Home Practice vs. Studio Practice

Home Practice vs. Studio Practice

Like you, I’ve been zooming, logging into different classes, both at Anahata’s wonderful staff of teachers, and all over the country.  It’s wonderful to see different views, how teachers handle live streaming, and a wide variety of classes to choose from.  This has given me a newer perspective on studio vs. home yoga practice.  I have had a home practice, ever since becoming a teacher, but for most yogi’s, this has been a newer concept to practice at home.  Some have had wonderful experiences, and others can’t concentrate when they see the chaos and dust, chores, and other distractions from practicing at home.  I’ve broken down some pro’s and con’s to both, and here they are…….. Studio Practice, or in person Advantages  and Disadvantages There is nothing like community.  A great community brings like minded people together, helps you develop friendships, and just feels better sharing this solo journey that yoga is. Meeting someone in person is often better, and you can discuss any concerns with your teacher before class begins. There is Nothing like a trained expert teacher, who can watch you intently, cue appropriately, to help you avoid injuries.  You can do this online in a live stream class, but often the teacher has a tiny thumb nail size picture of you, which is too difficult to look intently at alignment. The energy of the studio, and energy of a teacher can either bring you out of a funk, lift your spirits, and leave you in a state of bliss, free of stress.  This can be done online, but again, it is very difficult to see everyone,...
Jodi’s Yoga Teacher Training Story

Jodi’s Yoga Teacher Training Story

Jodi Kinasewitz My Yoga Experience (as of April 2020)   “Sometimes life you knocks down… Get up! Get up! Get up! Happiness is not the absence of problems; It’s the ability to deal with them when they come.” (Author Unknown)   The first time I set foot in a yoga studio was June of 2018. I was, to say the least, completely out of my comfort zone. I was, or had up until very recently been, a “doer”, a “mover”, a “live by my to-do list”, “cardio to the core” kind of gal. When yoga had been mentioned or suggested to me by various people in my life over the years, I admittedly rolled my eyes and thought “that is not a work out, and there is no way I can be still on a mat for an hour!” However, rewind to June of 2017, when the person I knew as myself disappeared. Self-sufficient, get it ALL done and get it ALL done with “perfection” and without help Jodi was gone. When I reflect on that time, I realize that I started slipping away in April of that year, but June was when my world came crashing down. I was lost; I was dark; I was scared; I was alone. Even though I, by standards of the outside world’s view, had the perfect life: a faith and trust in God since childhood; a loving husband; four healthy, happy kids; amazing friends; a secure job; great relationships with parents, my brother and other extended family. I had it “all”. Until I didn’t. Over the summer of 2017, what started with...
Turn to LOVE, Turn to YOGA

Turn to LOVE, Turn to YOGA

This was my dinner last night.  You’re probably wondering why I’m showing you a picture of a pear/gorgonzola/walnut salad?   It was a super yummy salad with baby kale, and a stone ground mustard dressing.  Up until recently I LOATHED blue cheese.  How can someone eat cheese that smells like dirty gym socks?  At the top of the foods that I’ve also hated had to be mustard- I couldn’t cook with it, smell it, or be anywhere near it without turning my stomach. Well……yoga practice changes you.  It changes your very DNA.  What you used to hate, yoga/meditation turns to love.   And I’m not just talking about the food you eat.  I’m talking about hate/dislike on a larger scale.  The dislike between republicans and democrats,  or that annoying co-worker who is always bothering you, or somebody of a different religion, even your family members you disagree with.  This is one of the very best reasons to practice yoga, because the whole world needs more LOVE.     No one can get it for you, or buy it, or sell it, only the practice of yoga done over a long time, consistently, and with JOY can bring the very deep sense of LOVE and acceptance that I’m talking about here. It’s funny and ironic.  I started this practice to get a great workout, and to stay injury free in my other pursuits.  Not once, did I think about the practice of yoga turning a very basic level of disliking into Loving.  The practice of yoga tears down your walls that you put up, I think you know what I’m...
Human connection

Human connection

Before yoga, I enjoyed being “off the grid”.  For me, I didn’t want to spend hours trudging through emails, or looking through Facebook, or connecting electronically.  Maybe I was just a little afraid, that if you would really see who I am, you might be repulsed.  I looked ok on the outside, but inside I was a picture of the walking dead.  Often I felt like that.  But, yoga practice changes you. I began to really look forward to seeing my yoga friends, everyday at practice.  I felt like I belonged, even though I couldn’t do many of the things;  I did work towards them.  It felt really good to be a part of a community, that was working towards some of the same goals I wanted in my life, although I didn’t know it at that time.  Health, happiness, and spiritual connection was a big part of what drew me in.  Yoga practice really became a vehicle to carry me to those places, not simply a work out, or a way to finally “achieve” this pose.  I need my yoga community to help me when I felt discouraged, because I knew they were working towards the same goals that I was. I knew this time of isolation would shed many layers for us all, and reveal the goodness and light that we truly are.  That we are not alone.  And, as much as yoga is a self practice, we NEED each other to lean on, and support us.  We need to stay connected, and check on our neighbor, and see my yoga community.  Yoga has dug out that...

Silver Lining

Can you feel this shift?  Things are starting to make sense the more time unravels this pandemic.  I’m sure you are thinking, this is horrible, this is unfair, and so incredibly sad that many are losing their lives, and you are right.  We will never be the same.  But out of every horrible situation there is a silver lining that brings beautiful new ways of doing;  a double rainbow after the torrential downpour and tornedos.  Some of you are already experiencing this.  More compassion for everyone, neighbors and friends checking up on the shut ins in new ways.  This is so good, and a great balm that will come and heal us from the pain we are experiencing now.  Like you, I’ve worked.  I’ve taught yoga the best way I know how, and what I’m seeing now is so beautiful.  Teachers stepping up And leading you virtually.  Words cannot express how wonderful it is to see this yoga community come together;   it reminds us that we are all connected, and we need that connection, like a plant needs water to grow.  Teachers need students, students need teachers…I personally have marveled at our staff, dang, they are great yoga teachers!!!  I want to thank each and every person for keeping their membership active, and literally keeping our virtual doors open.  I promise, I will find some way to make it up to you.  Words cannot express the gratitude that is flowing from my heart…… The silver lining yet brings more silver.  As the days grow into spring and summer, you too, will be growing in new ways.  I think this new shift will change us all.  Maybe this will spur you to go for that job you’ve dreamed of,...

When panic ensues

Just as I gathered my thoughts about what to say regarding the coronavirus, the song, “You need to calm down”, came into my head. Yes, for sure, clients are on social media, watching news and fretting, as I am too. Yet stepping back, and not doing anything is not going to stop the spread of illness. Now more than ever, you need to come to yoga, for a regular physical yoga practice creates a healthy robust immunity that can fight these viruses, and yoga contributes immensely to that, not just through maintenance of physical health through movement and breath, but through reduction of stress, and, I would argue, positive social interaction through a shared social experience (with appropriate boundaries to limit community spread through physical contact) is also quite important for maintaining a robust immune system. Isolation has the opposite effect. But we are taking a stand on spreading anything at the studio, and I would like to ask for your cooperation. Mostly these are common sense things, things as a teacher I do most days…. I want to encourage you to bring your own props, and mat to use for class. The use of bolsters and most props will be for restorative classes only, and they will be properly cleaned and sanitized between uses. Please get into the habit of washing your hands before and after class. Limit touching eyes, nose and mouth during practice. Stay home if you have a fever, or feel something coming on. If you do use a block, we will have spray for you to wipe them down with. For now, as teachers,...
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