The form of any yoga pose can be modified depending on what you are trying to accomplish. This is called pose adaptation. Adaptation means altering the form of a pose to maximize its function. Pose adaptation is one of the most effective tools yoga teachers have to achieve very specific structural, energetic and mental-emotional effects. The same pose can be used for a wide variety of purposes, which makes your practice more precise and more effective. This book covers various adaptations of the most “benefit-dense” yoga poses and reasons for doing them. They are meant to inspire your curiosity and creativity and facilitate different kind of thinking in regard to yoga poses. Order on Amazon >
The Personal Yoga Practice Journal helps you create and record your home yoga practice. It enables you to build your yoga practice into your day and keep track of your progress. You can record your practices day-to-day attending to the needs that arise, or plan for the month ahead. The Personal Yoga Practice Journal is particularly useful if you are trying to investigate a specific set of practices, to test the effectiveness of certain techniques, or to consistently work on a chronic problem. The Personal Yoga Practice Journal gives an overview of two foundational yogic models: The Panchamaya Model (Five Koshas) and The Age Model. It also describes ten types of yoga practices based on the things that you want to accomplish. Choosing the right practice will help you get the best results. The Personal Yoga Practice Journal is your everyday companion on your personal and professional yoga journey.
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From an evolutionary standpoint, our brains are wired to be suspicious and expect the worse. This served us well in terms of the survival of the species, but it doesn’t work so well if you are trying to minimize the amount of stress and worry in your life. Luckily, within our same brains, we have neurocircuitry dedicated to the feelings of peace, contentment, and joy. This reminds me of a story from the Elizabeth Berg’s novel, The Year of Pleasures. In it, a Navajo grandfather tells his grandson this story: “‘Two wolves live inside me. One is the bad wolf, full of greed and laziness, full of anger and jealousy and regret. The other is the good wolf, full of joy and compassion and willingness and a great love for the world. All the time, these wolves are fighting inside me.’ ‘But grandfather,’ the boy asked. ‘Which wolf will win?’ The grandfather answered, ‘The one I choose to feed.’