“Yoga is the cessation of the movements of the mind.” – Patanjali, The Yoga Sutras
(This week's newsletter was composed by our wonderful on-demand teacher and full time writer Elinor Cohen. Check out her Instagram HERE and her amazingly empowering advanced & intermediate sessions on our on-demand archives.)
WHAT IS #YOGAEVERYDAMNDAY ANYWAY?
WHY THE POPULAR HASHTAG IS ABOUT SO MUCH MORE THAN ASANA
Hang out on Instagram long enough and you’re likely to come across #yogaeverydamnday. This hashtag may be popular, but what does it even mean? Do you have to do yoga every day, and is that even safe? Beyond that, does the concept of doing yoga every single day mean that there’s now pressure or competition associated with yoga? Doesn’t that defeat the purpose? These are all questions to consider, so let’s!
First things first, is practicing asana (the physical postures of yoga) safe to do every day? Generally yes, but the most important thing to do is what’s right for your body. If you are practicing strenuous asana every single day to the point where your muscles, joints, and bones feel fatigued, it’s probably a good idea to back off and alternate with a restorative practice like yin yoga.
Aside from that, are there other ways to practice yoga beyond taking a class or participating in asana? Absolutely! Asana is only one of the 8 limbs of yoga.
The 8 Limbs of Yoga
Taking time to live at least one of these limbs each day is still practicing yoga, perhaps sometimes even more intelligently than if you come to your mat. The guiding principle should be your intention – why are you doing #yogaeverydamnday?
The definition of yoga, which is “to yolk” or “to unite.” Putting yourself in any setting that fosters a sense of unity is practicing yoga. For some, that means rolling out their mat in a studio. For others, it’s about getting together with a dear friend over a cup of coffee. Others still find breathwork or a 5-minute morning meditation to be their #yogaeverydamnday. One is not more “yoga” than the other. The practice is ever changing, but never absolute. Whether on or off the mat, yoga is here for you every damn day.
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