Why do you want to hold my ankles in wheel pose?

Wheel Pose

Last week, a yoga student asked if he could hold my ankles for his Wheel pose. This was a first for me, but I said yes. Let’s see how it goes. I stood at the top of his mat, facing him. He clutched my ankles and hoisted himself up, chest expanding, arms strong. He closed his eyes and smiled. Hmm. This week, it happened with another student and I agreed. I allowed her to grab my ankles, then she inhaled up with one breath, expanding and lifting her chest while broadening her shoulders. I assisted further by lifting her upper back with my palms. Her closed eyes and smiling sigh said it all. So, I had to look it up!! The Wheel assist can be done with a partner or by yourself with two blocks and a wall. Enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚

http://yoga.about.com/b/2011/05/24/make-your-own-assist-wheel-pose.htm

Singing may be just as healthy as yoga, scientists say

SingerARTICLE: Singing may be just as Healthy as Yoga, Scientists Say

According to researchers, singing releases endorphins and results,ย “in a calming effect on the mind and body that has the same health benefits as the ancient practice of yoga.” This could explain why the AUM at the end of yoga class feels so good. So go ahead and sing– in the shower or the car or wherever you are. Singing feels good and it’s good for you. ๐Ÿ™‚

Tolerance

Buddhist Boot Camp
Buddhist Boot Camp

“We need not agree with, only learn to peacefully live with, other people’s freedom of choice. This includes (but is not limited to) political views, religious beliefs, dietary restrictions, matters of the heart, career paths, and mental afflictions. That said, tolerance does NOT mean accepting what is harmful. So may all beings live in peace, and may all beings be happy.” – Timber Hawkeye, Buddhist Boot Camp

Yoga Not Religious

Kids Yoga San Diego
Kids Yoga San Diego

READ ARTICLE: Yoga is Not Religious

Today, a California judge ruled that yoga in schools is not religious. Hooray for the kids of San Diego! They will continue to receive (free!!) guided exercises, breathing and relaxation techniques for physical fitness and well-being. Everyone can benefit from this instruction. I can understand why the parents sued, though. Have you ever taken a yoga class that felt more like a religious experience than fitness and relaxation? Some teachers are heavy with Buddhism and Hinduism, but simple guidelines are enough to create a religion-free experience. What do you think?