Friday is here! Is vinyasa flow = church?

Side plank!

Side plank!

Hi yogis!

The warm weather is back again and I'm pretending that we aren't really getting more snow this weekend. Today it was in the 50's! 

I have been inspired to contribute to the #springintobalance Instagram and one of this weeks poses was side plank. I was also inspired to do the camel pose for Monday night's pose! 

Camel pose!

Camel pose!

Camel pose seemed like a great pose to start off the week as it puts you in a very vulnerable state with the chest expansion that it offers. Later in the week I was talking with a friend about developing her yoga practice further and I had suggested that she try doing a couple poses that allow for more vulnerability. Her biggest concern was the religious affiliation attached to yoga. Of course Buddhism was mentioned which is a very common assumption. Like so many people she seemed intimidated by the thought of practicing something that was against the religion that she was already practicing. 

One of the most challenging parts of the sales pitch to friends and family that yoga is pretty much the answer for everything is explaining the fact that there is no religious association. When you think about it, there are 24 million yogis and an estimated 300-500 million Buddhists. But the reality is, yoga has been around much longer than Buddhism. The practice has evolved as it initially was a mental, internal meditation and it now has evolved into a physical practice as well for many. Either way, it's still a way for you to turn in and focus on yourself. Often in yoga, one practices with an intention or mantra. Throughout the practice one chooses to offer and surrender to a higher power as well. This higher power could be anything that you choose, whether it be Mother Earth, a God, or some higher being. But that is an individual choice, allowing for each yogi to make that choice for him or herself, and only if one chooses to. 

For me one of the most attractive parts of the practice is the sole idea that it's entirely an individual choice as to where you want your practice to go and evolve. I've found the home practice to really be a part where yogis can really develop their practice into something that they are individually passionate about. Just something to think about. 

Tonight, embracing the warm weather outside, we decided to walk to dinner and take some shots of me with lotus hands along the way. The beauty of the lotus flower never ceases to amaze me. The thought of something so pure and beautiful coming about through the mucky water is just amazing. I liken it to someone's yoga practice and how they blossom into a new a rewarding life by walking hand and hand with a yoga practice. 

Lotus flower in Lincoln Park!

Lotus flower in Lincoln Park!

Shine your heart yogis and share that warmth!

Maria 

#sprintintobalance #lotusflower #chicago #yogaeverydamnday

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