The 10 things you’ll do once you start yoga (that have nothing to do with yoga). ~ Lee Anne Finfinger
The 10 things you’ll do once you start yoga (that have nothing to do with yoga).
- At least once, you will force yourself to try to be vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian, gluten-free (insert any over-zealous diet here)/drink Kombucha/buy bottled water before class and pour it into your sustainable water bottle before the teacher/students/Whole Foods cashier next to you sees. (If you’re craving meat, just eat it! On your deathbed, will you really be glad that you didn’t have that steak on your 30th Birthday?)
- Your iPod will now include a heavy serving of Kirtan music that you will listen to on your very long commute to your yoga studio. (It’s cool; if you want to listen to Kirtan occasionally, go for it! When you start listening to it while driving and falling asleep—time to go back to your old playlists. Do not switch over to NPR!)
- You will pretend not to notice that your ass now fits in a size six instead of an eight, but you’re secretly thrilled. (When you get down to a four though, watch it. People will talk.)
- You will go back to your natural hair color/remove your hair extensions/cut your hair short in an attempt to stop paying so much attention to your vanity. (Try not to cut it too short—the growing out process is a bitch and then you’ll just need more hair extensions. I did.)
- You’ll attempt to read the Yoga Sutras, the Bhagavad Gita, or the Upanishads while your stack of fashion magazines calls to you from the next room. (Really, why can’t I like Rachel Zoe and yoga? Now that I’m thin enough to actually wear her clothes, why should I pretend I don’t want to?) (See #3.)
- You will take a retreat. Hello, Kripalu! (It’s ok—those other people probably are weirdos. So are you. Eat your breakfast and shut up. No really, shut the f*ck up—it’s a silent breakfast.)
- You’ll start taking photos of yourself in yoga poses. Often. And you’ll think that other people care. It’s like the modern-day version of the vacation slideshow. No one gives a sh*t, but they’ll pretend like they do so that you do the same when they whip out their own photos.
- You will at some point wear mala beads, which will break all over the floor of your 6:15 A.M. class. (Basically, it’ll end about as well as when I wore my Grandmother’s rosary beads to dinner at age six. Silver Lining: The company was kind enough to re-string them for free, and now I just wear them like a really cool wrap bracelet. It’s very hippie chic. Thank you September Vogue.) (See #5)
- You will become a cheap date. Remember, you just dropped two sizes and you continue to spend at least an hour a day sweating and twisting and breathing. You’ll be buzzed from one drink!
- You’ll get over yourself. If you teach yoga, you’ll hope that people show up because they like taking class from who you really are. If you practice yoga, you’ll keep showing up and you’ll realize that the other sh*t doesn’t matter.
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2 min. excellent video.
Hybrid Medical Animation, a medical and science 3D animation studio, put together a video to show a realistic X-ray representation of what the human skeleton looks like while doing yoga poses like Crow and Tree.
“We wanted to combine the beautiful moves of yoga with this new visual approach to bring the full human skeleton to life,” the blurb below the video reads.
Ready to hit the yoga studio?
Check out this video on YouTube:15 min.95-year-old Hatha Yoga teacherMarched with Gandhi in 1930 (thanks to her uncle’s interest)“All the power of the universe is right inside of me.”
Published on Jun 30, 2014
This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Be inspired by yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch’s indomitable spirit, philosophy of Oneness, and incredible life, from marching with Mahatma Gandhi to modeling for Coco Chanel. Walking on stage with her signature high heels and easing into a full raised Lotus position, Tao makes us all believe “There is nothing you cannot do!”
Millions across the globe have been inspired by 95-year-old Tao Porchon-Lynch: World World II activist, model, film star, wine connoisseur, ballroom dancer, and one of the oldest yoga teachers in the world. She started dancing competitively in her 80s and has received almost 600 first place awards. The spark in her eyes and child-like smile immediately capture you, yet her lean frame belies the strength in her body, mind and spirit.
Later on, Porchon-Lynch, now a married woman, found herself becoming more serious in yoga. Having studied with yoga greats Sri Aurobindo and Indra Devi, she abandoned her acting job in 1967, deciding to become a full-time yogi. Jack LaLanne was the first to hire her to teach yoga. In 1976, she became one of the founders of the Yoga Teachers Alliance, now known as the Yoga Teachers Association. She based her operations in New York and set up the Westchester Institute of Yoga in 1982, which now has a students from all over the world. In 1995, with Indra Devi, she flew to Israel to attend the Yoga for Peace International Peace Conference. Porchon-Lynch has also been one of B. K. S. Iyengar‘s disciples in yoga and reportedly the first “foreign” student of his.
