Yoga Inspiration #1

“Yoga is serenity.”

–Bhagavad Gita (400 – 300 B.C.E.)

The Bhagavad Gita (or just Gita) is a sacred Hindu scripture – essentially a summary of Hinduism and a guide for (Hindu) life. I have never read it, but I like its definition of yoga. This phrase reminds me that simplicity is usually the best answer. The serenity and peace I feel on my mat should be present in the rest of my life as well.

Today’s yoga (I try to do a short session almost every day) was a 20 minute podcast from YogaDownload called Hip Opening Flow #2. I started working my way through every 20 minute podcast they have online (they start way back in April 2007) last week and I am on the fifth one now. This should take me a while as I don’t plan on doing more than one new one each day. The Hip Opening Flow #2 was quite peaceful and calm (serene) but decimated my hips. I hold tension in my hips. Do you? Apparently it is a common place to hold anxiety and negative emotions.

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I know a cure for anxiety and negative emotions…

arctic zero chocolate peanut butter Yoga Inspiration #1

Just kidding. Kind of!

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What is your definition of yoga? Where do you hold your stress?

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12 Comments on Yoga Inspiration #1

  1. Jill
    4 January, 2011 at 10:09 pm (3 years ago)

    Yoga is serenity now!! I love the zen like calm I feel after a session. Better than any drug I have ever tried. :)

  2. carin
    4 January, 2011 at 10:15 pm (3 years ago)

    does that stuff ever make you bloated? i haven’t eaten it for awhile because i was fearing ti was making me bloated. but i love love love it.

    • Maggie
      4 January, 2011 at 10:44 pm (3 years ago)

      @carin: now that you mention it… yes. i think it does. i never put it together before now though.

  3. Megan
    5 January, 2011 at 3:51 am (3 years ago)

    Yoga is something I’m starting to do more of as I attune to the aliveness within my body and treat it with more loving kindness than ever before.
    I totally hold stress in my back, and in my gut, too. When I get super stressed or anxious, my digestive tract cramps up; now THAT causes bloating! :)

  4. cc
    5 January, 2011 at 11:03 am (3 years ago)

    i saw that in the grocery store the other day! is it any good?

    • Maggie
      5 January, 2011 at 12:15 pm (3 years ago)

      @cc: To be honest, it’s way overpriced. It was like $4.50 for this thing and it’s gone in one sitting. I’ve bought it a couple times before but I’m not going to get it again because I think it’s making me bloated anyway! And I think I would rather have an apple with peanut butter.

  5. Gaby
    5 January, 2011 at 12:01 pm (3 years ago)

    I need to do a little more yoga every day! I know how much better it makes me feel. I have had amazing yoga classes lately though and am loving my yoga friends and teachers more and more.
    I love hip openers, many of my teachers are runners and we’ll have entire classes of nothing but leg stretches. It’s crazy how much more I can stretch when I thought I was already flexible! I tend to hold a lot of tension in my back and shoulders so I love heart opening classes and twists are great for those of us with incompetent digestive systems.
    How is that ice cream? I debated grabbing it the other day at WF but I always question my motives when it comes to something so “diet-y” and challenge myself to stay away from them. I figure if I want something low cal I love banana soft serve and it’s cheaper (I did grab a pint of so delicious pomegranate choc chip and some coconut ice cream sandwiches instead!! woohoo!)

    • Maggie
      5 January, 2011 at 12:16 pm (3 years ago)

      @Gaby: To be honest, it’s way overpriced. It was like $4.50 for this thing and it’s gone in one sitting. I’ve bought it a couple times before but I’m not going to get it again because I think it’s making me bloated anyway! And I think I would rather have an apple with peanut butter.

  6. clare
    5 January, 2011 at 5:48 pm (3 years ago)

    Hi Maggie,

    I really didn’t think this Arctic Zero stuff was very good. But LOVE YogaDownload.com! Although I’m a little annoyed…I’ve done every single vinyasa and power class at least twice. This morning I did hip opener #4, lovely.

    • Maggie
      5 January, 2011 at 5:50 pm (3 years ago)

      @clare: yeah, I am actually not going to buy it anymore! it is so expensive and not worth it. I think I’d prefer a nice piece of fruit or a bowl of oatmeal instead anyway. :)

  7. melissa @ the delicate place
    5 January, 2011 at 6:38 pm (3 years ago)

    i hold stress in my neck and shoulders. i’ve tried that arctic freeze a couple years ago and it tasted like a protein shake. i found it too icy :(

    • Maggie
      15 January, 2011 at 11:34 am (3 years ago)

      @melissa: yes, definitely too icy – and too bloaty. I haven’t bought it since this post! I realized it was making my stomach issues worse, ugh.