Something that I’ve been working on a lot in my own practice as of late is “floating”. Floating is done frequently in Ashtanga yoga but it’s also something that can be added to any yoga asana practice. Floating requires deep core strength, focus, and economical and efficient use of alignment. But even more importantly, proper and smooth floating demands that you get in touch with Mula bandha and Uddiyana bandha as learning to connect the bandhas together will add lightness and lift to your movement.
Meditation is one of the best things we can do for our body, mind, and spirit. Especially when it comes to achieving balance in one or all of the chakra centers, the art of meditating and visualizing is our greatest ally and tool. There are many methods for balancing and opening the energy centers. This meditation is aimed at moving through the chakras one at a time, allowing you the freedom to spend as much time as you want in any specific area. This gives you the power to customize your experience based on what you need in any given moment. We recommend moving through all the chakras the first few times. This will help you assess which ones need the most time and focus.
One of the most common questions we get at Yoga for Men is “How can I begin my home Yoga practice?” While there are many answers to this broad question, the solution varies greatly depending upon which stage of practice you are in, and what your prior physical history has been up until this point. While I’m not going to get too deep and throw a bunch of Sanskrit words at you…yet, I do ask that you give your Yoga practice an honest effort and keep an open mind to possibility.
Recently, I was asked by someone as to what to expect from his first yoga class. This person, oh, I’ll call him…”Wayne”, really wants to go down the yoga rabbit hole so to speak, but he’s intimidated by thought of being splayed-out, sweaty and inflexible in front of a room full of strangers, uncertain as to what posture to do next, or if he’d even be ABLE to do whatever posture comes next.
Yeah, I get that. Totally.
Even as I type this now, four years later, the picture is as vivid as if it happened yesterday. It was Saturday May 30th, 2009 and I had just dropped off the equipment at the facility in Davie, FL from an event we’d just held for a local high school football team in Miami. I was in my first month as the general manager of an athletic performance facility in South Florida that catered to high end professional athletes as well as amateur and local youth looking to compete at the highest levels in their respective sports, and working with local schools was one way to recruit their athletes. After taking the coaches out for a celebratory lunch, I was headed back to my corporate apartment where I was staying until we moved down for good. It had just started to rain.
Strength. Wisdom. Grace.
Each of these portraits embody all of these characteristics. Strength and flexibility for the posture combined with a gracefulness that comes from a quiet mind. Self awareness, patience, and inner wisdom are powerfully present with each photograph.
I am interested in focusing my series on male yogis simply because the current mainstream view of yoga is that it’s for women. The majority of magazines and advertisements for the yoga industry feature women in beautiful, elegant, and enviable poses. I want to show how elegant, graceful as well as masculine men can look while practicing yoga.
Krishnamacharya Practicing Yoga in 1938
Every once in awhile something comes along that changes the way you go about your daily life, or changes the way you do things in a fundamental way. In time – and after using said “something” for long enough – you begin to ask yourself, “How did I get along without THAT?…What was life even like BEFORE X?…How did I even GET BY before I knew that existed?”. These “game-changers” if you will, come along infrequently, and I’ve been around long enough know that when they do, you cherish them, you appreciate them, and you know that you’re one of the lucky ones to have found it.
Not to oversell it, but Kharma Khare’s “Yoga Reincarnated” yoga mat IS such a thing.
Through Yoga Teacher Training I found myself in a class with nine women and one other male; two three-day weekends a month for five months. The prospect of being in a room with nine women for extended periods did not phase me. I was raised with three sisters and one brother: the eldest brothers and sisters were long gone before I reached the ripe old age of nine. What I gained from that is gratitude that I’m not a woman and an appreciation for them as well.
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