Life is busy, hard work, and it never seems to slow down....at least that's our experience. Kathy spends her time raising young boys, mentoring our daughter in college in NYC, taking care of the home and garden, teaching yoga several times per week, and of course running Ride the Breath. For my part, I have a full time job as a software sales manager with SAS where I travel out of town at least 1 week per month, help to raise the boys, teach yoga classes, etc.
OK, I’m going to finally take the plunge and write a blog for Ride The
Breath. It’s been a topic of discussion for Kathy and I for a while, but
alas, life’s busy pursuits have always managed to get in the way. Or,
should I just admit that I’ve never made it a priority? We all know the
answer to that one.
I have often heard proponents of the ashtanga yoga method (teachers and
practitioners) say that consistent, dedicated, and mindful practice over
a long period of time produces a body-mind that is strong, balanced,
flexible and light; and this has indeed been the case for me personally.
However, I do believe that the word "light" can be misinterpreted as
only referring to a body that is thin with little to no excess weight.
If you're a regular ashtanga yoga practitioner, or studied with Kathy
and I for any period of time, then you know that the breathing system is
the heart of the practice and our teaching. Non-practitioners have no
idea how difficult it really is to achieve smooth, even, and rhythmic
ujjayi breathing throughout a 90 minute (or longer) practice. The
improvement and refinement of this breathing system is a decades long
endeavor, but there is a specific technique which goes a long way toward
fixing erratic and labored breathing that we routinely observe in our
Today's post is about mindset, namely, approaching your yoga practice
with the "mind of the explorer". As I've said before, at its heart, the
path of yoga is a discipline of mindful and consistent Self inquiry. The
whole point is to seek and consciously integrate deeper and more
refined levels of Self awareness.