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Yoga Tapas (not tasty like the Spanish kind.)

Yoga Tapas (not tasty like the Spanish kind.)

This is relevant to my last article. Sometimes you have to fall and make mistakes. You can’t baby yourself forever. 

Hip openers have always been uncomfortable from me (shortened hip flexors from years of sitting, tightness from years of running.) Nowadays, it can go both ways – sometimes it’s a relief on my hips, sometimes I feel like my hips feel locked into permanent stiffness. Someday I hope it will be more of the former than the latter.

Body proportions

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While prepping for handstands at Wayne’s class this Monday, I noticed that Gabby has much longer legs than me.

I would like to point out that I am about 2″ taller than her, but my legs were 2″ or so shorter than her. My torso makes up for the height difference.

My torso is also taller than Wayne’s, and he’s probably 4″ taller than me.

Body proportions do affect certain capabilities in yoga – I can touch my toes to my forehead with my legs straight in front of me because of my long torso. Others with shorter torsos may never do it. It doesn’t make them any less flexible than I.

So sometimes there are good excuses as to why we can and cannot do certain things. Don’t beat yourself up.

Loving-Kindness Meditation

In Buddhism, there is the practice of loving-kindness meditation. In lieu of trying to attain the perfect meditation for yourself, you instead focus on positive thoughts towards others and build feelings of friendliness and altruism.

Now, I know thinking positive vibes to the world doesn’t seem like it can do a whole lot. How could wishing happiness for others really make it come true? I’m not wholly sure myself, but I think that people are more motivated by external stimulus. For some people, it’s God and the afterlife. I am not religious, so does this mean I’m screwed? Not quite. For me, I do yoga so that I can focus and be calm. I am normally an erratic, hot-tempered person. I still am. Doesn’t mean that I can’t try to be better. I try to be better so that Fernando (my fiance) can enjoy my happiness. I am trying to be more even tempered because I don’t want me future kids to have to deal with a chaotic environment.

Altruism drives are more motivating. I used to do yoga for myself – because I want to get better at a pose. I want to put my foot over my head. I want to do a handstand. Me me me. Now, I am motivated to try different teachers, different styles and branch out – not because I want to be better for myself, but because I want to be a better teacher.

Does this make sense?

Yoga Weight Loss

I get asked a lot about what yoga to do for weight loss, or what pose to do for weight loss. If only weight loss were as simple as doing a yoga pose!

To be honest, I’m probably not the best person to ask for weight loss tips – I’ve been more or less the same weight for the last 10 years of my life (I haven’t grown in height for 15 years… Heh.) My parents didn’t become overweight until they moved to America and gorged on the American diet… and I am pretty good at (sub-consciously) regulating myself. It’s not like I was born with skinny genes – like I said, my parents gained weight later in life (but my relatives in Asia stayed slim.) I can speculate as to why, but my general belief is that Asians tend to subscribe to the belief that we should eat until we’re 80% full (ba fen bao, for those Mandarin speakers out there.) I know there is also the belief that you should eat everything on your plate. These 2 ideas get along – just don’t stack your plate with more than you can eat.

As for exercise, Americans consciously exercise more than people in any other country I know (based on personal observation – this may not be a fact), but we are still one of the heaviest countries in the world.

It’s not to say exercise is bad, but you have to see everything in a holistic way – every action you make contributes to your current state. One pose isn’t going to save you.

Keeping is Simple

I know this page looks awfully simple – either like it was formatted for a phone or some website made in the 80s. But, my thought behind it was to keep is simple. Keep it zen. It’s a no-frills page with the basic details. No flash, no glitz, no glamour.

Wherein lies the appeal?

Sometimes when I get to a website, I am overwhelmed by the flash intro, the dozens of ads, the hundreds of links. What am I supposed to focus on? What is the point of the webpage?

This page keeps it simple – here I am. This is my schedule. Yes, I can do yoga. Here are some of my thoughts (in a somewhat organized manner.)

Got it? Good.

Self Doubt

Believe it or  not, I am riddled with self-doubt every time I teach. I’ve heard that it never goes away. You are your hardest critic. I always wonder, did they think it was challenging enough or too challenging? Are they relaxed? Did they like the playlist? Fear, doubt, worries, anxiety.

Not really sure how to remedy it.

I guess as long as I try my best, and my intent is good, they will be back. I will teach more terrible classes in the future. But hopefully the students will forgive me, give me another chance, and be blown away by the next.

