Overdoing Yoga-Yoga Overload-Every Damn Day-Podcast 761

These days I do so much yoga I have added a podcast about it. Every Damn Day. I wouldn’t have it any other way. Can you do too much? We’ll talk about it in Overdoing Yoga-Yoga Overload-Every Damn Day-Podcast 761.

Yoga Challenge

At the studio where I practice we have something called ‘The Yoga Challenge’. This podcast details how a “Type A” person responds to a ‘challenge’.

Thirty in Thirty

There are different levels to the challenges. Some people do ten practices in a month. Some do twenty. Fewer do ‘thirty in thirty’, First time I signed up for the challenge I thought, there’s no way.

Winning At Yoga

Moreover, as a yoga addict from way back, I realized the way to ‘win’ the challenge is to double dip. ‘Winning’ is finishing first. Especially relevant is the reminder that there is no real ‘winning‘. You simply ‘do’ thirty classes in a month and that’s the challenge. But it’s fun and even more challenging to try and finish first. That means two classes a day. For some, it might mean three. How much is too much?

Teachable Moments

In addition to pushing yourself, the challenge and ‘race’ to the finish line has some very teachable moments. I talk about them in Overdoing Yoga-Yoga Overload-Every Damn Day-Podcast 761.

No Sleep

Yes I do the challenge every time the studio does it. It has deepened my practice. Yes you get sore. Yes you get tired. Who cares though, right? It has also raised my consciousness to the point where I don’t sleep and I am very energetic. What’s wrong with that?

Yes You Can

In conclusion we don’t want to cause injuries. However sometimes when we think we can’t we find out we can. By the way, these yoga podcasts are always done from the point of view of a lifelong student of yoga, not a teacher. These are my impressions as a humble student.

Sponsored by Ryan Plumbing and Heating of Saint Paul and Hydrus Performance

Overdoing Yoga-Yoga Overload-Every Damn Day-Podcast 761

Yoga Purists-Change-Always A Student-Bob Davis Podcast 746

Lobby time at the Yoga studio. Lots of discussion about yoga and life. One of my teachers suggested I talk about Yoga Purists in my next Yoga Podcast. Sometimes change is the challenge in Yoga Purists-Change-Always A Student-Bob Davis Podcast 746.

Good Habits Can Be Limiting

Especially relevant is the pace of our busy life. My solution to a busy pace is to create habits. Same classes. Same times. Yoga Every Damn Day. The same yoga.

These days some yogis feel strongly about spirituality in yoga. Moreover some yogis feel one type of practice is THE practice and that’s all they do.

Is yoga a religion?

I used to think it was not. Two veteran teachers have told me Yoga IS a religion. The spiritual component is there if you want it. We’ll talk about it in Yoga Purists-Change-Always A Student-Bob Davis Podcast 746.

Do I Have To Be Spiritual?

Does a yogi have to be ‘spiritual’. Moreover does a yogi have to be observant? My young teacher training friends tell me new people these days come in because of the spiritual component. What if you’re not so interested in that part of the practice.

This Practice Is The Only Practice

Finally I started with one ‘kind’ of yoga. I thought that one kind of yoga was the be all and end all. Like many ‘hotties’ I thought we were the strongest and the best practitioners of yoga. I was a purist.

One night the sculpt teacher across the hall didn’t show up and the sculpt students joined our ‘Bikram style’ hot class. ‘Bikram’ purists have often remarked, “Sculpt Is Not Yoga”. This would be the proof.

It’s Not A Competition, then again…

Moreover, I am here to tell you those sculpt students kicked our asses and convinced me I had to try sculpt.

Consequently branching out turned out to be a path to growth. Furthermore, sculpt made me stronger and improved my other practices. imagine learning a practice I thought ‘wasn’t’ yoga could make me stronger and a better yogi.

Go With It!

In conclusion creating habits to accomplish goals is a good thing. In contrast habits can also make us reluctant to accept change. Classes change. Teacher’s schedules shift. Studios offer more of one type of class than another. The one constant is change.

Sometimes if we go with the flow, we are shocked to find we like it more!

(Editor’s Note: In this podcast I refer to a purist as an iconoclast, which is of course the exact opposite of a purist. Sometimes I crack myself up.)

