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Ask The Yogis: What Would You Tell Your Beginner Yogi Self?

Ask The Yogis: What Would You Tell Your Beginner Yogi Self?

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 6:46am
ask the yogis, Washington D.C.

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Sari Leigh, The Anacostia Yogi:
"I would have told myself to be a student. I was so eager to teach and lead that I didn't enjoy the surrender and joy of learning. I wish I would have sat at the feet of my teachers and been more passive and receptive to their experiences that led them to yoga."

Check out a trailer from one of Sari's videos. You can rent or buy on Vimeo.

Jessica Lazar of Flow Yoga Center: 
"I would assure myself that the refuge of practice would stand me in excellent stead as a parent. When you have a daily conduit for self-study, you are more likely to discover your own blind-spots before they become problematic--that is, before you start acting upon them, make them into habits, and suffer the consequences of those patterns."

Amy Rizzotto of Yoga Heights DC:
Savor the moments of ease just as much as the push towards effort. One of the most famous sutras in  Patanjali's Yoga Sutras is "sthira sukham asanam," which roughly translates to "the posture is steady and comfortable." Sthira means steady or firm and can be equated to the work and effort we put into our practice. Sukha means comfortable or with ease and can be thought of as synonymous with relaxation and rest. In all things, yoga classes included, it's important to listen to what our bodies need and embrace the release just as much as the drive. "

Check out Amy's blog, MOARFit for healthy recipes 

Sara Crosby of extendYoga:
At the beginning of my practice, I was always very aware and concerned with what I looked like in relation to others.  I was constantly looking around the room and subconsciously comparing myself to them.  And in doing that, I was missing the very essence of the practice, to be aware of my own breath moving through my own body, just as it was at that moment.  Yoga is the antitheses of competition, a release from the control of the ego.  How you look in a pose is so much less crucial than how you feel in a pose."

Check out Sara's new Facebook page! She will also be leading a Full Moon Workshop with live music at extendYoga on October 10th. Details coming soon on the extendYoga website.

Jane Bahneman of Blue Nectar Yoga:
Patience. All things in due time. Nothing good happens with forcing it."

Stacey DeGrasse of Capitol Hill Yoga:
"I would tell myself that practice is progress. There have been so many times when I felt like I was stuck in my practice and that breakthroughs were getting less frequent. In the early days this would cause me to back off of practice because I thought it wasn't making much of a difference. But in the past few years I have become much more disciplined. I practice when I don't really want to and I practice through the times when progress is indiscernible. And via this disciplined course of action, my breakthroughs happen when I least expect them. That is how I know that when I practice, there is always progress even if I don't tangibly observe it that day."

Angela Meyer of the YMCA:
Understand the depth of what you are practicing, stay curious about everything, never accept anything as THE TRUTH, find a community and teachers you resonate with that will hold you accountable, show up even when you don’t want to."

Angela will be leading a 200 Hour Yoga Alliance Teacher Training Program that will start in November 2014. Details.

Krista Block of Flow Yoga Center, Buddha B Yoga, and extendYoga
Work from the inside out. Don't worry about the shapes of poses, but try to understand what is shifting on the muscular and energetic levels to create space in the body allowing the pose to happen. Some poses may not seem super exciting, but learning the internal dynamics in more basic parts of the practice will hold the key to understanding how to approach something more advanced down the road."

Watch Krista do awesome things ... 

Lauren Jacobs of CorePower Yoga and Stroga:
I could answer this question about one million ways.  Hmmm, I am going to go with:  "this practice, like life, is 'just a journey...It's not lost or won.'" By the way, I plagiarized that line; I stole it directly from "Go for a Ride," a song my brother wrote. (@dirtyblind and @ptjay87, you're welcome!)"

Lauren will be leading Yoga Sculpt Teacher Training at CPY Georgetown, starting October 24! Early bird pricing available through September 24! email her at if interested.