April Schedule 2012 [Updated 4/12/2012]

Generally, I teach at Yoga Spring Studio Mondays at 5:30PM (Power Flow) and Fridays at noon (Vinyasa Flow).
NEW! Now teaching at Xplore Yoga, Wednesdays from 5-6PM. Come join me for heated power flow!

4/1/2012 10:00AM Sunday          Yoga Spring Studio       Heated Power Flow
4/2/2012 5:30PM Monday           Yoga Spring Studio       Heated Power Flow
4/4/2012 5:00PM Wednesday        Xplore Yoga              Heated Power Flow
4/6/2012 12:00PM Friday          Yoga Spring Studio       Heated Vinyasa Flow
4/9/2012 5:30PM Monday           Yoga Spring Studio       Heated Power Flow
4/11/2012 5:00PM Wednesday       Xplore Yoga              Heated Power Flow
4/11/2012 8:00PM Wednesday       Xplore Yoga              Heated Flow
4/13/2012 12:00PM Friday         Yoga Spring Studio       Heated Vinyasa Flow
4/16/2012 5:30PM Monday          Yoga Spring Studio       Heated Power Flow
4/18/2012 5:00PM Wednesday       Xplore Yoga              Heated Power Flow
4/18/2012 8PM Wednesday          Xplore Yoga              Heated Vinyasa Flow
4/20/2012 7:00AM Friday          Yoga @ Cindy’s           Heated Vinyasa Flow
4/20/2012 12:00PM Friday         Yoga Spring Studio       Heated Vinyasa Flow
4/23/2012 5:30PM Monday          Yoga Spring Studio       Heated Power Flow
4/25/2012 12:00PM Wednesday      Xplore Yoga              Hatha Flow Heated
4/25/2012 5:00PM Wednesday       Xplore Yoga              Heated Power Flow
4/27/2012 12:00PM Friday         Yoga Spring Studio       Heated Vinyasa Flow
4/30/2012 5:30PM Monday          Yoga Spring Studio       Heated Power Flow

Teachers Aren’t Showing Off – They Just Want to Inspire You.

I used to think that some of my teachers were showing off by putting their feet behind their head, doing handstands or some crazy arm balance. At some point, I realized it’s because they want to show that it is humanly possible to do it. Sometimes they push you a little more because they know you’re being complacent in an easier modification.

I definitely know this now because when I try to teach arm balances and inversions, I want the students to TRY and HAVE FUN with something totally crazy. I want them to realize it’s okay to fall on their face, roll over or look totally goofy and stupid in the meantime. I wasn’t born doing Bakasana (crow.) The first time I actually tried it, I held it for 1/10th of a second – and what a glorious 1/10th of a second it was.

Now I feel like I can hold it forever AND I can jump back to chaturonga. 

Just try.

March Schedule 2012 [Updated 3/19/2012]

Generally, I teach at Yoga Spring Studio Mondays at 5:30PM (Power Flow) and Fridays at noon (Vinyasa Flow).

3/3/2012 8:30AM Saturday         Yoga Spring Studio       Heated Vinyasa Flow
3/5/2012 5:30PM Monday           Yoga Spring Studio       Heated Power Flow
3/7/2012 5:30PM Wednesday        Yoga Spring Studio       Heated Power Flow
3/9/2012 12:00PM Friday          Yoga Spring Studio       Heated Vinyasa Flow
3/12/2012 5:30PM Monday          Yoga Spring Studio       Heated Power Flow
3/13/2012 6:00AM Tuesday         Yoga @ Cindy’s           Heated Power Flow
3/16/2012 12:00PM Friday         Yoga Spring Studio       Heated Vinyasa Flow
3/19/2012 5:30PM Monday          Yoga Spring Studio       Heated Power Flow
3/20/2012 6:00AM Tuesday         Yoga @ Cindy's           Heated Power Flow
3/21/2012 7:00PM Wednesday       Yoga Spring Studio       Heated Gentle Flow
3/23/2012 12:00PM Friday         Yoga Spring Studio       Heated Vinyasa Flow
3/26/2012 5:30PM Monday          Yoga Spring Studio       Heated Power Flow
3/28/2012 5:00PM Wednesday       Xplore Yoga              Heated Power Flow
3/30/2012 12:00PM Friday         Yoga Spring Studio       Heated Vinyasa Flow