“I’d been practicing yoga daily for over 10 years and cycling for over 20 but I literally had no relationship to my cycle, the length, my hormonal fluctuations, the shifts in my energy over the month. Nothing! I took my enforced day or two off practice a month, pushed on through in my day to day life and got back on the mat ASAP. The concept of resting during menstruation and general cycle awareness was pretty radical. ” Sophie Cleere
Dedicated to the women practitioners who love their Ashtanga practice but maybe not so much their holiday.
Your practice doesn’t have to take a holiday just because you are on one.
That also goes for being on the injured list, which isn’t really any holiday at all. Or that time when you got fired, dumped, and stranded on the side of the road – all in the same week. And the last thing you want to do is bust out a bunch of jumpback vinyasas or backbends, right? Not to mention, there are times when we should let things move and flow through us, physically and emotionally, without any energetic interference.
So in our room, we make space for everyone to have a daily practice – even on their days off from an Ashtanga Practice. If you’ve already listened to my podcast with Christine Hoar, you already know there are multiple ways to practice when jumpbacks and bandhas are off the table – and a restorative yoga practice is one way to make your way onto your mat. So here’s one we put together for our crew with the help of Heather Hax from Charm City Yoga. I hope it’s helpful for you too.
“I didn’t realize what we were missing until we met her.”
That’s what Jen René said to me after spending a day with Christine Hoar, a woman who has 20 years experience practicing and teaching Ashtanga yoga.
Now, if you’re a woman in this practice, I don’t need to tell you how rare it is to find women with that kind of depth and experience in the practice. And I haven’t even told you the best part – it was my daughter, Meghan, who introduced us!
Seriously, it doesn’t get much better … only it does. So hav