When we think of people who do yoga, we imagine that they’re all zen and calm. While that may be true, they don’t spend their days in tranquil meditation like the Buddha!
People who practice yoga are also known for loving life and being content with very little. They move gracefully, dance freely, and eat mindfully with a concern for minimizing their environmental footprint. They are always conscious of their intentions and of the consequences of their actions, and they cultivate a way of living that tends to be in harmony with their surroundings and the people around them.
The Wanderlust Festival will bring together regional and international yoga communities in a festive atmosphere of yoga, music, and outdoor enjoyment. Hundreds of yogis and yoginis from around the world will be in Tremblant August 22 to 24, 2014. Teachers like Shiva Rea, Rod Stryker, Megan Currie, Ichih Wang, Bram Levinson and myself will come together to offer an amazing yoga experience; the famous Mc Yogi and Dj Drez among other great music performers will also join us.
Join us; summer is the perfect time to experience it and enjoy Tremblant that will vibrate with the joie de vivre for which Quebec is so famous!
A friend of mine decided to take up yoga for the stretching and to perform better at his favourite activity, which is cycling.
As it turns out, his yoga practice has opened up a world of possibilities! He told me today that after just a few months, he has learned to better control his breathing and has increased his lung capacity; he is able to get “into the zone” more quickly and easily; that the lingering back ache he thought would never disappear is gone; that his inner strength and concentration have improved exponentially; and that he has learned to enjoy being in the moment without thinking about competing. He feels calm, serene, and detached from the need to perform.
As a yoga teacher, I think his cycling season will be vastly improved by the openness he has created throughout his body through good breathing techniques. Even if performance has taken a back seat, his ability to be alert will help him achieve his goals, whether it’s to win or simply to enjoy his sport while maintaining his health at an optimal level! Try this yoga routine: Yoga for cyclists
Being a yogi with the discipline of practicing meditation for many years has served me well. I can easily turn the switch off and be in the present moment even when times are hectic. It has served me as a mother, as a business owner and in my daily life. It keeps my head clear and I easily manage any stressful situations with detachment.
My summer vacation brought me confirmation that it is really difficult, in this “instant communication” world, to really disconnect from the virtual and to authentically connect with the moments we share with our loved ones. Even with years of practice, I was challenged by not being connected! Do you see yourself? Is it difficult for you to be in the moment without having to worry about the next phone call, text or Twitter post?
This fall, try to disconnect at least 15 minutes per day and tune inward in silence or just try to be present with your family and friends without the anticipation of the next instant message… enjoy the moment! And please, don’t even think about sharing this moment with the world on Facebook because you’re not doing it the right way!!!
Anyone can practice yoga, and everyone can adapt it to his or her own needs. No matter what you call it – Iron yoga, yoga for cyclists, pre-ski yoga – it is all essentially the same discipline: Hatha yoga.
Like Olympic athletes, Ironman participants undergo a rigorous routine of training, diet, and rest. Some find that adding yoga to an already demanding schedule simply isn’t possible. Others, however, have managed to add yoga to their training and have felt and enjoyed its many benefits.
Like an Ironman competition, yoga helps strengthen the body/mind connection. Mental strength is crucial for the body to accomplish such extreme physical feats. Yoga supplies the tools the athlete needs at a mental level while helping prevent injuries and speeding recovery after training and competitions.
An effective way to incorporate yoga into a busy schedule is to set aside 20 minutes each day for exercises devoted to breathing, specific postures, and a short period of meditation upon awakening.
Yoga clinics for triathletes are given throughout the summer on the beach near the Ironman base camp. Details at www.yogatremblant.com/ironman