December 8, 2013
My fellow yogis, we have been “bamboozled, led astray and run amuck” by the lies of western yoga.
Many people have suffered in silence because of the common yoga stereotypes. I am here to dispel the 5 popular myths that keep people off the yoga mat.
The goal of a yoga practice is to yoke the mind, body and spirit. It is more than getting into a split or a headstand. Yoga helps you observe the emotions that rise up when you move your body into a place of ease. Your goal is to pay attention to the feelings and start the internal healing process.
My very first yoga class happened in my living room. I found two small pillows, a yoga DVD and a yoga mat. I sprayed lavender mist in the air. I created my studio right at home! I found comfort in learning more about yoga without the distractions, pressure or judgment of some yoga studios.
East Indian sages popularized the yoga that we practice today. Yet, similar movements are evident on the east African hieroglyphs. The yoga history is rich and expansive requiring a lifetime to fully understand.
Breath, meditation and sacred movements can be found in almost every spiritual belief system around the world. Chanting “Aum” can be changed to “Amen” or “Shalom”. You have the freedom to meditate on your God and still develop a strong yoga practice.
More and more curvy bodies, men, older and younger people are practicing yoga. A good teacher will help you make adjustments with asanas to make them work for you. Don’t ever buy into the media hype that yoga is a box.
Yoga is a healing system that is changing the world. Get the real facts. Don’t get caught up in myths. Join me on December 21, 2013 at 11am for the “Relax, Relate and Release Yoga Workshop” at the new Gateway Pavilion on St Elizabeth’s East Campus.
Date: Saturday, December 21, 2013
Location: St. Elizabeth’s Gateway Pavilion
2700 MLK Jr. Washington, DC 20020
Cost: FREE (This class will be videotaped and participants must sign a release waiver.)
Parking available onsite