The Importance of Rest →
Successfully Weaving Yoga Into Your Life
I’ve been mulling over the question of what the 21-day challenge means to me almost every day since I started and over time this is what I’ve put together. I started the challenge with a few specific intentions in mind: Each one of my goals has presented its own set of mini-challenges and I’ve come back to them at different times throughout the 21-day challenge. I thought...
Practicing What I Preach
I have discovered many things! I have surprisingly fit yoga or meditation into my schedule everyday of the challenge so far and have still managed to keep up with all other tasks too! There have been many times in the last year when I’ve said I want to practice more but I wasn’t making it a priority! It will be easy to continue with this routine now that I’ve realized it is...
My 21 Day Challenge Discovery
The difficult part of a 21 day challenge is obvious - finding the time to get to the studio. But the amazing part of coming to the studio regularly is that you may discover a class you’ve enjoyed so much that you’d like to add it to your weekly regimen. Personally, I decided to focus only on Gentle Yoga classes during this challenge. By cutting out all flow/hot classes, it definitely...
My Sol Story
“We begin where we are, and how we are and whatever happens, happens” TKV Desikachar It was January 2000 and no the world did not come to an end. And no, all of the computers in the world did not freeze up and stop working at the turn of the century. However I did crash and burn; hitting a wall so hard it literally stopped me in my tracks. I suddenly seemed to find myself in a miserable...
Trials and Tribulations of a Yoga Teacher Trainee
Heading into Jan’s Gentle class, my body was initially tired and spent from a day of sitting too long and commuting too far to work. About halfway through the class, I began to loosen, soften and easing into my practice. Ahhh! I dove immediately afterward into her Flow 1/2. I would be teaching the last 15 minutes of class (Jan is my mentor). So, I spent the first half of class preoccupied,...
Navigating Murky Body Image Waters With Yoga →
Enjoy a sample of this post, written by Michael Taylor. Or better yet, click on the above link to read it in it’s entirety. For many of us, we don’t feel healthy, we feel sick. So we turn off feeling. For many of us, we don’t believe we can create, so we turn off creating. We know really well the destructive avalanche that comes from turning off. Switch it back on. We can...
A Dialed Back 21 Day Challenge
For my 21-Days of Yoga, the challenge has been - dialing it back. After weeks of Vinyasa & vigorous practices, those little twinges started to speak to me. “Take it easy on us,” my joints seemed to be saying. I have dialed back to Gentle Yoga for a week and I am loving it. My body feels so good, my mind expanded. I have also increased the meditation time. One night, I read...
Life as a Conscious Practice →
A wonderful article on how to practice, the zen mindfulness way.
21 Day Yoga Challenge Update
For the past 4 years I have been a pretty faithful Tuesday night yoga devotee. I will admit, there are many times if I didn’t volunteer, I would have talked myself out of going. Its not that I don’t walk out the class feeling like a new, complete and restored human; daily lives interrupt many good intentions. That being said, I decided to embark on this challenge to see if I could...
Take 2 Pranayamas and Call Me In The Morning...
On Friday, Sol Yoga’s owner, Dorcas Quynn McWilliams checked in with her 21 Day Challenge Update: So far, so good. Sun - practice Mon – meditation w/ ryan Tues – lunch flow Wed – 5:30 gentle Thursday – lunch flow Friday – 9am flow + wisdom teeth extraction The 21 day challenge came in especially handy today. At 10:30am, right after a short morning yoga class, my wisdom teeth got...
How Yoga Affirms Who You Are
Today’s yoga consisted of practicing my pranayama - in between chanting along with Jai Uttal in the car today as I drove around town on an errand. The fates aligned and Chase slept the entire time (and the girls were both in pre-school). Let me say, it was pure heaven. It occurred to me that I don’t often get time to myself, let alone quiet, reflective time to myself. These days I...
Your Invitation To Tell The Truth
Kristina Molinari read The Invitation at the end of class Wednesday night. Right after savasana before rising to an easy seat she invited us to be more authentic, more truthful and more present. In other words she gave us a way to live our yoga. Living your yoga starts by unrolling your mat and being present, focusing only on the breath. Once you begin to move, you realize that the asanas are...
Careful What You Wish For →
Keep in mind that a 21 Day Yoga Challenge to “Do More Yoga and See What Happens” is not an open invitation to recklessly push yourself. Personally, I’ve pre-registered for every gentle class offered daily at our Frederick Studio over the next 3 weeks. I need more yoga, but I don’t need injuries. I believe in the power of yoga, but I also believe that the power of our...
21 Day Challenge Update
A 21 Day Challenger sent us this email message. This is a great example of how you can challenge yourself to 21 days of yoga even if you find yourself living far from the studio, traveling for work, or otherwise unable to get to class: I will be joining this challenge from a little ways away, so I might not be making it to any classes there. I wanted to take a moment, though, and say that I...
A Yoga Challenge To Inspire You →
Paige Williams needed an overhaul so she decided to participate in a 60 day Bikram Yoga challenge and report on it for O, The Oprah Magazine.
Here We Go
Sol Yoga’s 21 Day Yoga Challenge starts tomorrow. If you’d like to join our staff, teachers and volunteers, you may do so via our $99 one month unlimited special (good only until 1/13/12). Ask about this special the next time you come into the studio!