Sub Zero Temperatures-Yoga-Body Effects-Bob Davis Podcast 805

Minnesotans love to talk about the weather. These days sub zero weather in the upper midwest is a fact of life. How does it effect your yoga practice? Find out in Sub Zero Temperatures-Yoga-Body Effects-Bob Davis Podcast 805.

Minus 32 is a lot colder than 17

First of all when it comes to yoga there’s a big difference between 17 to 20 degrees and 30 degrees below zero. By the way, we’re talking Fahrenheit here, not Celsius.

Our Bodies Don’t Adjust As Quickly As Our Minds

Furthermore we practice in rooms heated sometimes above one hundred degrees. In contrast our bodies are still adjusted to sub zero temperatures.

One Hundred and Thirty Degree Temperature Difference

Hard to believe there is a a one hundred a thirty degree temperature difference between outside and the studio when it is 30 below zero.

Easier To Practice When It’s Thirty

Moreover outside temps see sawing between below zero real temperatures and warm spells of above thirty. This too effects my practice. Yes it’s a lot easier to practice when it’s thirty outside.

Falling On Ice

Finally we’re all dealing with physical exertion beyond spring, fall and summer. Falling on the ice. Shoveling snow. Ice Fishing. Winter fun. They all help get through a tough season but take their toll.

Daily Practice Means Daily Practice

In conclusion it doesn’t matter how cold it is, I am still going out to join the rest of the community in practice. Being committed to a daily practice sometimes means pushing yourself, but it is so worth it. Some days are easier than others but I always feel great after practice.

See you in the studio

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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.

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Ego-Narcissism-Meditation-Yoga-Always-A-Student-Podcast 732

A new study says egos get bigger after meditation and yoga. Wait! What? I thought yoga quiets the ego? Get my reaction to this study in Ego-Narcissism-Meditation-Yoga-Always-A-Student-Podcast 732.

Study Could Shake Up Yoga Community

The study, from Southhampton University makes some claims that might shake up the Yoga community. In the west these days our ‘persona’ is a product and a real thing. Furthermore social media emphasizing the ego.

Yoga Stereotype

Especially relevant is the emphasis placed on youth and beauty. Yoga in the US certainly has a stereotype. So it’s especially relevant given these factors, people may do yoga to feel better about themselves. Is that so bad?

Hitting The Mat To Lose Weight

We come to the mat for many different reasons. For beginners, spirituality usually isn’t one of those reasons. People want to lose weight. Some want to look good for an upcoming event. Others are stressed out. In addition some yogis use the practice to cross-train for a better finish for the marathon or to make their golf game better.

Judgements Aren’t All Bad

We’re not supposed to make judgements. We do, though. One thing I understood years after I started practicing is that yoga amplifies what is inside you. If you’re a jerk, yoga will make you a bigger jerk. I explain how that might work in Ego-Narcissism-Meditation-Yoga-Always-A-Student-Podcast 732.

Yoga Journey

The study didn’t examine how yogis change after practicing for a few years or decades. What if comparisons and judgements are part of the yoga journey? Therefore, if we stay on the path we learn lessons that put the ego in perspective.

Talking About Myself

I spend a lot of time talking about myself in a podcast taking the position that yoga is in fact ego calming. I find that most noteworthy and ironic.

What Is A Healthy Ego?

In conclusion, what is a heathy ego? When does a healthy sense of self become narcissism? For many students of yoga this is a huge part of the journey. Maybe its starts with wanting to lose weight or look good, but ends with profound insights.

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