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Why Going to India Won’t Make You a Better Yogi – and What Will Instead

Laurel donning sari right Eileen of Yoga Moves Australia headed to Sharath’s wedding.

Laurel donning sari right Eileen of Yoga Moves Australia headed to Sharath’s wedding.

Early on in my yoga career, I went to India.

Nowadays, we see yogis and yoga teachers heading to India en masse, for yoga tourism. Some make the journey because they are driven seekers; others want to look legitimate in an increasingly competitive yoga market.

When I went, I wanted to be a stronger, more dedicated and proficient yogi. I truly wanted to learn and grow. And I wanted my teacher’s blessings to open the first dedicated yoga studio in Columbus, Ohio.

Which I got.

I also secretly wished that my practice—and the discipline (tapas) to do it everyday– would get easier.

But it didn’t.

There I stood on my mat staring at the shala (yoga school) wall painted half maroon, half maize yellow, half way around the world.

Laurel outside the yoga shall after an early morning yoga practice.

Laurel outside the yoga shall after an early morning yoga practice.

In a flash, I hit me like a ton of bricks:

No one was going to do my practice for me. No one. And
being in India didn’t make doing it any easier.

It was what you call an AHA moment.

One of the greatest challenges of yoga —and its gifts — is establishing a daily personal practice.
Daily.

Without this, progress is elusive, even frustrating. And it’s difficult to begin the real work of yoga, which is to learn to listen intently to your body, as if you were having a conversation with it.

The good news?

The quickest way to become a better yogi is to start a personal practice. And you can begin with just 10 minutes a day.

Get my Zen Ten mat video and handout. Yours free when you click on the link below.

http://laurelhodory.com/zen10

After you give it try, jump on over to my blog, and let me know how it’s going!

Love and brilliance,

 

Laurel Hodory yoga teacher training

What the Fuzz?

Did you know you’re a fuzz factory?

You grow fuzz in your body every single night. Literally.

There’s something in your body akin to saran wrap. It’s that sheer white stuff you’ve seen if you’ve ever cleaned raw chicken. It’s called fascia and we all have it—gobs of it. Sometimes referred to as our second skeleton, fascia is much stiffer than muscle and softer than bone.

Fascia doesn’t get a lot of blood flow, and so consequently, it is more rigid. As we age, it dries up and gets harder, inhibiting movement.

If you don’t stretch daily, the fuzz turns into a glorified mummification over a lifetime reducing range of motion over time.

If you don’t believe me, check out this very real video by fascia expert Gil Hadley.

Click below to watch the video

what the fuzz video

We take it for granted that this is a natural part of the aging process. It’s not.

Our bodies were meant to move. Period.

Come join me and start having more fun February 25-March 1st for Light Up Your Practice.

Love and fuzz-lessness,

Laurel Hodory yoga teacher training

The Secret to Why Yogis Have More Fun

  • They’re flexible—literally and figuratively.
  • They savor and live in the moment.
  • Everything is easy compared to yoga.
  • Challenges are just an opportunity to expand and grow.
  • They’re always just a breath away from a yoga practice.

why yogis have more fun

Click here to watch video

Come join me and start having more fun February 25-March 1st for Light Up Your Practice.

If you’re new to yoga, try a private yoga lesson or my on demand Yoga Experience guaranteed to make you smile.

See you on the mat!

Love and laughter,

Laurel Signature