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World’s First “Chopra Yoga Center” Opens In Vancouver

World’s First “Chopra Yoga Center” Opens In Vancouver

World’s First “Chopra Yoga Center” opens in Vancouver, BC, Canada – International chain of studios to offer yoga teachings inspired by Deepak Chopra, M.D.

Vancouver, BC (January 10, 2012) – Deepak Chopra, M.D. today announced the launch of the world’s first Chopra Yoga Center in Vancouver, Canada. The custom-designed 8,000-square-foot wellness studio is the first in a planned series of yoga centers that will be rooted in foundational teachings developed by mind-body healing pioneers Deepak Chopra, M.D. and David Simon, M.D.“We’re excited to bring Chopra Yoga to Vancouver, a city that is emerging as a world class center for yoga,” said Dr. Chopra. “In our beautiful new studios, both beginners and advanced yogis will have an opportunity to explore the deepest principles of yoga and conscious living.”

The Chopra Yoga Center offers a wide variety of classes that range from meditation, hot hatha, and power vinyasa to Cho fit, Yoga Barre, and Pilates. There are also classes that focus specifically on the Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga – a practice developed by Dr. Chopra and Dr. Simon. The studio’s philosophy is inspired by the principles in Dr. Chopra’s best-selling book, The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success and emphasizes the benefits of yoga for physical health, spiritual awakening, and inner calm and balance.

“In our modern electronic culture, so many people feel fragmented and overwhelmed with stress,” said Dr. Simon. “Our intention with Chopra Yoga is to help as many people as possible experience the balance, calm, and vitality that yoga naturally cultivates.”

The Chopra Yoga Center, located at 451 Granville Street, in Vancouver B.C., is now accepting new members. The programs are designed for both new and experienced yoga practitioners. Recognizing the importance of community, five per cent of all profits are donated to local charities. For more information, please visit www.choprayoga.com

About the Chopra Yoga Center

The Chopra Yoga Center is a full-service yoga, health, and wellness studio. Our approach integrates the timeless principles of Deepak Chopra’s “Seven Spiritual Laws of Success to any yoga style. Choose from a wide variety of yoga, Pilates, dance, and meditation classes in our custom-designed 8,000-square-foot studio in downtown Vancouver, BC. Learn more at www.choprayoga.com.

About the Chopra Center for Wellbeing

The Chopra Center for Wellbeing was founded by Deepak Chopra, M.D. and David Simon, M.D. in 1996. Located in Carlsbad, California, the Center offers a wide variety of programs, retreats, and teacher training programs that integrate the healing arts of the East with the best in modern Western medicine. The Chopra Center has helped millions of people around the world find peace of mind, physical balance, and emotional healing. The website www.chopra.com is your starting point on the path to wellness.

Yoga Can Wreck Your Body?

Yoga Can Wreck Your Body?

According to a recent New York Times article, yoga can wreck your body:

…for many people, a number of commonly taught yoga poses are inherently risky. The first reports of yoga injuries appeared decades ago, published in some of the world’s most respected journals — among them, Neurology, The British Medical Journal and The Journal of the American Medical Association. The problems ranged from relatively mild injuries to permanent disabilities […]

Read the complete article here, and let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

Vancouver Yoga Review Author Featured On The Georgia Straight!

Vancouver Yoga Review Author Featured On The Georgia Straight!

Vancouver Yoga Review author, Sarah Jamieson, is currently featured on the cover of the Georgia Straight magazine. This inspiring yoga teacher and movement coach is running for the world to raise money for charity:

Nearly a decade ago, the North Vancouver native made it her goal to raise $1 million for charity by the time she hit 35, a venture she’s dubbed Run for a Cause. Now 32, she’s raised almost $800,000, logging thousands of kilometres running at home and abroad to support organizations such as the Canadian Mental Health Association, the Vancouver Police Foundation, and Engineers Without Borders, among many others […]

Read the full article here or pick up a print copy. Congrats Sarah!

“Beyond Addiction: The Possible Self”: An event with Dr. Gabor Maté

“Beyond Addiction: The Possible Self”: An event with Dr. Gabor Maté

Source: banyen.com/events.htm

On Monday, Jan 9 at 7pm, Banyen Books is hosting “Beyond Addiction: The Possible Self,” a public talk and book signing with Dr. Gabor Maté! This is going to be an exciting event!