Sponsored by Water Butler Purification Systems and Hydrus Performance

Yoga Purists-Change-Always A Student-Bob Davis Podcast 746

 

Mens Yoga Classes-Body Transformations-Yoga For Men-Always A Student-Podcast 694

Yoga studios are now marketing to men. Special deals and offers abound, in an effort to get more men to practice. There are many misconceptions about yoga by men. We’ll talk about some of them in Mens Yoga Classes-Body Transformations-Yoga For Men-Always A Student-Podcast 694.

Yoga For Men Is Always Good

I’ve practiced yoga in hot rooms for many years so you can imagine my surprise recently when a man told me this was unhealthy. Moreover, he went on, exercise in any kind of heat is ‘stupid’. I had to laugh because after almost twenty years and a lot of hot yoga I am still alive! In addition, I’ve talked a lot about yoga in hot rooms in some of my yoga podcasts.

Where Are The Men?

These days there’s quite a controversy in the yoga world about the origins of Yoga and men. Some say the discipline was the province of only men until recently. Go to any yoga studio in the United States and you’ll usually find more women than men. What happened? In Mens Yoga Classes-Body Transformations-Yoga For Men-Always A Student-Podcast 694.

Body Transformations

Especially relevant is the body transformation mentality. Guys want to be rough and tough. We want to build muscles. Lifting weights seems to be where most of us start because we think yoga would never build muscles fast enough. My experience has been that a daily yoga practice is the single best thing I can do for my own well being. Especially as I get older. What’s more, most of the CrossFit guys I know fully support yoga as a training option.

Yoga For Men Is Intense

Furthermore men and women have different kinds of energy. Certain practices can be just as intense and competitive as anything else men do for exercise but there’s so much more to yoga. It’s a community. The practice also results in a mental as well as physical transformation.

Always A Student

Many guys I know in great shape use yoga to cross train or just to relax. As someone who has always been an experiential learner I never stopped to ask whether yoga is ‘for’ men or women. For me, it was more about what yoga did for me rather than what all the so called experts say it does. Once I started there was no turning back. Find out why in Mens Yoga Classes-Body Transformations-Yoga For Men-Always A Student-Podcast 694.

Sponsored by Brush Studio in The West End Saint Louis Park Minnesota and Reliafund.

Mens Yoga Classes-Body Transformations-Yoga For Men-Always A Student-Podcast 694

 

Desk Time Lobby Time-Yoga Community Experience-Podcast 674

If you practice yoga you’ve, heard talk about the yoga community. For me, it starts in the studio before and after class. We’ll talk about it in Desk Time Lobby Time-Yoga Community Experience-Podcast 674.

Working At Home Can Make You A Shut In

I run my own business and I work out of my home. I don’t know if it will always be this way, but the truth is, I kind of like working from home. For me, the most social point of the day is daily practice and the time at the yoga studio.

Emotional and Energetic High Point Of The Day

When I first started practicing I heard a lot of talk about the yoga community. Is the community something that can be activated to serve a purpose? I think it is a little more etherial than that. We come together for the joy of practicing yoga. People who probably would never socialize in any other venue turn out to be the best people you’d ever want to meet. In Desk Time Lobby Time-Yoga Community Experience-Podcast 674.

What’s Desk Time and Lobby Time

At my studio the teachers call it desk time and lobby time. That period of time before and after class when they check students in and after when they’re available to talk with students about their experience. Sometimes it is a lot more than just customer service. Teachers and students have great conversations about all kinds of things.

The Social Experience At Yoga

In Desk Time Lobby Time-Yoga Community Experience-Podcast 674 we’ll talk about how much socializing is too much at the studio. Especially relevant is the fact that sometimes I can’t shut up! Much has been written these days about teachers who talk too much. What about us students? Where is the line between getting in the way and having a good time?

A Young Business Delivering Great Customer Service

Finally the business of yoga is a young business. Most of the teachers and managers are younger. There’s a lot of talk these days about millennials and their approach to work. Much of that talk is negative. My experience is these younger adults are exceptional at delivering a consistent experience for their yoga students and great at customer service in this environment. We talk about it in Desk Time Lobby Time-Yoga Community Experience-Podcast 674.

Sponsored by Reliafund and Ryan Plumbing and Heating of Saint Paul

Desk Time Lobby Time-Yoga Community Experience-Podcast 674