
Baddha Konasana - bound angle pose (butterfly)
Click on the link below for the slide show for the above poses.
I enjoy yoga as it brings peace to my life. Teaching yoga has brought joy to my life and given me a chance to encourage others in learning yoga.