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What I know for sure is that teaching yoga is a practice of stepping out of the narrow-centered self into a space that is expansive, empathetic and of being of service.  The world we live in today often can feel isolating.  There is a feeling of “one most go at it alone”.  Face to face contact is replaced more and more by face to screen contact.  We also seem to live with more fear of each other, fear that someone knows more than me, someone is better than me, someone is not willing to help me.  Think about it.  How many times do you actually make any kind of attempt to reach out to a stranger?  Do you even say hello, or even smile, to people anymore?

When I think about this, I think of all the lost opportunity to experience our human interconnectedness.  I think of all the missed chances to grow compassion for others.  And growing in compassion is the way toward more enlightenment, according to the Dalai Lama (who obviously knows a thing or two about the topic!).

Take a moment and consider how could you experience more compassion for others and express it.  How could you be more present and connected to everyone (not just those closest to you) in your community? How could you grow in your expression of together rather than alone?

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3 Things I’ve Learned from Yoga Jones by HYL Yogi: Liz

yogaI’m not sure about you, but I can hardly contain my excitement for tomorrow’s release of Orange is the New Black, Season 3. A newer fan to the series, I’ve had a few favorite characters along the way, but one character always remains the top on my list: Erica “Yoga” Jones.

Yoga Jones earned her spot in the Litchfield Penitentiary after an unfortunate accident many years ago on her farm, but has always tried to make the most of her sentence.

Her fellow inmates can certainly learn a lot from her actions and words. And if you think about it, we can all learn a lot from Yoga Jones. Here are three things that she has taught me these past two seasons.

  1. Do Yoga –  Whenever possible, do yoga! Sure, you may not have time for an hour and a half power class, but you can make time for a pose. Stand up from your desk once every hour and do your favorite pose. Or hide in the conference room for a blissful, five-minute Savasana. Jones heads up the yoga program at the prison, and although it’s not super popular, I’m confident we’ll see a spike in yogis in Season 3.
  2. Be Nice – It’s really that simple. Not everyone or everything will make you happy every day. That’s just a fact of life. But by having a bit of compassion and empathy, you’ll find that being a nice person will go a long way. And as a result, it will make you happier. Yoga Jones always tries to take her fellow inmates under their wing, by asking them how they feel. She is always there to listen, add her words of wisdom, and most important, she is nice.
  3. Put Things into Perspective – In the first episode, Yoga Jones tells main character, Piper, to look at her experience in prison as a mandala, which are sand designs that Tibetan monks made, only to be washed away weeks later. She tells Piper to make her stay meaningful, beautiful and know that it is only temporary. So the next time you have a bad day, remember that it is only temporary and tomorrow will be better.

I’m sure after reading this, you’re all jonesing for some yoga! Stop on by Health Yoga Life today and tell your favorite instructor that Yoga Jones sent you!