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Ask a Yogi: Tips for Coping with Change

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You’ve practiced with them on YogaGlo. You’ve followed them on Facebook. You might even take their classes in person once in awhile if they travel to or live in your city. But how well do you know our YogaGlo teachers? Ask a Yogi is back so you can learn more about our teachers by asking questions you’ve always wanted to ask.

From favorite poses and tips for beginners to deeper questions about how their practice has changed their worldview, our teachers will collectively answer a new question each week. If you have a question you’d like to “Ask a Yogi” let us know in the comments and we’ll add your questions to the list.

What are some tips on how to reconnect to your practice after some time away?

  • Alex van Frank: The only constant is change so then, it is really up to us to be able to acknowledge it, flow with it, and perhaps even thrive. In my life, I have noticed that difficult changes have been the seeds of my greatness waiting for me to rise up and grow into someone and something far better than what was.
  • Chris Chapple: Spend time alone with incense and a flame and your breath. Breathe with purpose and intention, recognizing the change.
  • Darren Rhodes: In practice, transitions can be precarious. As one pose comes to an end I am at stretch capacity. It’s easy for me to relax at that very moment, when I must be most aware. Life transitions are similar, especially when challenging. At such times I make sure to maintain a consisten practice and increase contact with my mentors.
  • David Wagner: This is something I have had the privilege/burden of going through many times over the years of spiritual practice. The Four Gates of Liberation from the Yoga Vasishtha come to mind: Self-control, Spirit of Inquiry, Satsanga and Contentment. Contentment is about being really aware of desire, aversion and fears and being vigilant not to be ruled by them. Satsanga is about having the right support, the right friends, the right mentors/teachers/therapists/elders, and staying connected to a good community of people in general – not isolating. The Spirit of Inquiry is about embracing the transition as an opportunity to grow as a yogi, learn about yourself, and get a little more free. And Self-control in this sense is about having discipline in all areas of life so that you can stay in your practice, stay awake, and avoid going into avoidant behaviors.
  • Mary Taylor: Be kind to yourself. Be honest with yourself and still remain kind. Take pauses–even for just a couple of rounds of the breath–so you can consider the best course of action. Develop the practice of feeling the connection of your feet to the floor (or if you’re sitting the contact of your sitting bones to the floor or chair), so you can drop into the sensation of support from the earth beneath you.
  • Noah Maze: Take advantage of what opportunities you have in the change/transition. When the ordinary patterns of life are disrupted, other things may become possible that you didn’t consider or have time for before.
  • Steven Espinosa: Oh gosh. That’s a tough one. I guess I could give classic yogic tips like “breathe” or “trust the process” or “practice, practice, practice.” But all those sound so cliche’. Because the truth is it’s relative to the individual and situation. For instance, a few years ago my mother died. Losing a parent is not something you can prepare yourself for. In that type of situation I was just grieving and no amount of yoga philosophy was going to help. But let’s say you are going through a career transition or moving to a new city or in a new relationship then breathing and trusting and practicing can be incredibly helpful and make a huge difference.
  • Taylor Harkness: Embrace that sh*t. The fear of the unknown is real and it sucks. But you can either whine about it or step up and rock it out. Continuously ask yourself how you can be better or do better. New job? Study more and work harder. Going through a break up? Ouch. But that means you get to eventually start fresh with someone new or just love yourself for a while. New city? Get out there and explore it, get to know people and take charge. Easier said than done, I know. But take control of the situation.
  • Tiffany Cruikshank: I find my steadiness in my daily mediation ritual, its never to late to start!

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