Soul of Yoga, November 2022

QUOTES:
  • T.K.V. Desikachar: “Your yoga practice must always be a little more clever than your habits (tapas).”
  • Leslie Kaminoff: “Yoga is not about doing the asanas; it’s about undoing what’s in the way of the asanas.”
  • T.K.V. Desikachar: “The recognition of confusion is a form of clarity.”
  • Leslie Kaminoff: “The benefit of learning a new breathing technique is unlearning your old way of breathing.”
  • Leslie Kaminoff: “If you can make even a tiny bit of positive change in something you do a lot of (breathing, walking), that’s a lot of positive change.”
  • Leslie Kaminoff: “Asanas don’t have alignment, people have alignment. Asana is something people do, it does not exist outside of an individual’s body.”
  • From Leslie’s work with Amy Matthews, which references her work with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen: “Alignment is a clear pathway of weight passing through balanced joint spaces.”
  • Leslie Kaminoff: “Figuring out (swadhaya) what is negotiable (tapas) and what is not (ishvara pranidhana) – based on your anatomy – is the basis of Yoga practice.”
  • Leslie Kaminoff: “Flexibility without strength is instability. Strength without flexibility is rigidity.”
  • Leslie Kaminoff: “The simpler the practice, the more sophisticated a relationship you can have with it.”
  • T.K.V. Desikachar: “Yoga therapy is 90% waste removal.”
  • Leslie Kaminoff: “Our job is not to focus on what has gone wrong in a person’s body. Our job as yoga educators is to focus on what is still going right.”
  • Leslie Kaminoff: “Variation is normal. Your body is normal for you.”

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What is Flexibility, and How Much Do We Really Need?

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