Nadi Shodhana

Wow, now it’s gone mainstream?
Surprised to see this HERE !
Certainly it’s good to do on a mat before or after your yoga practice but …
when I am stuck in really bad traffic, you might see me doing this:) Traffic is getting worse in Silicon Valley/Bay Area in general with more and more frantic drivers. Let’s find that mat and find our breath:)

There’s a reason we seek out alternative medicine.

No side effects ! Only positive effects:)
Of course we need Western medicine for acute care and many many times we are saved by the advances made in modern medicine. If it weren’t for advances in Western medicine, many of us would not be here today, I get that. I am grateful that there’s this healthcare that serves the needs of us all. (Truly hope that’s the case anyway.)

Yet alternative medicine of valid, scientifically evidenced based nature can serve to compliment the Western medicine in areas Western medicine do not care to cover or is not in their scope to care about. For example, if you have chronic pain, do you continue to rely on drugs like Opiod? Is that the only way? What about back pains? Is surgery the answer? Alternative medicine like therapeutically oriented yoga, acupuncture, tai-chi, Qui-Gong, chiropractic sessions, EXERCISE! (Ayurveda, homeopathy, herbs) – These kinds of healing modalities are not a cure; it’s not overnight miracles. Mostly, it should be about preventative medicine… It’s more of a shift in choices we make, a lifestyle change where you have to do it repeatedly on regular basis and results are not drastic or right after one lesson or one session. We know this but don’t stick with it. In Yogic philosophy terms, it’s about progressing from a Tamasic state to … Rajastic … then cultivating that well balanced Sattvic state of being. Ultimately, it’s about a person taking responsibility for her/his own health and setting a goal to stick with it.

Once you do, the “results” are subtle. It may be more that you only notice the discomforts over time when you SKIP THE PRACTICE – then you slip again, slowly over time into downward spiral.
The positive effects of disciplined repeated practice may be very gradual and sometimes slow … like simmering good pot of stew, you let it simmer over time, stir it, season it … let it cook … slowly, souly. Let it take time enjoying the aroma, the warmth … the gathering of friends … find a garnish, sprig of mints, basil … dollop of cream, curls of shaved cheese … parsley, sage … it’s Sattvic

Nourishment – to boost your immunity and give the vitality to shine bright:)
Sharing THIS:)

Seems like a no brainer to try Yoga – it’s low cost, needs no hardware. Barefoot, you just need your body and mind.

Ah, a mat might help …
and few props:)

Restorative Yoga – Misunderstood

It’s not Yin yoga.

Newer studios or newer teachers tend to offer Yin & Restorative, putting both in the same basket but according Judith Lasater, teachers’ teachers’ teacher, they are best as a separate class or if they are merged for marketing or practical purposes, each style well defined and giving enough time to segway into ample time for restorative portion – for that class to actually do something – 90 minutes – so both can somehow manage to be be well integrated for that special brew of a blend. That’s according to my teacher, being the purist. It’s hard to find a “purist” or the authority or expert in the fields sometimes because of the pressures to pack the class with bodies.

Yin’s intention is totally not the same as Restorative – and we know how intentions for what we do defines that time we engage in what we do to actually affect the quality of the class. Without the intention part, there’s no shift in our consciousness, no power for transformation. It’s that mindless unconscious head space otherwise and we are just flinging our body parts around into different shapes just because. If restorative is radical and complete relaxation to illicit para-sympathetic nervous system to do wonders for you, yin is on a physical level about connective tissues and internal organs health – similar to the intent of acupuncture treatment in unblocking clogged/obstructed meridian channels. Also it’s a practice to find that calm and peace with the discomforts and stillness we cultivate in a world that’s fast moving, loud, agitating and turbulent. As the name Yin suggests, it’s based on Chinese medicine principles of dualism vis -a- vis oneness, wholeness and harmony. If you’ve been to a “real” restorative class and then to a “real” yin class, the difference between the two is so clear. One is about withdrawal of senses – the other, quite the opposite, it’s about tuning into the senses – for some, that could be about noticing and being in their own body for the first time or it could be about …rediscovery. Yes, they are both softer side of yoga but it’s as different as apples to oranges – yeah, they are both fruits and they are both sweet but … Okay, maybe not that drastic but … it’s definitely not the same. Not even close. The trouble is that there are fewer and fewer teachers willing to provide the real restorative experiences because just by numbers alone, it does not appear as profitable = it’s not possible to pack in many students per square footage for a quality class. It’s more complicated with the props and the mood we want to create. If it were truly restorative, there may even be a cap of 10 students per class, per teacher so that the supportive props are truly supportive and that the teacher is willing and actually able to mirror back the beauty of each soul who appear before her with no judgment or ego. Just trauma sensitive and holding space, just allowing the students to get over themselves and get out of their own way. Allowing the students to arrive to homeostasis by calibrating their own ability to heal.

It is too bad that many never get to experience the pure yin and pure restorative. I feel guilty too for not offering that purity even though I know how beneficial it would be … While I talk of being a purist, I too am guilty of fusion style. But drawing from all kinds of traditions, teachers and … coming up with a recipe that’s nourishing for the soul. As a lover of foods, an analogy would be like a chef who specializes in French cuisine, with years of training becoming an authority in French cooking … like Julia Child. Then there’s Martin Yan, another great chef when it comes to Chinese cooking where his expertise lies. Would it be as great if Marin Yan cooked French?; and Julia Child cooked up Chinese dishes? I am sure they are capable and with the skill set they already have as a chef, they can (with some lessons) BUT … why? Why don’t we leave the French cuisine experience to Julia Child; and Chinese delicacies to Martin Yan not Gordon Ramsay, not Alice Waters. They are all great but they area great because they are so dedicated, passionate and trained extensively in that style of cooking. So … Why be a generalist when you can be so superb in that one field whether it be French cooking mastery to Yin yoga style or restorative or power yoga.

Maybe we are all asked to be a generalist. Whatever gets you to the mat, right?

Well …

Here’s Andrea Pelosa I had the pleasure of assisting Judith Lasater with, as she’s one of the lead assistants to those apprenticing under Judith.
I used to be a team leader in a corporate job setting and so Andrea was like a team leader when team of us were assisting the master teacher with the lovely Lizzie by her side.
She is super knowledgeable and here she shares that through this interview. Not everyone need to agree but … a purist, I can appreciate.

Very educational ! Here it is:

019: Restorative Yoga with Andrea Peloso