Dr Maté is a Vancouver physician, author and public speaker who specializes in the study and treatment of addiction and mind/body health. He has authored the best-selling In the Realm of the Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction, Hold on to Your Kids, When the Body Says No and Scattered Minds: A New Look at the Origins and Healing of Attention Deficit Disorder.  Full event details can be found on the Banyen Books website. The talk will cover:

Addictions of all kinds consume us, and take us away from our true nature. We are only free and independent when we release all identifications from the past that have coalesced to form a false identity. Dr Maté, author of In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts will discuss the mindset and practices required to support a commitment to our authentic self. A great way to begin the new year!

Dr Maté will be joined by Sat Dharam Kaur ND, creator of Beyond Addiction: The Yogic Path to Recovery; Satwinder Kaur, program graduate and Julia Wilson, yoga researcher. Sat Dharam Kaur

Sat Dharam Kaur ND is an award-winning naturopathic doctor who has been practicing and teaching Kundalini Yoga for 35 years. She is the author of The Complete Natural Medicine Guide to Women’s Health and The Complete Natural Medicine Guide to Breast Cancer and is completing a book that addresses yogic and naturopathic treatment of addiction.

Julia Wilson has been workingJulia Wilsonwithin the addictions field since 2006. She is currently an addictions counselor with experience in group and individual therapy as well as workshops and lecture style education sessions. Julia has worked as a primary researcher on projects in Vancouver’s downtown eastside in collaboration with Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users (VANDU) and W2 Community Media Arts. Julia is also a Yoga Alliance registered yoga teacher and teaches at various yoga studios and addiction treatment centers throughout Greater Vancouver.

Satwinder Kaur lives in Satwinder KaurVancouver, and is a certified Kundalini Yoga teacher who completed the Beyond Addiction program in Toronto in 2011. She currently leads workshops and teaches the program, and is motivated to help create a healing space in Vancouver for people to recover from addiction.

The event will take place on Mon, Jan 9 at 7pm at the Unitarian Church (949 W49 Ave, Vancouver). Tickets are $11 (available for purchase through Banyen Books either by phone or in person, 604-737-8858).

The 12 Days of “Sustainable” Christmas

The 12 Days of “Sustainable” Christmas

The spirit of Christmas Giving, comes from opening your heart and lending a hand. The holiday season is a simple holiday for most, but for some it can feel foreboding. It is a time of giving, but for many families this simplicity is overshadowed by the consuming side of Christmas.

The Grinch said it best…

“And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled ’till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more. “
– Dr. Seuss

Therefore, this holiday season “Spread a Little Cheer, for All to Hear” and give back to your community and to others, share your love of the holidays.  Free hug, a warm smile, a simple hand shake and hello, can go further then you think.

Taking that extra step and donating your monetary gift of hard work or spare a little time to work with those who may not be as fortunate and offer them the gift of empowerment. It gives families and communities the power to improve their own lives.

Sticking with the spirit of the holidays I have chosen to illuminate some of my own personal experiences around the holidays, as well as Vancouver’s amazing gift giving options with a favorite song, “The 12 Days of Christmas;” which was first published inEngland in 1780.

12 Days of Christmas Gift Giving …

“On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me…

Upstanding values from the family tree

On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me…

2 open arms ~ (for free hugs)

And upstanding values from the family tree

On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me…

3 “Adopt a Project” – (Vancouver Police Foundation PALs, Hope in Shadows, Portland House Society )

2 open arms

And upstanding values from the family tree

On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me…

4 Sponsored Families ~ (Presents of Peace – YWCA)

3 “Adopt a Project”

2 Open arms

And upstanding values from the family tree

On the fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me…

5 Golden Reasons (Compassion, respect, community, integrity, accountability)

4 Sponsored Families

3 “Adopt a Project”

