Yoga Journal

Yoga Journal March/April 2021

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.

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3 min.
trusting the unknown

EVERY YEAR, BEGINNING in March and April, we go through a process of emptying our metaphorical cup in order to be filled with fresh spring energy. This year, there are two important shifts occurring simultaneously: We welcome the new astrological year as we transition to Aries on March 20—and we move forward in the new astrological era that began last year on December 21 with the great conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter (when the two planets had their closest encounter in nearly 400 years). So, take a deep breath and prepare for new beginnings and necessary endings. March Free yourself from attempts to shape a future that‘s beyond your control. In Buddhism, the limitation of everyday consciousness is known as maya—the illusory nature of the human experience. The new moon in Pisces,…

4 min.
the draw of the senses

ON A BEACH trip when I was about six years old, my mother pointed out the colorful coquina clams on the shore. Each time a wave drew back into the sea, the tiny creatures, sensing their exposure, would send out a soft foot and dig themselves back into the cool, wet sand. I gently picked one up and observed its jellylike extension. When its little feeler made contact with my fingers, it immediately retreated back into its shell. I am reminded of this experience whenever I practice or teach pratyahara, the retracting of the senses. In English, pratyahara is often referred to as sensory withdrawal, which can suggest a kind of deprivation. But in Sanskrit, it means “fasting” and is an intentional—and often challenging—practice of resting from sensory intake in order…

11 min.
power moves

Two years ago, Shayla Stonechild awoke from a dream at 4 in the morning in her Vancouver apartment. She had goosebumps on her arms and chills running down her back. A voice had whispered a dharma in her ear as she slept. Three little words: the Matriarch Movement. “I believe dreams are messages from your ancestors or your guides,” Stonechild says. “And I thought, I need to make this come alive.” What that would look like—that became her pathfinding mission. As an Indigenous woman living in Canada, Stonechild, 27, who is Plains Cree and Métis from the Muscowpetung Saulteaux First Nation, is no stranger to fear and discrimination. Today, there are more than 4,000 documented unsolved cases of missing and murdered Native women and girls in the United States and Canada,…

4 min.
find freedom and stability in your shoulders

YEARS AGO, I was teaching a workshop for yoga teachers focused on the anatomy of the shoulder joint. One of my students mentioned that she was suffering from chronic shoulder pain in Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward-Facing Dog Pose). As she demonstrated the pose, I saw that she was dropping her shoulder blades down her back (as commonly instructed in many poses). I suggested she internally rotate her upper arms to release and rotate the scapulas (shoulder blades) and move them toward her hands. Her pain disappeared—and she later told me it never returned. Many yoga teachers and students hold a fundamentally flawed understanding of how the shoulder joint moves. For example, externally rotating your upper arms in Down Dog while holding your scapulas down can, and regularly does, impinge the supraspinatus…

1 min.
our contributors share quick creativity boosts

MAKE A MOVE Since I’ve been working from home, it’s been hard to remove myself from the “office.” When I have moments of mindfulness, I make space for creativity. I’ll put on some music and dance around or blend essential oils to boost my mood. Sometimes I’ll just step outside for some fresh air. I make an effort to incorporate ecstatic dance (a type of free-form movement that boosts endorphins) and later ground myself with a weighted or heated massage pad. Juanita Borges E-RYT 500 @thecaramelyogi FIND A CLEAR SKY When I‘m low on energy, I practice what I call a Sky-Like Mind Reset—a reminder that there’s always a clear mind behind even the cloudiest of thoughts. Here‘s how: Stand outside or in front of a window, or look at a photograph of an expansive sky.…

1 min.
dharma talk

WHEN I TOOK yoga teacher training, I realized that this is an ancient philosophy and lineage. I felt like I was not ready to teach it, because it wasn‘t my own. So I spent the next three years integrating and embodying what I learned. I went on to train for 500 more hours, learning from different mentors. I had to get past this fear: Am I culturally appropriating it? It‘s not from my lineage, but I saw an overlap of Indigenous teaching. It‘s like your poses are prayers, and you‘re dedicating yourself to something bigger than just you. Even though the terminology may be different, the intention often remains the same. Now when I teach, I weave in Indigenous and yogic philosophy. PHOTO: BRIEN HOLLOWELL; WARDROBE: LESLIE HAMPTON…