Yoga makes every woman appreciate the value of time to self-care, and helps one embrace the challenges of everyday life with grace.
Everybody needs yoga, and yoga is for every body
Every woman on Earth can do yoga.
Everyone seems to be doing yoga and is an expert on yoga, but our sisterhood is divided. Sadly, hype and spiritual materialization have consumed the practice of yoga, as simple downward dogs have blossomed into a multi-billion-dollar industry. It seems the only thing the yoga community is fostering is competition and the aggrandizement of the one thing it is supposed to be transcending: the ego.
At its core, yoga is a means to self-worth, inner peace, and integration of mind, body and spirit. On a grander scale, yoga enables great benefit to all. Yoga knows no boundaries, and makes no distinctions between what the world might label as advantaged or disadvantaged.
The practice of yoga starts with you, but you are not alone. How do we make ourselves feel confident enough in the power of yoga to change our world? At the end of the day, just getting on the mat is a step in the right direction.
Yoginis are Moms, Stockbrokers, and Bartenders
You need not stock up on hemp milk and chia seeds, or quit your job at Microsoft to become ‘legit’. I am a single mom in my mid-forties, who works 100 hours per week and eats the occasional brie or over-indulges one weekend on churrascaria and caipirinhas in Brazil. Yet, I wake up the next morning still a yogi, with the same opportunities to grow available to me on the mat as the day prior.
The real fruits of the practice are the qualities of yoga that you take with you when class is over. Yoga helps you manage mental and physical stress from the challenges and frustrations of balancing a demanding job, family, and any crisis that life throws at you. Yoga makes you feel better in spite of the strain and drain of everyday living. Real yoginis can exist successfully in our world, being all Namaste without having to flee to the monastery. They have found it within, and you can, too.
Yoga is for Every Body Type
You spend half your time in tight skirts and crippling heels, and the other half in sweats at home. The last thing you want to do is walk into a studio for the first time, surrounded by a sea of $400 athletic pants and fancy slingy slipper shoes. The way you feel about your look in that sea of yoga perfection can cause you to high-tail it out of the joint.
Keep in mind that studios are diversifying their class types and offering beginner series, so you will find the right one for you. Also, savvy apparel makers now offer a full range of clothes to accommodate all bodies comfortably and beautifully. Whether you are like me and gained 100 pounds during pregnancy, or have one of those quintessential yoga body types, we know how you feel. We do not condemn or hold grudges. The benefits of the practice far outweigh any emotional insecurity. Yoga benefits all of us, and is the ultimate learning ground for loving and appreciating our bodies and our humanity.
Sharing Deepens Relationships
Yoga operates and effects change on more than just your individual physical level. Encourage your friends to come with you without being pushy. They might be curious, but feel unable to ask to come along. Others, such as your stressed out executive friend, might feel isolated thinking that no one knows what she is going through.
Rather than lecture all your friends on how they should experience the benefits of yoga, focus on the practice of yoga. The simplest things can help them reclaim and reconnect with their bodies. The breath is like healing balm, and is shared
You can Find the Right Fit
Yoga is not a one size fits all proposition. You hear about yoga at the coffee shop: the super sweaty, ninety-minute torture chamber known as Bikram causes you to cower over your latte and scone. You walk down to the park with your dog, see people positively glowing after meditation, and you want to run in the other direction.
Yoga is an ancient tree with a very thick and deeply rooted trunk. You might feel overwhelmed by the swarm of fads around you (naked yoga, Doga with your furry friends, and so on), but know that strong branches radiate from the trunk and offshoots from these branches will embrace you. The practice of yoga is about balance in the body, a metaphor for elimination of dualistic thinking and moksha, a fancy word for liberation. You must enjoy the yoga you are doing to reap its benefits.
There are classes that are slow-moving, restorative, vigorous, free-style, or rote and serialized. Not sure where to start? Personally email me, and I will get you to the right kind of practice for your body, mind and spirit (see below). Every studio offers beginner series. Everyone has to start somewhere, so give yourself a break and grab those extra props. You can always change your mind and try something different later. Try a few styles, practice them more than once, and then stick with the one that works for you. The power of yoga is that over time, with any degree of devotion to the practice, more always comes of it.
amongst you. I have found that my yoga buddies are my spiritual soul sisters. Over time, our conversations and our friendships have increased in depth and meaning.
As a single working mom with an international travel schedule and sometimes up to a 100 hours per week client base, I feel that the benefits of yoga and a supportive community are vitally important to all mothers, especially those just like me.
Yoginis Are Changing the World
Yoga is healing the planet one downward dog at a time. The yoga movement of the West has been a showcase for women partnering in a non-male way to bring awareness and good to the world. Catty competitions aside, yoga is architecting global transformation, and women are at the forefront. Two great examples are Off the Mat and Into the World. My favorite is the Sattva Yoga Online-sponsored Yoga Gives Back, where I volunteer as a global ambassador. Here is a documentary about how our micro-lending is impacting mothers in the poorest parts of India by educating their daughters and helping them avoid human trafficking. (http://yogagivesback.org/ygbfilms).
Besides helping working moms and stressed out executives, yoga services are now expanding to help the elderly, survivors of abuse, the incarcerated, youth at risk, the homeless, and other underserved members of society. People everywhere are taking small steps to bring more joy into their lives and the lives of others. See I told you yoga is good for everyone.