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Using a yoga strap to improve posture & reduce tension

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Posture contributes to how we feel and to our overall health and well-being. Just talk to a chiropractor, and they will tell you all about it.

Today I learned a way to use a yoga strap to help improve posture. It’s quite simple but a powerful exercise. Truthfully I do not own a yoga strap but plan to go buy one tomorrow. I have been slow to buy yoga “props,” thinking of them as mere accessories. However, as I deepen my practice and have learned how to use them, I now know they are definitely worth the investment.

Often times, a prop is only viewed as something that people use who cannot do the full yoga posture on their own. Some people view props as signs of weakness or inability.

If that is the only way we view props, we are missing the true essence of what they can offer us. My yoga teacher likes us to refer to props as “tools”. She calls them tools, because that is really what they are. They are tools that allow everyone to feel the full extent of a pose (whether or not their body is able to go there on its own). This ability to feel the full pose helps us realize the pose fully but it also allows our body to understand the pose through experience, creating a memory of that feeling in our body so we can replicate it on our own, later, when we are ready.

Same thing goes with posture. Using this yoga tool, you can start to enjoy the benefits of good posture again and remind your body what proper alignment feels like so that when your body is ready to do it on it’s own, it can easily reproduce the sensation.

The definition of modern day yoga

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“The Inner Tradition of Yoga” by Michael Stone (shared by fellow yoga teacher training classmate, T. Nordlund – thank you!)

I think this video compliments nicely or provides the right counterpose to follow yesterday’s blog.

Yogis/yoginis out there feel free to watch the entire video. It’s worth a look for sure.

Otherwise, if you need the shorter version or are considering skipping out on the video, please reconsider! Check out the 3 minute version by moving your cursor to the 11:28 mark and hear the crux of his message. You don’t want to miss it!

Michael gets to the bottom of what yoga is all about (at least for me): “The intimate connection to all things, that I feel when I am still.” The falling away from the little self into the Self. Bringing us all back together, where we belong.

Just watch 🙂

What if money was no object?

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Need some direction in your life vocation, life work?

Here is a nice video to wake up to on a Friday, the day before the day many people retreat to their “real lives.”  Alan Watts asks the right questions that get you to examine your motives and your desires. What if money was no object? What do you desire?

For more of Alan’s juicy insights check out his website or visit Youtube for an array of other philosophical and inspirational clips.