Porchon-Lynch has embraced her age and carried her yoga with her. She has mentioned, “I’m going to teach yoga until I can’t breathe anymore.” She received the Guinness World Records title of world’s oldest yoga teacher from Berniece Bates in May 2012. Porchon-Lynch was 93 when she broke the world record. In 2013, in collaboration with Tara Stiles, she released a DVD on yoga, titled Yoga with Tao Porchon-Lynch. In addition, she published a book about meditation, titled Reflections: The Yogic Journey of Life.About TEDx, x = independently organized event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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Tips on Choosing the Best Pre-Yoga Eats:
You want to focus on foods that are: easy to digest, light on the stomach, not too heavy in protein or fat, and don’t contain simple carbohydrates (like sugar and cereal). Think foods that contain soluble fiber (which is slow to digest), small amounts of healthy fats and protein, and foods that are friendly to your blood sugar. Pairing a little light protein with some easy-to-digest carbs is another good tip to support blood sugar levels and prevent lean muscle mass even further.
So what exactly are you supposed to eat before you get your downward dog on? There’s a good bit of conflicting advice out there on what the best pre-workout eats are, however, for yoga, there are five vegan choices that most anyone can agree on. These options are, of course, not set in stone, but are some great general suggestions you can try out to see how they work for you.
1. A Banana and a Small Serving of Vegan Yogurt
A banana contains soluble fiber, which digests slowly and won’t spike your blood sugar. Bananas are also friendly to the stomach, and their natural sugars will help sustain you through your workout practice. In the body, bananas act like a starch due to their binding nature, which means they won’t disrupt your blood sugar levels like sugary, pre-workout drinks will. Bananas also contain potassium, Vitamin B6 for energy, and even natural sugars that act as pre-biotics to feed good bacteria. Pairing a banana with some low sugar or low sugar or sugar-free vegan yogurt (that contains live cultures to feed good bacteria even further) will help sustain you even longer and support your digestion.
2. Sprouted Grain Bread with a Tablespoon of Raw Almond Butter
If you’re not into fruit, then sprouted grain toast may be another good option to try for some healthy carbohydrates. Your body needs a little bit of carbs before a workout; otherwise you run the risk of losing your “juice” which leaves you low in energy and less likely to have as great of a workout. Sprouted grain bread is a healthier option than refined bread on the shelf since the bread is flour-free, contains a small amount of protein, and has live, natural enzymes to support your digestion. Raw almond butter goes great on sprouted grain bread, since it will lower the glycemic effect of the bread and will add a little bit of protein and more fiber. Keep the almond butter to one tablespoon and choose raw almond butter since it’s lighter on your stomach than roasted almond butters with added oil and salt.
3. A Dried Fruit and Nut Bar
Dried fruit and nut bars that contain no added sugars are a great pre-workout option. The dried fruit will provide you with energy and the raw nuts in the bar will help the sugars in the fruit digest more slowly. Choose a bar that contains no more than 200-300 calories so it’s not too heavy on your stomach. Also, try to stick to those that just contain dried fruit and nuts versus those with added syrups or nectars. You can also make your own energy bars or bites right at home instead of eating store bought bars.
4. A Small Green Smoothie
A small green smoothie is another great-pre workout idea. Try to keep the ingredients in your smoothie to mostly greens to support your blood sugar and maybe add a couple slivers of avocado, a tablespoon or two of chia or hemp, or some frozen acai puree for just a little healthy fat. The healthy fats will help you absorb the nutrients in the smoothie better and support your blood sugar levels. You can add a little plant-based protein as another option, along with some low-glycemic fruits like berries, a half a banana, or a half a green apple.
5. Oatmeal or Quinoa With Berries
Oatmeal is a fantastic grain to eat before yoga, but try to have it at least an hour before so it has time to digest properly. Oatmeal contains soluble fibers, which digest very slowly into the bloodstream and it’s extremely high in magnesium to support your energy levels and prevent muscle cramps. Oatmeal is also rich in B vitamins and one of the most delicious grains to enjoy. If you’re not into oatmeal or eating a grain-free diet, the almighty quinoa seed is another great option to choose since it’s high in protein like oats. Pair your oatmeal or quinoa with some berries or pomegranate arils to include some fresh produce into your meal, and maybe add a little bit of ground flax for extra fiber and omega 3 fatty acids. Keep your serving to around 1/3 cup so it doesn’t sit too heavily on your stomach.
For more tips on how to support your yoga practice, check out The Yoga Diet: Foods that Heal and Energize Your Life.
What do you eat before your yoga class?
BKS Iyengar: Body and soulThe yoga guru most followed in the world, turns 95. We look at how Iyengar Yoga evolved as a brand, in a non-brand way
Iyengar does not really answer my question about being able to go on and on, offering instead a distilled view of what he practises and shares with the world. “Regarding perfection, that’s a very difficult question. I can say that I have superseded most in my sadhana (devoted practice). I am in it, and my mind and my intelligence gets better in my sadhana, and it reaches a certain place. When I stretch, I stretch in such a way that my awareness moves, and a gate of awareness finally opens. When I still find some parts of my body that I have not found before, I tell myself, yes I am progressing scientifically. My body is a laboratory, you can say. I don’t stretch my body as if it is an object. I do yoga from the self towards the body, not the other way around.”
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