Lainie Devina via Yoga International, 12/28/2016 ?>
In the case of back pain, ”unconsciousness” is a lack of awareness of or attention to how you hold your body. This allows your body to develop potentially harmful habits, simply because it feels easier and seems to save energy (the “path of least resistance”). When the body is repeatedly placed in unhealthy positions over long periods of time, the soft structures of the lower back (i.e., the muscles, tendons, ligaments, intervertebral discs, and nerves) can become imbalanced and sustain injury. The muscles can become weak, failing to properly support the spine and upper body... read more»
Lainie Devina via YogaWorksBlog, 11/04/2016 ?>
November marks the beginning of the holiday season, a time of family traditions, cultural festivities, and community celebrations. At root, the spirit of the season is of gratitude and compassion, which is why many of us may feel a deeper connection to those around us. When we take time to focus on our blessings, we have the opportunity to tap into a natural goodwill that we want to express.
You may have heard of Metta, the concept in Buddhism that translates... read more»
Lainie Devina via Yoga Digest, 10/27/2016 ?>
Historically, the teachings of yoga have been passed down from guru to disciple. Both parties would consider carefully whether to enter into the relationship, because it was a significant commitment of time and energy over many years. In our Western version of modern yoga, however, students often practice with numerous teachers, and their commitment may last only for the length of the class. Our teacher trainings mostly focus on leading safe asana practices, but, because of the mind-body-spirit connection that yoga creates, teachers can be expected to be guides beyond the physical... read more»
Lainie Devina via YogaWorksBlog, 07/27/2016 ?>
You completed your teacher training and are now a registered yoga teacher! Congratulations! Are you inspired to use your education to share the benefits of yoga with others? At the same time, are you uncertain about how to make the jump from new graduate to professional yoga teacher? If you answered yes to both questions, you’re definitely not alone. Read on for some simple, easy-to-implement tips to land your first teaching job.
1. Create a resume. Make it clear, visually appealing, and no more than one page. It should... read more»
Lainie Devina via Elephant Journal, 07/04/2016 ?>
On Thursday afternoon, I experienced one of those instances in which time briefly seems to still in order to show you the cumulative effect of many small moments.
I was rushing through my schedule with two kids in the back of the car, feeling agitated and sharp, my mind already on the rest of my to-do list. Out of nowhere, I heard the sweet voices of my 10- and 11-year-old girls as they began chanting: “Om buhr bhuvah svah…”
It was the Gayatri Mantra, the ancient call for transformation and growth, and one... read more»
Lainie Devina via DOYOUYOGA, 05/22/2016 ?>
Many aches and pains that we suffer – in our yoga practice and in daily life – come not from acute injury but from doing something over and over with poor alignment. The cumulative stress builds until eventually, the smallest straw breaks the camel’s back.
As a yoga teacher, I see and correct small misalignments in every class that may not cause any pain in the moment, but if repeated a hundred times, can lead to serious injuries. At particular risk for injuries are our joints. We ask these delicate structures... read more»
Lainie Devina via YogaWorksBlog, 05/18/2016 ?>
Summer is the busiest season for vacation, and in the coming months lots of us will be away from home. Many modern yogis build their practice around studio classes: we all have our favorite locations, teachers, and times to attend class, and any disruption in our routine can cause our yoga practice to fall by the wayside. But in Sutra 1.14, Patanjali reminds us, “Practice becomes firmly grounded when well-attended to for a long time, without break and in all earnestness.” So how do we keep from neglecting our yoga while traveling... read more»
Lainie Devina via YOGANONYMOUS, 04/27/2016 ?>
Yin and yang describe the opposing energetic qualities that exist in all of nature. Yin is cooling, restorative, and nourishing, while yang is heating, invigorating, and stimulating. Each is the essential counterbalance to the other—and each requires the other’s equalizing effect. Rather than a static, black-and-white juxtaposition, these two qualities constantly ebb and flow to create a perfect homeostasis.
Many of us live yang-oriented lives with high-paced demands and nonstop stimulation, and we seek out more of the same with vigorous asana practices.. read more»
Lainie Devina via YogaWorksBlog, 08/31/2015 ?>
Let’s be honest about the reality of yoga today in our modern culture: it’s a business. Studio access and studying with your favorite teacher isn’t free—there is a significant exchange of money. AND I think this is a good thing! The fact that yoga is thriving shows just how much it is valued (and likewise how much value it offers)
I feel blessed to be able to make my living and help support my family as a yoga teacher. And because my family’s basic needs are met, I recognize that I live with deep privilege. When our passions and livelihoods are sustainable—when we have the freedom... read more»
Lainie Devina via YogaWorksBlog, 05/28/2014 ?>
Making time to actually practice the internal work of yoga, on the surface for many seems daunting. It should. First, you need to find a quiet space to practice – same time each day and definitely the same location. Of course you will need a proper cushion to sit on and maybe even a blanket to cover your body that matches the decor in your room. It should be light enough for the summer months and warm enough for the winter. I forgot, if you have children, you will need to wake up at 4am to make a meditation practice work – and having a special alarm clock with lovely chimes... read more»
Lainie Devina via Mimosa Lotus, 03/13/2014 ?>
From the moment I got in my car this morning I hit every red light. Every. Single. One. As my frustration, irritation and anger continued to build throughout the day, I was done in, ready to call it quits, and run away with a glass of red wine in my hand and not look back.
I couldn’t take it anymore. My mind was racing with angry thoughts that I couldn’t control. I am a yoga teacher for g-d’s sake! I should be able to do this better than most and instead, all my years of practice flew out the window. Berating thoughts were spinning all around me, “I am a fraud. If only my students could see me now... read more»