Welcome to the first-ever Youthful Yogis Fireside Chat!
Fireside Chats, in case you are wondering, were talks given many years ago over the radio. They were broadcast in the evenings when families were gathered around the fire after dinner. Fireside chats began at a time when there was no TV or Internet--can you even imagine that?! They were a way to help spread information and to answer questions that people might have on various topics.
Let me explain: it turns out that there are lots of questions people have regarding all the stuff we do in yoga class.
Soooo.....here is the fireplace; make yourselves comfortable and now we'll get started!
Question: "My teacher begins and ends each yoga class by making a funny noise.Usually all the other students in the class make the funny noise also. Are they trying to tell me something?"
Answer: I am quite sure the "funny noise" you are talking about is the sound of OM, which is pronounced a little like "home" but without the "h". Om is a mantra, which is a word or sound with special meaning. When we chant the mantra OM, we are creating a vibration, or resonance, like when you draw a bow over the string of a cello. Chanting Om helps us to feel connected to all that surrounds us, and that's one reason we use it in yoga classes.
Question: "My teacher keeps saying 'Listen to your breath'...is she crazy? I can hardly hear my cell phone ringing when I'm with my friends, how am I supposed to hear the sound of my breath?"
Also, if your breath is smooth and deep, your yoga practice is suiting you just fine. If you are gasping for air or--please do not try this at home--not breathing at all, it probably means you need to slow down or take a rest. If you listen to your breath, you will hear what it is telling you!
Answer: There are quite a few "resting" poses in yoga, but that weird guy to your left is NOT doing one of them!
I'll cover resting poses another time, but for now you can try one pose that Youthful Yogis like a lot...it's called Child's Pose, the Sanskrit name for it is Balasana and here is what it looks like....
Question: "My brain is tired and I'm getting hungry. Can we roast marshmallows now?"
Thanks for joining me today for the first-ever Youthful Yogis Fireside Chat. Stay healthy and I'll see you again soon!