Despite any differences between us, I believe we share the same essential desires.
We all want to be healthy. We all want to be happy.
And whether we realize it or not, I believe we all want to live a meaningful life.
How we actually go about making these a reality in our lives…well, that can be the tricky part.
But it doesn’t have to be.
Millions of people all over the world have already discovered one simple path to greater health, happiness, and meaning.
It’s the reason you’re here reading this–yoga.
Yes, yoga has been around for thousands of years, but why the sudden boom in popularity?
Simple. It works. And with modern technology, good news travels fast.
So what exactly is yoga and what does it do for us?
Well, yoga has come to mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people. There are now hundreds of different styles of Western yoga, each emphasizing different aspects of the practice.
But, in each of these styles, the essence remains the same as its original Eastern form. Yoga is both a physical and a mental practice.
The idea is to put the body into a physically beneficial pose or sequence of poses, but most importantly, as yoga instructor Kim Anami reminds us, “In yoga, the poses are a vehicle for the breath.”
Depending on the particular pose, you will be stretching and toning the muscles of the body, lubricating the joints, and/or stimulating the internal organs–all of which do wonderful things for your health.
However, the real power is not in the poses themselves, but in your mind. As I said, yoga is just as much (if not more) of a mental practice as it is a physical one.
During each yoga pose, you are invited to bring your awareness to your breathing and the sensations of the body, both physical and emotional.
This does two important things for us:
- It allows us to stop focusing on our to-do lists, on all things that happened in the past that we can’t change, and all the things in the future that we are worrying about. It allows us to just be in the present moment.
- It allows us to develop greater self awareness–to begin to tune-in to our truest selves.
It’s these two important aspects of yoga that lead to some of the real benefits, many of which are hard to quantify, such as:
- The ability to relax and to better manage stress.
- Improved relationships (with ourselves and others).
- A different outlook on life, with less confusion and greater clarity.
- A sense of internal well-being.
And honestly, these are just scratching the surface of what fruits a consistent yoga practice can grow in your life.
Since you’re here, I’m guessing you’ve heard about some of these amazing benefits of yoga before, and you’re interested in checking it out, but…
You’d rather avoid the hassle of going to a yoga studio.
You’re not crazy about the idea of driving halfway across town (or further).
You’re not really sure you’re up for an hour or more of yoga, even if it is for beginners.
And let’s be honest…you’re not too keen on looking foolish in front of a bunch of people you don’t know.
You would rather just give it a try at home.
But how do you even get started?
Well, yoga DVDs have been around for awhile, and fortunately, there are an increasing number of “online yoga studios” popping up.
Many of the teachers are classes offered are top notch and compared to the prices you would pay at a traditional studio, they are really reasonably priced.
Unfortunately, the burden of trying to sort through where to begin typically falls on you.
Often the videos labeled for beginners are anything but! Plus, they tend to jump all over the place with no natural progression.
Sadly, this can turn a lot of people away from yoga before they really even give it a chance.
What if you just want to start with something short and simple? Something with a natural progression?
Then you’ve come to the right place!
I’ve created YOGADRIENNE just for you. Welcome!
I’m so happy to have you here, and I would be honored to help you give yoga a try. If it works out for you, I am even happier to help you begin your practice and for to figure out ways to actually stick with it that work for you.
My goals here are simple:
- To present yoga and meditation in such a way that it’s simple, understandable, and enjoyable.
- To provide encouragement and support for you on your journey.
- To share examples and insights from my own experience.
- To give you the tools and actions that will aid you in making positive changes in your life.
- To keep things light and fun–because life can be meaningful without taking things too seriously.
Taking you back to where it all began
I first came up with the idea for YOGADRIENNE a year ago, when I was at my Yandara yoga teacher school on the sunny beaches of Mexico.
Yoga had already been working its magic in my life for five years before I decided to attend the training, but it was there that the true essence and powers were finally revealed.
Of course, part of that had to do with the experience of being fully immersed in something, surrounded by nature, and practicing yoga every day, which up until that point, I had never actually done.
But more than any of that, I think it had to do with the amazing teachers and my fellow students.
Rather than merely teaching us the principles of yoga and how to share them with others, our teachers facilitated a journey of self-discovery and introduced us to the concept of satya, or truthfulness.
They helped to create a safe and comfortable space for us to explore true, uninhibited, sharing of ourselves with others.
I can’t even begin to explain how good it feels–the freedom and the levity that come from baring your true self, with all of your imperfections, and feeling 100% completely accepted, with no judgement.
To sit in a circle of people who have just revealed some of their darkest deeds and feelings, and to only love them more because of it.
I remember thinking, this feeling is too good not to be shared with the world! There must be a way to recreate this sort of safe space and incredible community.
I have no disillusions that it will be easy or that it can be done overnight, but I do believe it’s possible–and not just for those who escape to the beaches of Mexico to study yoga for a month!
I believe we can create that sort of freedom and openness right here. I’m not claiming to have all the answers–but I know that with enough people who share this belief, anything is possible.
But before we get ahead of ourselves, we’ve got to start with the basics! Let’s test the waters and allow yoga some time to start working it’s magic for you–one simple step at a time.
What We’ll Cover
The Basics. This is the bulk of what we’ll be learning.
- Yoga poses from the ground up
- Breathing techniques
- Practices for the mind (meditation)
- Exercise (outside of yoga)
Areas for Exploration. These are other areas of my life that I’m passionate about and would love to share with you from time to time.
- Environmental awareness
- Meaning and contribution
Four Great Ways to Get all of This Info
Each of us learns and processes information differently, and I want to make it as simple as possible for you to digest this information in a way that works best for you–and a way that will help make it stick!
So that’s why I am doing my best to provide all of this info in four different formats:
Perfect for visual or verbal learners, the articles include simple step-by-step instructions spelled out for you, as well as demonstrations, pictures, colors, mind maps, and other tools to help you visualize the concepts in your mind’s eye.
Great for visual learners, the videos allow you to see poses and concepts in action before you give them a try yourself. It’s like having a teacher in your home, but with the ability to watch, pause, and replay to your heart’s content!
Wonderful for aural (auditory-musical) learners, the podcasts include guided pose and meditation instructions, most often accompanied by relaxing and soothing music. Download and listen to them at home, in your car, or wherever you happen to be!
Ideally suited for visual, verbal, and physical learners alike, these are index card-sized yoga and meditation instructions you can print out and take with you to practice wherever and whenever you want, without the need to be connected to your computer.
Ready to Take the First Simple Step?
- Please, go ahead and explore this space I created for you!
- Learn more about YOGADRIENNE and about me by visiting my “About” page.
- Go check out the articles, and podcasts, and see which of these (or combination of these) resonates best with you.
- Leave a comment below or connect with me on Facebook or Twitter to say “hi,” to introduce yourself, and to offer feedback. (Visit my “Contact” page for additional info.)
- If you would like the latest tips sent directly to your email, simply enter your name and email address below. As a bonus, you’ll also receive subscriber-only content, such as my guide, The Only 3 Poses You Need to Get Started with Yoga TODAY.
Thank you so much for being here, and I look forward to sharing this journey with you!