For the end of summer this power playlist has extra tech songs with Santigold, London Grammar and ODESZA (my newest, Seattle-born inspiration). I’m off to Pranafest and California until September – in the mean time, enjoy!
The intention: inhabitation.
One of my early teachers joked that yoga is really just making shapes with your body in space; it was only half-joking really. But rather than just making shapes, sometimes the real challenge is in staying present in those shapes in space. This idea inspired my intention for classes recently: what would it mean for your practice (and your life) if you were fully present in each shape, however momentary? Try to really inhabit the postures, not just build the outlines with your body.
This 60-minute-or-so playlist is a powerful, playful and fun mix to keep your mind present in the moment.
Inhabit your yoga, on and off the mat. Enjoy : )
This week my classes are inspired by the meaning behind artistic mandalas. Here is the idea and the music I’m playing with it–who says Macklemore isn’t mindful yoga music?
Mandala (Sanskrit: मण्डल Maṇḍala, ‘circle’) is a spiritual and ritual symbol in Hinduism and Buddhism, representing the Universe. The basic form of most mandalas is a square with four gates containing a circle with a center point. Each gate is in the general shape of a T. Mandalas often exhibit radial balance.
Mandala yoga sequences flow in a circle, building a moving moving meditation in the tradition of mandala art. Like a meditator focuses on the concentric circles and layers of a mandala with the purpose of finding meaning at its centre, we move through the layers (breath, body, mind) and poses of a class. Like the monks that make sand mandalas, the practice is mindful. And in the end, after spinning 360 degree, the hope is that this meditative journey brought you closer to the centre.
Yoga teachers notoriously advise: “set an intention.”
But what shows up on the mat with us is often a heap of little thoughts from outside the studio that swirl around, resisting organisation. At least 1/3 of the practice (mind, body, breath) is harnessing these pieces of intention-material into a cohesive whole.
Sometimes we have a 2-years-and-up puzzle, easily formed, and sometimes it’s a 5,000-piece mind-bending impossibility. More pieces appear along the way, in between trikonasana and koundinyasana, or disappear, moving toward clarity.
So, this week’s class theme: refining an intention is like piecing together a puzzle. Patience, focus, and fun over frustration
A momentum-inspiring playlist meant to keep the new year going strong.
There is a myth in ancient yoga, a storytime idea that is my intention for classes this week:
Yogis used to believe we each had a certain amount of breaths in our lifetime. Somehow we were born with a pre-allotted number of inhales and exhales. Through yoga practice the yogis lengthened out their breaths, creating longer, fuller, more complete lives.
We might not subscribe to this idea any more, but the intention is the same–by being more consciously aware of each breath we become active participants in our own lives, living more fully.
Can you be so aware of tracing each inhale and exhale, so intimately involved with each breath that every moment seems a little longer. What would be different if you only had so many breaths in your life quota?
Enjoy this new yoga playlist for the new year, with intention!
60minute playlist for a powerful yoga flow–dance/twist/asana/breathe it out, and then reset. Warning, starts out steamy : ) Enjoy!
On Spotify too
“Days decrease, And autumn grows, autumn in everything.”
― Robert Browning
Eyes on Fire – Blue Foundation
Tessellate – alt-J
For What It’s Worth – DJ Drez
Oh That I Had – Mt. Eden
I Follow Rivers – Lykke Li
Namah Shivaya – Krishna Das
Paradise – Coldplay
When I’m Small – Phantogram
40 Day Dream – Edwarde Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
Wildheart – Adrian Lux
Finally Moving – Pretty Lights
King and Lionheart – Of Monsters And Men
So This Is Goodbye – William Fitzimmons
Creature Fear – Bon Iver
All of my playlists, plus potential yoga songs and inspirations, are on my Spotify profile
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