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Articles tagged “yoga class”

How is Yoga a lot like Dancing?

Watch the video below to find out how yoga is like dancing:

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How are you hiding in yoga? Are you practicing yoga for yourself or for the way it looks to other people? Are you watching other people in class?

Any other questions about yoga, meditation, or healthy living keep you up at night?

Let me know and I’ll answer you in next Thursday’s Q and A.

xoxo,

Bettina

The Art of Taking Breaks at Work

Productivity experts say that taking breaks at work makes you more productive.

If you can’t make it out to my lunch-time yoga class in Kreuzberg, try the 5 tips I give in my video below to optimize your work breaks.

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ACTION STEP:

Set a timer to go off after 20 minutes. Focus and get stuff done–and really enjoy your quick break when the bell rings.

What do you do to take a break from work?

Any questions about yoga, meditation, or healthy living making you lose sleep at night? Let me know and I’ll answer you in next Thursday’s Q and A.

xoxo,

Bettina

PS: Shooting on location somehow meant that my forehead got chopped. I’m not a professional cameraperson. What else can I say?

How strong is your NOW muscle?

What’s a ‘now’ muscle? And how strong is yours?

Watch my video below to find out.

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ACTION QUESTIONS & STEPS:

What do you want to do?

Make a list of the reasons why you’re not doing it now.

How real are your excuses?

Do it now now now.

As always, if you’ve got any questions about yoga, meditation, or healthy living, let me know and I’ll answer you in next Thursday’s Q and A video.

xoxo,

Bettina

Advantages of a Live Yoga Class versus Yoga Videos

One of my best friends just moved to a new city to follow her partner’s career. She’s deeply homesick and struggling to find roots in her new town. To find her feet, she immediately looked for a yoga studio. She found one that feels good and like home, but recently she just wanted to cry through an entire yoga class. She wouldn’t be the first nor the last to cry through class.

We hold our feelings in our bodies, whether stress or sadness. Sometimes our yoga practice is the only time we allow for intimate internal focus in a safe environment, so that’s when the tears come. And you can really cry in class. Everyone is focused on themselves, and your teacher has seen it all. It feels good to acknowledge your feelings in a semi-public space.

A live group class format allows you to, moreover,

♥ be inspired and supported by the community of students around you

♥ learn progressively, building upon what you’ve learned before rather than piecemeal learning cobbled here and there

♥ deepen your understanding of one yoga style

ask for help from your teacher and your fellow students

♥ accountability to keep going and growing so that you can see internal and external results

Elena Brower yoga quote
Elena Brower, one of the most authentic yoga teachers I’ve met online.

There are some great yoga videos out there on the internet. They give a taste of a teacher’s style, expose you to something new and perhaps way beyond your level, inform you about specific asanas /postures, and keep your practice going strong at home or while on the road.

But a video is not a replacement for a local yoga teacher, because a live teacher

♥ corrects you in your postures

♥ inspires you to do the postures you’d usually skip on your own (everyone, even yoga teachers, have those!)

♥ introduces you to new teachings that you may not have searched out yourself or even known to search out

In the end, online & in person (that is, offline) yoga teacher Tiffany Cruikshank sums it up best:Tiffany Cruikshank yoga quote
What do you find helpful about yoga classes and yoga videos?

Would you want to see yoga videos from me?

Let me know your thoughts and reactions in the comments.

xoxo,

Bettina

Why pay money for yoga class?

Oooh, CONTROVERSIAL! I am going to talk about money in connection with yoga, even though it’s a topic many people skirt in the wellness world. But it’s essential to answer–what is yoga worth?

Watch my video below to learn how I put a value on classes & education of any sort.

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ACTION QUESTIONS:

Instead of the usual steps, I have some questions for you to ask yourself below.

1. If you’re happy with where you are now, continue doing what got you here. If you’d like to be somewhere different in the future, how willing are you to make those changes happen on a scale of 1 to 10? How invested are you in your own growth? 

2. If you want to change things in your life, how can you make sure you don’t let the usual barriers of procrastination, confusion, self-doubt, self-criticism and insecurity stand between you and the changes you want to see happen?

One of my psychological tricks on myself is to put my money where my intention is. With my energy and money invested, I am less likely to procrastinate.

And you? Do you have any psychological tricks to make yourself live out your goals & intentions? Please share them with me.

As always, if you’ve got any questions about yoga, meditation, or healthy living, let me know and I’ll answer you in next Thursday’s Q and A video.

xoxo,

Bettina