I’ve realized I’ve neglected writing about yoga lately.
In all honesty, I havent been teaching much since I finished my 500 Teacher Training.
So I think its time for a post about yoga. Most specifically, attending yoga classes. I don’t know how many of you have even tried yoga, but you should know that you dont need to attend a class to practice. There are plenty of good yoga dvds and even on line youtube videos and yoga sequences.
However, I think its always best to take a class. Yoga actually means “union”. And nothing feels more appropriate than practicing yoga with others. However, there are things I think you should know before attending a class. I’ve been on both sides, as a yoga instructor and student, so here’s my little “yoga class guide”:
Even classes without “Hot” in the title may very well be!
In all honesty, this is my one gripe about yoga. I cant stand “hot” yoga (if you want to know why, I explained it in this post). Many yoga studios believe that muscles that are warm are more pliable and they stretch more efficiently. Many students find that their tightness goes away quicker in heat and it is more comfortable to move. Regular yoga classes are usually around 75-85 degrees, which when your moving, is very hot and sweat is inevitable. “Hot” classes can be upwards of 100 degrees. However, I find that yoga classes at gyms are “less hot” for some reason….anyhow, if heat is an issue, bring a fan or stay at home.
People Touching You
Besides the lovey dovey people who enjoy giving hugs, many yoga teachers use touch to correct alignment and to guide students into postures. I know I do when I teach, since thats how I was taught. Adjustments and assists, when safely administered, help you to grow your practice quickly and I think, actually feel great when administed. If you feel uncomfortable with touch or the touch is unpleasant, you can always tell them no thank you politely.
Yoga postures are great for bringing things up. That can include gas, crying, burping, crazy congested breathing, gurgly sweat sounds, farts, sighs that sound like orgasms and many other noises. Yoga postures twist and compress the abdomen and stimulate the digestive organs. It’s kind of the point. So, yes, farts in yoga class happen. Its sort of funny sometimes, but dont get too grossed out. I mean, it beats some of the weird grunts I’ve heard in the weight room.
It’s Not The Most Ideal Singles Hang Out Seriously. You will look like crap immediately after – sweaty, flushed, splotchy. And don’t forget about the aforementioned bodily function overload and over-sharing. It can be a bit much for even the most desperately seeking individual.
Discomfort (confusion, anger, frustration, etc)
Yoga is a feel good activity but it does involve moving the body, using the breath and channeling the mind in ways that you are not used too. I’m sure if your a “runner” these days, your first time running wasn’t exactly “fun”. It may take several sessions before you get used to it and until then you may be tired, grumpy, confused, lost, frustrated, angry etc. Part of yoga is controlling the mind and learning how to be calm when under stress. If the yoga class was easy, you would not have the opportunity to practice this. As you continue to practice, the tasks get easier and you learn how to use your mind to control the experience.Yoga can also bring up suppressed emotions from traumas that were not totally dealt with. Don’t give up after one try at yoga. Try a different teacher, work through the “discomfort” and I think in time, you’ll start feeling better about it.
Have you ever attended a class? Care to share your tips?
You know what has absolutly NOTHING to do with yoga????
Perogies! I’m part Pollack, but I never remember anybody in my family making these. So making up for what I never got!
- 4 approx cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted
- 1 cup greek yogurt or sour cream
- 2 eggs
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
For the filling:
- 1 lb ground beef (you can use chicken, turkey, or if you are a PETA member, use potatoes or cheese)
- 1/2 cup bread crumbs (I used stale bread soaked in milk!)
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp oregano
- 1 medium onion diced
Mix all of your filling ingredients so they are ready to go and store them in the fridge until your ready to fill. Sift all your dry ingredients. In a large bowl, stir together the flour and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together the butter, yogurt, eggs, and oil. Stir the wet ingredients into the flour until by making a little well and gradually working it all into a nice dough. Knead it for a few minuets and cover the bowl with a towel, and let stand for 15 to 20 minutes. Separate the perogie dough into two balls. Roll out one piece at a time on a lightly floured surface until it is thin enough to work with, but not too thin so that it tears. Cut into circles using a cookie cutter, perogie cutter, or a glass. Brush a little water around the edges of the circles, and spoon some filling into the center. Fold the circles over into half-circles, and press with a fork to seal the edges. You can place perogies on a cookie sheet, and freeze. Once frozen, transfer to freezer storage bags or containers. Or if you want to eat pronto, drop the perogies in a pot of boiling salted water or chicken broth. Let them boil (about 5-10 min) until they float at the top like a buoy (isn’t that a funny word? “buoy”!). Fish them out and you can have them in a soup like dumplings or sautee them with some butter. Remember, butter makes everything taste better!