2 Open arms

And upstanding values from the family tree

~~~~ (keeping with the theme of the song, but shortening the scrolling feed, here are the full list of the 12 days of Christmas)

On the 12th day of Christmas my true love gave to me…

12 months of Photos ~ (buy your 2012 Hope in Shadows Calendar today)

11 Pals-a-Paling ~ ($400 raised for the Vancouver Police Foundation and VPD PALs Program)

10 Co-ops –a Coping ~ (Vision Vancouver’s low cost housing strategy for 2015 supported)

9 (99%) Occupy local markets  ~  (buy local, support fair trade consumerism)

8 Happy Jigs a Jiggin rather then rioting ~ (perform 30secs of your happy dance….mine is the Snoopy dance) 

7 dwarfs –a- ELfing ~ (Operation Elf Team 2011)

6 Cows-a -Mooing ~ (sponsored herds for small enterprise and empowerment through international development agencies like CARE Canada and Free the Children)

5 Golden Reasons ~ (Compassion, respect, community, integrity, accountability)

4 Sponsored Families ~ (Presents of Peace – YWCA)

3 “Adopt a Project” ~ (Vancouver Police Foundation PALs, Hope in Shadows, Portland House Society )

2 Open arms

And upstanding values from the family tree.”

~~~~~

I hope you all enjoyed this witty banter and I wish you all a very merry and happy Christmas holiday season.

“OM” FOR THE HOLIDAYS

“OM” FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Celebrate this holiday season, and bring well-being”om” for the holidays.

For many, the festive season is the perfect time to escape on a rejuvenating yoga retreat – either at home, or somewhere a little more warm! The dark, cold Winter months can test our bodies and minds – yet there’s plenty we can do to bolster our immune system and maximize the chance of staying healthy. As well as, maintaining a committed yoga practice, there are many ways to help yourself get through the Winter months with body and soul intact The yoga philosophy tells us, resisting something – in this case, the Winter – we have no control over only brings us pain (ahimsa).

So why not actively embrace the coming Winter – accepting the ups and downs of this Season, and opening up to its possibilities, rather than closing up against it? For some it can be a hard time to find the time, with all the hustle and bustle and swirl of commercial and social pressures. Around the holidays, you can find a heap full of stocking fun filled Yoga karma classes around town!  Sometimes, giving the gift of community and investing in a community charity project, can help remind you (and others) the meaning behind Christmas. And it’s a great way to stay in touch with your inner “santa’s little helper” and stay healthy!

Apart for yoga and community giviing, here are some tips to stay healthy and keep your well-being from getting frosty this Winter:

  • Favor a warm, nourishing diet. As human’s we’re designed to eat more in Winter, adding a few pounds without guilt! However, it must be the right types of foods to nurture whilst minimizing congestion and maximizing our immune systems. Rice, barley, rye, healthy oils (ghee, coconut, linseed, avocado, hemp, olive), and seasonal root vegetables in soups and stews are all recommended.
  • Fancy a glass of organic Merlot? The good news is that Ayurveda suggest an occasional glass of warming wine may be beneficial in Winter. You can make a warming wine punch with added cinnamon, cardamom, clove, ginger, fennel, cumin, coriander, nutmeg and black pepper.
  • Saunas, steam rooms, hot yoga and massage are key to staying warm in the winter months. Ground yourself with a massage with a warm sesame oil or olive oil followed by a warm shower/ bath to prevent feelings of coldness, and stiff, aching joints.
  • It’s a good idea to be up by 7am latest and to do some vigorous exercise to get the lymph system moving  towards preventing congestion.  Sun salutations and modified vinyasa flows are ideal as they build up heat and work all the major muscles. Add in corrective movement and you have a reciepe for endured holiday merriment!
  • Herbal help: Chyvanaprash can be taken daily to strengthen the lungs and boost the immune system. For recurrent colds, take Trikatu made of ginger, black pepper and long pepper, which dry up mucous and clear channels. It is traditionally taken with raw honey. Turmeric is a natural antibiotic for all respiratory tract infections. Boil half a cup of water with 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric, add a little milk then use as a gargle. Chew a clove a day to keep infections at bay. Raw honey (such as from your local farmers market) is also excellent for clearing mucous as its heating, drying and channel clearing. However make sure to never heat honey; Ayurveda considers this makes it toxic.
  • Every year in just about every town, unique individuals come out of the philanthropic wood word and embody the message of the holidays, by creating their own traditions—whether that means giving back to their community, reversing the swirl of over-consumption, reaching out to those overwhelmed with suffering, or celebrating the gifts of life and love.

Whatever your holiday routine is, remember to take time out to celebrate yourself and your health!

