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Why We Injure Our Bodies in Yoga

We enter the world of yoga for many reasons: to be part of a community, for relief from physical or even psychological pain, personal insight or enlightenment. But mostly it seems we come to yoga to bring more balance to our lives. Yoga seems to serve as a reflection, showing us where and when we have fallen off course.  It works like a spiritual tight rope, lovingly keeping us aware of when we are losing our way. It reflects our patterns back to is and shows us that too much of anything can be detrimental. Our asana practice is a perfect illustration of this.

The intention in which we participate in our practice offers us great fodder to learn from. How often we practice, the style of yoga we chose or even the ways we choose to move our bodies are all ways in which we reveal ourselves. It is interesting to discover that the way in which we meet the challenges in our daily life share a common approach to the way we meet the challenges in our practice. If we can release our practice from force and expectations and allow it to be guided by experience and curiosity we might be able to do the same at the office, in our relationships, in our lives. This is why Reflections supports a mindful vinyasa practice without expectation or competition. It is a practice done by you for you.

My teacher, Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, has said “the mind it like the wind and the body like the sand”.  If this is true then the state of mind we are in when we begin our practice will directly affect the quality of our movements.  It will affect our ability to practice from the experience of the body instead of the will of the mind. So, is it possible that the mental state we bring to our practice often leads us to injury instead of our perceived abilities? If we believe that the movements of our body are no more than an expression of our thoughts and desires then this idea would undoubtedly be true. In my many years of practice and teaching I have found that “yoga” is neither a panacea nor a culprit, but merely a teacher showing us where our thoughts might be too aggressive or too passive.

It might seems paradoxical to some to have a mindful vinyasa studio in Hells Kitchen that promotes conscious living, but I believe that it is here where we need to bring our practice to the forefront. Where the temptations might be a bit more fetching. Hells Kitchen is as good a place as any to pause, breathe in and feel!

Interested in deepening your practice?  Come to our FREE Teacher Training Info Session and Hips Workshop taught by Paula on April 4th!