The Earth is my Yoga mat

don´t forget to walk barefoot every time you can! happy day to Earth, our mother!

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“Walk as if you were kissing the Earth with your feet” Thich Nhat Hahn

 Grounded-1

April 22 is Earth day. It is an annual event created to celebrate the planet’s environment and raise public awareness about conservation. Today is a day to think about the planet we live in and reflect on our passage through this immensely fascinating and intriguing place.

Being Groundedearthday

Often during our asana practices, as teachers or students we repeat or listen to the phrase “remain grounded”, but what does this mean? For me, being grounded is to develop awareness and compassion for ourselves and everything that surrounds us in the present moment. The analogy is to connect to the ground as a tree, rooted firmly to the earth that holds and nurtures it.

A useful way to think of how we are influenced by or can influence our surroundings is to think…

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The therapy of Yoga

“Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured,” BKS Iyengar

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“Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured,” BKS Iyengar

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According to the International Yoga Journal, “Therapeutic yoga is defined as the application of yoga postures and practice to the treatment of health conditions and involves instruction in yogic practices and teachings to prevent reduce or alleviate structural, physiological, emotional and spiritual pain, suffering or limitations.” Woodyard, C. (2011).

Four principles underlie yoga’s healing system according to Desikachar and collaborators. The first principle is the human body is a holistic entity comprised of various interrelated dimensions inseparable from one another. The second principle is individuals and their needs are unique and therefore must be approached in a way that acknowledges this individuality. The third principle is yoga is self-empowering; the student is his or her own healer. Yoga engages the student in the healing process and a greater sense of…

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