Vancouver Yoga Deals This Christmas

Vancouver Yoga Deals This Christmas

Source: http://www.myembodiment.com/tag/adoptee/

At the request of one reader last week, I attempted to furnish a list of Christmas Yoga Deals in the Vancouver area.  I say “attempted” because I didn’t have a lot of luck. Slim pickings! If you know of any others I can add to this (somewhat paltry) list, reply in the comments section below and I’ll keep it updated!

Vancouver Downtown:

None found! Gasp!

Kits/Point Grey:

Yogacara Studios (http://www.yogacarastudios.com/) – Monthly memberships for $89 (conditions apply, see website).

Broadway:

Open Door Yoga (www.opendooryoga.bc.ca) – In the month of December, start a membership (12/18 months) and receive a $50 gift certificate to give away! You get a $50 gift certificate for every 3 month pre-payment that you make.

Yoga on 7th (http://www.yogaon7th.com/)– Buy specialty gift cards for your loved ones! Yoga Gift Cards ($15; 4 class card for $60; 12 Class Card for $189). Gong meditation ($15) and Body  Rolling ($25) gift certificates also available.

Prana Yoga College (http://www.pranayogacollege.com/) – Online store has yoga resources (books, CDs, DVDs) on sale!

 

 

Judith Hanson Lasater Is Coming To Vancouver!

Judith Hanson Lasater Is Coming To Vancouver!

SoulSpring Wellness is very excited and honoured to welcome Judith Hanson Lasater to Vancouver BC in February 2012!

This internationally renowned yoga teacher, yoga therapist and physiotherapist of over 30 years will be in Vancouver on February 3 & 4, 2012 for a workshop on the Sacral-iliac Joint and Lumbar Spine in Asana. This training is ideal for yoga teachers and serious students wanting to better understand how to work with and move with pelvis and spine in asana.

The Sacroiliac Joint and Lumbar Spine in Asana with Judith Hanson Lasater:
Many practitioners of yoga, both novice and teacher alike, have had problems with their lower back and/or sacroiliac joint. What poses can make this area better? Worse? These two days for teachers and serious students will include anatomy, movement principles, therapeutics and applied asana practice to help us all teach with more knowledge and compassion. Come prepared to learn new principles, see them applied to others and feel them in your own body so they will become a part of your teaching.

Email christina(at)soulspringwellness.ca, call 604-649-8522, or click here for more information.

www.soulspringwellness.ca

 

 

 

Getting to the “Core” of POSTURE: What’s in your “TRUNK”?

Getting to the “Core” of POSTURE: What’s in your “TRUNK”?

The root of many common limitations and injuries in yoga (sore backs, shoulders, hips, etc) often come from a lack of awareness and ability to properly engage trunk muscles and the stabilizing muscles associated with breath; which regulate intra abdominal pressure thereby leaving the joints and spine unsupported and vulnerable. You will notice that in this first sentence I have used the word “trunk” instead of core. The word core, in the fitness industry usually sends both professionals and fitness go’ers in the direction of understanding to merely include the abdominals groups (inner and outer unit etc); whereas, the word trunk brings to mind not only the core group of abdominals and pelvic stabilization muscles, but the postural muscles of the spine, serratus group associated with breath and muscle that connect the shoulders to the hips, and fascial lines. As well as, from a strength and conditioning standpoint, your trunk is your powerhouse, it’s the epicenter of  reactionary movement and control.

The various syndromes we have looked at have targeted either the shoulder girdle or the pelvic girdle, as separate syndromes so that we could portray the articulation and understanding of each classified group of breakdowns. In this article we integrate the two by showcasing the postural integration of the trunk and associated movement patterns.

One key component of movement incompetency and structural breakdowns is asymmetry. As we know the importance of identifying asymmetry and movement in competency is to avoid building stability over poor mobility. Movement incompetency may demonstrate altered motor control, a neurodevelopmental component, or regional interdependence.

When we exercise or increase mobility to an already dysfunctional joint, this creates greater dysfunction resulting in a poor outcome to treatment and possible further injury.

What’s in your trunk, and how do you screen for instability?

In the FMS screen (as mentioned previously) is a diagnostic tool for health professionals and coaches to use to screen 7 common movement patterns.  The Trunk Stability Push Up demonstrates pain, global muscle weakness, hyperextension of the lumbar spine, and “winging of the scapula”. Positive findings can indicate weak or inhibited core pelvic, and postural stabilizers including a lack of symmetrical trunk stability.

