What is Yoga?

Yoga means “to join or yoke together,” and it brings the body and mind together into one harmonious experience. Yoga dates back more than 5,000 years. There are two basic schools of yoga in the West: yoga of action and yoga of patience. Both schools are great, serve different people, serve us at different times of day and at different times in our lives. 

  • The yoga of action school is about movement and creating internal heat. It uses a more physically challenging practice with faster movements, or heat, to focus the mind.
  • The yoga of patience school is a different kind of practice in that you must sit with your active mind. The mind, body, spirit connection occurs through deeper inward focus. This practice is often slower with longer holds. It can be restorative in nature offering a respite of solitude and inward focus.   

Both schools of yoga have in common that they connect your breath to your movement. An action yoga class will be mindful and a patience yoga class will have physical challenge. They are simply two different approaches to the same end goal. Most of the Galiji practices will be yoga of patience.

Videos

50 min gentle yoga practice

30 min lyaing yoga practice

25 min gentle cat-cow based yoga practice

13 min everyday items to substitute for yoga props 

15 min kneeling balancing yoga practice

15 min kneeling balancing yoga practice

10 min sun salutation yoga practice

15 min warrior yoga practice

 

Here are a few basics about yoga if you are interested in giving it a try:

 

  • Flexibility is an outcome of yoga, not a prerequisite.  Translation:  You do not have to be flexible to do yoga.  If you can breathe, you can do yoga.
  • Yoga is not a competitive sport.  It is not about who can do the best pose, be the most mindful, be the most flexible, or have the best mat or clothes.  This is meant to be an individual practice.  Certainly you will find people that try to make yoga a competition, but they are involved in an athletic stretching and strengthening practice on a mat, this is not yoga.  As my yoga teacher says "A gold star is not going to pop out of your butt if you are the 'best' at something."
  • Not all yoga classes or teachers are the same.  Even if the class has the same name, it depends on the teacher.  Bikram and Ashtanga will be the most similar from class to class and teacher to teacher.
  • Yoga should NEVER be painful.  You may reach the edge of your discomfort, but at no time should yoga ever hurt you. 
  • Think of your yoga practice as a marathon, not a sprint.  Accept where you are today and recognize that every day will be different.  Over time, you will notice changes but they will not happen overnight.
  • Every body is different and may or may not be able to do certain yoga poses.  A few of the factors that play into the ability to perform some poses include:  arm, leg, or torso length, ligament and tendon movement, previous injuries, height, size of belly or breasts, current flexibility, current strength, medicines, etc.
  • Find a teacher you connect with, that speaks to your inner person.  You would not continue to go to a doctor or any other person offering guidance if you did not like them or trust them.  If you do not like your first teacher, the first place you tried it, the first style you tried, try again.  If you are truly open to the experience, there is a yoga out there for every body.
  • I believe the greatest gift you can give your yoga teacher is to honor your own body.  It is a personal practice led by an teacher and you are the only one experiencing what is happening in your body.  They do not have the same body as you, nor does any other person in the world.  If it doesn't feel right to you, don't do it - even if the teacher is standing right next to you trying to help you.  Politely say that this doesn't feel right to me. 
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