If Shoulderstand isn’t your favorite pose, Cyndi Lee’s safe and supportive setup just might change that.
Ready to move deeper into vinyasa and build a practice that supports you for decades to come? Start today with Slow Flow: Sustainable Vinyasa Yoga for Life, designed by Cyndi Lee, renowned yoga teacher and founder of OM Yoga. This six-week online course will refine your approach to vinyasa yoga through creative asana sequences, essential modifications, dharma talks in mindfulness, and much more, so sustainability and precision are top of mind every time you flow—now and in well into the future. Learn more and sign up today!
Do you worry about the safety of your cervical spine in Shoulderstand? Or maybe you just can’t get comfortable. If Shoulderstand isn’t your favorite pose, Cyndi Lee’s safe and supportive variation might just change that. In this video, she’ll show you how to set up for and come into the inversion in a way that gives you options and makes it sustainable for life.
Yoga Journal Special Issue: The Mindful Guide to Women's Health
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-Practices to help navigate life’s challenges
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Meet the 2019 Live Be Yoga Ambassadors
They’re embarking on a cross-country journey together to forge new conversations in yoga. Here, they share their inspirational stories.
After college I was successful, in a sense, working in production in Hollywood. But
I wasn’t mature enough to handle the money. I was going through a breakup, had lost friends, and I was out of work.
I ended up losing everything. I was so devastated and depressed that I couldn’t lift myself out of the mud. I lived in my car, then on the beach. I started asking: What is my purpose? How do I overcome this? But despite my despair, I still had faith that the universe cornered me into this period of self-reflection for a reason.
Then one day a woman I’d met told me to find Seventh Chakra Yoga in Huntington Beach. I felt a powerful force as soon as I stepped into that space, and I started bawling. The studio owner walked toward me with open arms.
She wound up giving me a job, paying for my Kundalini Yoga teacher training, and putting me on the schedule to teach.
Eventually I was back on my feet. It’s because of my devotion to yoga that I’ve released the shame around my story. I’ve made peace with it. I’ve also reframed it: I was never homeless; I was home-free.
I was a competitive figure skater for 15 years, starting at the age of four. I definitely had big dreams, but if you haven’t made it on a national scale by the time you’re 15, you’re not going to make it in this sport. So when I was done, I dealt with an identity crisis. I struggled with big health issues, including depression and anxiety, and took time off from college.
I needed to get back into my body. My mom found a yoga studio for me; it was
like coming home to myself. I’d never learned that type of breathing, or even how to be present. I often think about what would have happened at the peak of my skating career if I’d had these mindfulness skills then. But it was yoga that helped me know myself beyond my accomplishments.
I went back to school, did a teacher training, and worked. I’ve since done quite a bit of training with Jason Crandell and Janet Stone. And now, I’m teaching yoga full-time.
After years of being a major perfectionist, I learned how to use yoga to help me embrace that which is not perfect. I’m feeling great about my life, and I’m excited to broaden my own scope of awareness in the service of yoga.
Feeling Congested? This Fiery Flow Dissolves Stagnation in the Mind and Body
Whether you feel stuck in your mind or body, Larissa Hall Carlson’s short practice will restore clarity and ease.
Craving change but feeling too stuck, sluggish, or restless to take aim? Join John Douillard, founder of LifeSpa.com, and Larissa Hall Carlson, Ayurveda Yoga Specialist, for Ayurveda 201: Six Weeks to Transformation and Bliss Through Ayurvedic Psychology. In this new online course, you’ll experience: unique yoga practices; inspiring discussions backed by science; and recipes, herbs, and a short, gentle cleanse. The results? Clarity, brilliance, and balance so you can create lasting shifts in your life and well-being. Learn more and sign up today!
Nothing stifles the spark of motivation or the glow of contentment quite like the weight of stagnation. In Ayurveda, this aspect of the emotional body is called tamas, a dark, heavy inertia that bogs you down at every turn. But there are ways to free your mind and body and find a more sattvic (pure, clear) state. Here, Larissa Hall Carlson, who co-created our upcoming course Ayurveda 201, shares a movement practice that will cut through the stagnation and restore a sense of ease, peace, and radiance.
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