The first signs of most postural and muscular imbalance usually develop in the patient’s static pelvic positioning in tandasana (mountain pose), best while in the focus of the breath.

As in the LCS an anterior tilting of the pelvis suggests shortening of the hip flexors (iliopsoas, rectus femoris and tensor fascia lata) and/or the lumbar spinal extensors. The Posterior tilting of the pelvis suggests tightness of the hamstrings, and a lateral pelvic shifts suggests unilateral shortening of the hip adductors. Thus including weakness of the lateral pelvic stabilizers or leg length inequality; which could also be associated with lumbar motion segment pathology.

Secondarily, observing the general postural attitude, the quality of the lumbar spine lordosis and the symmetry of body landmarks and muscular contours we then can move upward and compare the quality of the spinal extensors, postural muscles in the lumbar and thoracolumbar region bilaterally. Still heading north to the shoulders and carriage of the head. Most often we have touched on rounded shoulders, and weakness in the posterior body, with concurrent tightness in the anterior body.

Predominance of the thoracolumbar musculature could suggest overactivation in gait, poor stabilization of the lumbar spine and is associated with a weak gluteus maximus, especially if you are teaching a room full of runners and cyclists in yoga.

One other focal point to compare is thoracic mobility through motion segmentation. The rib pull or arm stack variation (modified of the “T” rotation in Yoga) will indicate limitations on right and left sides, which then can lead into postural observation in the anterior body, take a peek at the abdominal wall, breathing pattern in a variation of abdominal breathing patterns standing, supine and prone. The role of the abdominal wall and what Tom Meyers calls the “Four Pillars” (for more information please revert back to my “breath for inspiration” article earlier this year) whose role in stabilization and protection of the spine is crucial.

How can we start to integrate better movement, stabilization and connection with our trunk, shoulder and hips?

Best place to start is to understand what it means to re-pattern and “clean up” asymmetries.

1. Muscle function is movement-pattern specific. Isolation does not necessarily improve integrated movement; which is why we “re-train” movement’s not specific muscle. In a stressful (i.e. survival or threatened) environment/situation, the body will always sacrifice movement quality for movement quantity. Our fascia is connected to our ANS which functions on fight or flight for protection of our body.

2. Remember that we must train the CNS (central nervous system): The brain many times, will create a mobility problem, because it’s the only option left. Movements require the communication of our CNS, the governing body which transfers impulses and motor recruitment to primitive memory banks!

3. Motor Control is key! The timing of the stabilizers with the mover muscles is the key to healthy movement quality.  Soft-core/Reactive Core (RC)/low-threshold strategy– this involves the deeper “stabilizer” muscles (aka “Inner Unit or 4 pillars) including TVA, respiratory diaphragm, pelvic diaphragm, pelvic floor, multifidus. Gray cook  calls this “tapping the breaks.”

Next, it’s easy to modify traditional Yoga postures in your class or session format. Keeping in mind you need to identify whether there is a mobility or stability breakdown in movement.

FMS integrated Yoga: Yin, Hatha & Vinyasa Focused:

  • Mobility: T-Spine Rob Pulls and Arm Stack Variations.
  • Mobility/Stability: Modified Vinyasa All fours to Plank to Downward Facing Dog with Arm Reach (Sun Salutation Series)
  • Mobility: Modified wide leg upward facing dog with transverse anterior opening sequence (Sun Salutation Series)
  • Stability: Bridge Single Leg Lock with Posterior/Pelvic Stability
  • Stability: Modified Side Plank Variations and Kneeling Side Angle to Gate Pose variations.
  • Stability: Quadruped Stability Ball Rock with Arm Raise

Next week we will dive further into posture,  structural joint integrity and once again re visit the power behind our breath. Namaste!

Give The Gift Of Yoga: Passport To Prana

Looking for the perfect holiday surprise for the person who has everything? How about giving the best yoga your city has to offer with Passport to Prana, the original multi-studio yoga pass? Spread the cheer and goodwill over a full year of classes–that’s right, the Passport to Prana is now good for a full twelve months from the date of activation–ranging from slow and restorative to fast and fiery. Perfect for both couch potatoes and yoga buffs, alike, Passport to Prana is the perfect treat to tuck into your loved ones’ stockings this year. Order by Dec 15th to receive your Passport in time for the holidays.

