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Yoga Journal

Yoga Journal May 2018

Yoga Journal offers all practitioners—from beginners to masters—expert information on how to live a healthier, happier, more fulfilling life both on and off the mat.

Land:
United States
Sprache:
English
Verlag:
Active Interest Media
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2 Min.
erika halweil

I started practicing vinyasa yoga as a teenager. The style at that time, in the early to mid-90s, was a vigorous, breath-oriented form of vinyasa. Most classes varied in their approach and offered a wide range of asana. You never knew what was coming. I had a teacher back then who told me that yoga practice is a workshop for our lives; since we don’t know what’s coming next in life, we shouldn’t know what’s coming next in our practice. I later studied with as many different teachers from as many different traditions as I could. I wanted to learn everything and then find ways to incorporate those lessons into my own teaching. Twelve years into my practice, I landed on Ashtanga Yoga. By the time I got there, I had…

4 Min.
the art of discipline

THE GENERALLY EFFORTLESS RHYTHM of my life—and my yoga practice—began to shift in my late 20s. When I was 29 years old, going through a painful divorce, I was forced to make a new home for myself and my 18-month-old daughter (our home was in foreclosure, as I was one of the many affected by the big mortgage crisis of 2008). I no longer felt supported by my daily asana and pranayama practices. For the first time, my senses seemed clouded and dulled. Instead of coming to the mat care-and painfree, I found myself overwhelmed by the activity in my mind and the discouragement in my heart—and I was distracted by an unfamiliar fatigue and achiness. Fortunately, fate guided me right back to my mat. I had already been teaching yoga…

2 Min.
the must list

1 SWEETER SUNNIES Smith Lowdown Focus Sensors embedded in the nose pads and temples of these shades measure your brain waves. Data is sent to an app that helps you track when your mind achieves a state of calm, ultimately helping you to drop in faster over time ($349, smithoptics.com). 2 HIGH-TECH HYDRATION Hidrate Spark 2.0 Need a reminder to stay replenished? This bottle tracks your water intake and glows when you need more. It also syncs with fitness trackers, helping remind you to drink when you’re on the move ($55, hidratespark.com). 3 ASSIST THYSELF Cotton Infinity Strap Say goodbye to metal buckles that come undone and dig at your skin. This yoga belt, designed in the shape of an infinity symbol, can be used in place of a regular strap when practicing most poses ($21, infinitystrap.com). 4 BACKLESS…

1 Min.
so fresh

Natasha Rizopoulos’s Spring Salad SERVES 1–2 “I enjoy this salad nearly every day for lunch. It’s the perfect mix of crunchy and creamy textures. Plus, the combination of plant proteins and healthy fats keeps me satisfied until dinnertime. You can switch it up by adding more veggies or tossing it with balsamic vinegar instead of lemon juice.” 1 cup spring greens (like arugula or baby kale), torn1 medium carrot, peeled and grated½ avocado, diced¼ cup walnuts, chopped⅛ cup salted, roasted pumpkin or sunflower seeds2 oz hard, aged cheese, cut into bite-size pieces (Gouda, Gruyere, or Manchego are my go-tos)8 cherry tomatoes, halved½ lemon, juiced2 tbsp olive oil½ tsp salt (I like Himalayan or Maldon)¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper In a bowl, toss greens, carrot, avocado, walnuts, seeds, cheese, and cherry tomatoes. Top with…

12 Min.
navigate change with grace

ALTHOUGH I HAVE NO STATISTICAL EVIDENCE, I’m convinced that when you start practicing yoga and meditation, you invite major changes into your life. Those changes start from within: Maybe your practice alters the way you define personal integrity; maybe it unleashes a deep longing in your heart or shows you truths you’ve been hiding from yourself. Soon, these inner shifts seep into your external life. They make you question the way you do things and nudge you to live life differently. You may notice that your practice has triggered a mysterious process that I call “karmic acceleration.” In other words, having a yoga practice tends to speed up the way your relationships and life scenarios play out. So instead of putting up with an unhappy relationship or an unsatisfying job for,…

9 Min.
just add crystals

CRYSTALS HAVE THE AMAZING ABILITY to help connect us with the energy of the universe. They were formed in the earth’s surface millions (or even billions) of years ago, typically during periods of change — and like everything else in this world, they retain the vibrations of the planet. Energy and wisdom from the beginning of existence resides inside each mineral. We’re able to harness that energy for ourselves by wearing crystals, holding them, placing them in our homes, and even carrying them with us. Their energy can aid us in transforming ourselves mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Humans have been drawn to crystals for thousands of years. Kings and queens used them for protection, shamans use them for healing, watchmakers use quartz to tell time, and scientists use them in…