Week six of Yoga Tree Teacher Training. I missed Friday night’s lecture because I was feeling sick along with my two sick babies;( Or in yogi speak, one isn’t ‘sick’ they’re ‘cleansing’ their bodies.
I’d heard of this before and finally tried it: Oil Pulling. Highly recommend. My sore throat was gone by the next morning! Coconut oil seems to be the miracle product of nature for healthy hair and skin. Ingesting it, pulling it and applying it are all recommended. There may not be a cure for alopecia, but there are a ton of remedies. Topical treatments and injections. Acupuncture and hypnosis. Vitamins and Minerals: folic acid, biotin, vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin E, iron, copper and zinc. Plant extracts: tea tree oil, he shou wu, nettle extract, saw palmetto and gotu kola. Essential Oils: Rosemary, Lavender, Cedarwood and Sandalwood – mixed in a base of either vitamin E, jojoba, or olive oil. Apple Cider Vinegar, Coconut Oil, Onion Juice? Finding the right combination is the hard part since each case is so unique; what works for some does not work for others. Trying it all and staying positive… fortunately, I’ve had about 90% regrowth.
These questions have been on my mind about yoga – who, what, where, when, why yogis practice? Especially – what does yoga look like? I was thinking about this a lot last night while studying for my alignment test this weekend. There’s the general form of an asana and the ideal form of an asana. I procrastinated and spent time looking at photos of beautiful yoga poses on Pinterest. Yoga models doing crazy arm balances on rocks with breaking waves beyond, beautiful warriors and wheels against mountains or picture perfect sunset backdrops, strong trees and handstands in a forrest and peaceful lotuses by a waterfall or another sunset…
For the most part, they were all in the ideal form of the poses, but they are of a split second captured by film. The general form is 99.9% of the time; it is the presence of working toward the proper alignment of a posture. It is a practice of aligning the mind, body and spirit that doesn’t need to take place on a 2’x7′ overpriced rubber mat, or in a yoga studio. Or in lululemon. I believe yoga can be practiced throughout the day because it is any moment that is experienced with mindfulness. I was drawn to photos of elderly yogis and moms with their babies, (or model moms with their model babies), in general yoga poses because this is what I find truly inspiring.
After pinning some inspirational images late last night of what yoga means to me, I serendipitously came across this great article today: The Coolest Yoga Pose Ever ❤