Here are top 5 reasons for giving the gift of yoga this holiday season:

1. Passport to Prana makes a great stocking stuffer.

2. Share the amazing benefits of yoga: increased calm, better sleep, overall improvements in strength and flexibility–need we say more?

3. Workout without breaking the bank. Passport to Prana offers you months and months of yoga for a fraction of the cost of joining a gym.

4. Meet the neighbours. Passport to Prana gives you ample incentive to get off the couch and into different neighbourhoods. See what your city has to offer.

5. Show someone you care. Introduce a loved one to a practice that will improve their quality of life for years to come. Now that’s a real gift!

Visit www.passporttoprana.com and use the following promotional code to receive 10% off (offer expires December 15th, 2011) your next online Passport to Prana purchase site wide: HAPPYHOLIDAYS           

Christmas Yoga Deals In The Lower Mainland!

Source: http://www.vayushayoga.com/

Not sure about you, but I have a few friends and family members who might be interested in yoga, if it was free. Christmas is the perfect time to give them the gift of YOGA! Not from the Vancouver area? Want some deals in the burbs?

In the interest of helping you help your suburban potential yogi, here are a few yoga deals happening in the Lower Mainland:

Langley:

Hari Om Yoga (http://www.hariomyoga.com/) – Buy a 5 Class Card for $50! On sale now until Dec 24, this is a very reasonably priced gift for that potential yogi. All cards expire on Feb 28
(only one card can be used per person, although one person can multiples as gifts).

Bikram Yoga Langley (http://www.bikramyogalangley.com/) – Karma promo ends tomorrow!  KARMA classes! Bring a non-perishable or monetary donation with you to class. Anyone making a
donation will receive 20% off packages and memberships!

White Rock:

Live Yoga (http://www.liveyoga.ca/)– With every gift certificate of $25 or more purchased before Christmas, receive a free class! The class can be used yourself, or given away as a stocking stuffer!  Live Yoga is also hosting a Holiday Karma Yoga Class on Dec 11 from 1pm-2:15pm by donation to the Food Bank.

Surrey:

Vayusha Yoga Studio (http://www.vayushayoga.com/): In December only, buy One Month of Unlimited Yoga for $30!

Abbotsford:

Bikram Yoga Abbotsford (http://www.bikramyogaabbotsford.com/) –Buy a 40 class card for $299! Save $150! No expiry date!

Know of any other great deals for yogis? Comment below and I’ll include them next week!

Yogacara Groupon Deals!

For the first time, Yogacara is being featured on Groupon! That’s right, now you can receive an up to 80% discount at your favourite yoga studios. Today’s Groupon is valid at both Yogacara studios, which are located on Trafalgar Street & West Broadway in Kitsilano and on Main Street at 29th in Vancouver. Choose between two options:

  • For $40, you get 10 yoga and Pilates classes (up to a $150 value).
  • For $90, you get 30 yoga and Pilates classes (up to a $450 value).

Never been to a Yogacara studio before? Check out our review of their lovely Kitsilano location here. Like what you see? Click here to to get your Yogacara Groupon!

[yogacarastudios.com]

Why Can’t We Just All Get Along?

I read an interesting article recently about snobbery in yoga.  Having been a Bikram yoga teacher since 2004. I have experienced my fair share of this.  It posed the question for me, why can’t we just all get along?

I completely understand why Bikram gets a bad rap.  Copyrighting yoga poses, “Mcyoga”, etc.   I have been in Bikram classes where the teacher has told students who come from other styles that they don’t practice “real” yoga.  However, the argument goes both ways.   I have been told that Bikram is not “real” yoga.  The negativty is not limited to Bikram yoga.  I have a friend who is a Yin teacher.  A Vinyasa teacher once told her that Yin is not considered yoga because the muscles are not engaged during practice.

Why all the bullying?  To paraphrase Abraham-Hicks, the more you push against something, the more you bring it into your experience.  Why can’t we just allow people to be who they are and practice the style of yoga they want to practice?  The next time you find yourself dissing a style of yoga, unpack that, really look at it.  I am sure you will find something within yourself that needs love and attention.  Yoga is good in my books, whether you want to practice Bikram, Yin, Kundalini, Iyengar, Ashtanga, etc.

I would like to know how others feel about this topic.  Any comments would be appreciated.

Namaste.

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