I have posted a few times on my Facebook page, “Ahhhh – yoga, pranayama & meditation. A wonderful way to start the day”.

I truly mean this!  Last week when I was teaching my yoga class, I talked about this as well to my students.  I have noticed that every time I follow the sequence of yoga, pranayama & meditation, I DO have a nice / better / great day. Read More

The Guru of the Guru

Last week when I taught my Friday morning class, I continued to teach for the upcoming Kapha season.  I incorporate Ayurveda into my class every week, giving suggestions about how to balance yourself with Dinacharya (daily routines) and Ritucharya (seasonal routines).   Read More

Creating a yoga sequence for a class I plan to teach always comes to me in the early morning.  I’m an early riser and those dark early mornings seem to be my most creative time (just in case you didn’t know, early morning is vata time of day – and vata equals creativity!). Read More

When the seasons change, we need to make changes to ourselves to stay in balance.   Kapha season is arriving soon and this means you should make changes to your diet and lifestyle as well as changes in the way you practice yoga.  Check out the blog I wrote about Kapha season in Ayurveda. Read More

There’s a little confusion in the world of Ayurveda about when the seasons change (called Ritucharya) but I think I can burn up the fog on this issue. Read More

When you think about chair yoga, do you picture in your mind weak people who have limited movement?  Have you had thoughts that maybe those who practice yoga asana using a chair are lazy and just want to say they “do” yoga? Read More

Last week in my blog a wrote about being sidetracked with a low back injury and how I had to relax with restorative poses.  This week, I was reading my homework assignment, chapter 5 and there was a great article by Judith Lasater called Out of Joint.  This article was about the Sacroiliac Joint and how it can cause lower back pain. Read More

Wow! How incredible that the U.S. is part of this expansion to help educate and help people to heal themselves through this wonderful gift!

Vedika Global Blog

PSS_3029 (438x640) (2)By Vedika Global Ayurveda Clinical Specialist Shaaranya Geetanjali Chakraborty

Mahatma Gandhi believed that for an education to be worthwhile, knowledge must unite with practice. A cause for great celebration, not just for our graduating group of Ayurveda doctors, but for all students of Vedika Global, is that we have embodied this ideal through our curriculum. We are grateful to our teachers for their heroism in adopting such an approach, when it would have been all too easy to take a shortcut of adopting either knowledge or practice. 

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When you’re sidelined with an injury, waiting for that injury to heal can take a tremendous amount of patience.  For an active yogini, not being able to practice asana is a real challenge, especially when you know how a yoga practice calms you!  I find that my practice of asana brings me peace and tranquility.  It’s quite a spiritual thing and I’ve recently been side tracked with a low back issue so my challenge is to find spirituality in other kinds of practice. Read More

Rectus Abdominis Muscle!  That’s my focus this past week, not only when I practice, but when I teach too.  I pick this as the energetic idea to focus on this week because it’s a real trouble spot for me.  I also choose to focus on this area because it’s Vata season and Vata resides in the large intestine and by working the rectus abdominis, you’re also working the large intestine.

As much as I like having a plan, life offers up lessons sometimes which requires us alter those plans.  For more than a week now, I notice that my mid and lower back is becoming tighter and tighter.  The more I try to twist, the tighter it gets.  It’s so frustrating as a yoga teacher that I have had so many injuries and I’m supposed to know what I’m doing.  How is it that I experience so many injuries??

Virabradrasana I

As the week progresses, I turn to restorative poses.  Sometimes it’s hard to have the patience for a 30 minute restorative practice, but this week I am fine with it.  In fact, the more I think about it, the more I NEED restoratives!  By the way, you don’t work your rectus abdominis muscle or any muscle while you’re doing restoratives!  Here’s an idea, maybe I should add a restorative sequence to my home practice every week.  Hmmmmm…

The next thing I do is to take a day off.  A day off from yoga and a day off from my power walk – at the same time – unheard of!  But sometimes, you just have to take care of yourself. I focus on my other job and that’s enough to keep me sidetracked for the day.

Next, thinking maybe, just maybe, I’ve given myself enough time to prepare.  I start to plan my sequence for my Friday class.  I’m using last week’s idea because no one showed up to my class so why start over?  The day before I teach, I get a chance to go through the practice myself.  I modify the sequence as I go along making it flow a little better.  I want to make sure I don’t bore my students with the same sequence I’ve done before.  It’s a funny thing, whether you’re teaching or presenting to a group of people, no one but you really knows what you’re supposed to say.  Think about being a bride, and during the wedding, there are a few things that don’t go according to plans.  Nobody knows but you.  The guests don’t have a clue.  It’s the same for your students.  They don’t know if you change-up your plans as you go along, and let’s face it, it’s good to get a little creative while you teach. It’s important to have a sequence planned, even if you don’t exactly follow it and letting go of the idea that you MUST stay on task is a good thing!  Your students don’t really notice if this is a sequence you have taught before, unless you teach something over and over, they will definitely figure that out, so don’t get lazy.  Your students deserve more!

Speaking of plans, here’s my idea.  Teaching the sequence and incorporating the Rectus Abdominis Muscles in all of the poses.  The sequence includes primarily hip openers, and twists.  Twists are great for the Vata season. and the hips are what we’ve been focusing on in teacher training, so with that fresh knowledge I go forward.  I love, love, love to teach with props and this week, it’s chairs.  Since I was using chairs, I incorporated an idea from Sandy Carmellini’s class, Virabhadrasana I with a chair.  The front leg up on the chair, arms overhead and engage the rectus abdominis muscles and as you lean into the pose with a chair, you can really work the psoas muscle as well.

The beautiful anatomy of the abdominal wall

The beautiful anatomy of the abdominal wall

Friday arrives and I start by showing my students a picture from my anatomy book of the Rectus Abdominis Muscle.  I explain that this muscle is considered one muscle but separated by the Tendinous Intersection.  As I teach the sequence, I remind students to incorporate the rectus abdominis muscle in each asana.  Usually I instruct the students to pull the naval back toward the spine, but focusing on the long abdominal muscles is different from just the naval area.

The practice is really about being mindful in the practice, and being mindful of whatever you are doing.  And maybe, just maybe I could avoid injuries if I were more mindful?  Just a thought. And oh by the way, I went to see my chiropractor right after class!