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March 20, 2007



I found this personal anecdote very encouraging. How long have you been practicing yoga? I've always wanted to get into it - any suggestions for a beginner looking to incorporate the mental/spiritual aspects and not just doing poses?


Hi Jen! I attended my first class 14 years ago, as a teenager. Then I studied books, videos, and attended classes whenever possible. Yoga was as widespread in the 90's, and I was a college student, so mostly I explored on my own. I got serious in 2001, and now I'm a Certified Purna Yoga instructor (which means that I have over 2,000 hours of training).

There are some styles of yoga that lend themselves more to the big picture Yoga, as opposed to the pseudo-aerobics contortionism one sometimes finds. The trick, in my observation, is finding a teacher who really understands the anatomy and physiology - so that they can help you stay safe in whatever amount of physicality is involved. Check out my posting from Jan 7 on choosing a teacher. Of course, I highly recommend finding a Purna Yoga teacher, because we address the mental/emotional/spiritual and physical aspects of the practice. Good luck with your search! If you want further insight, you can e-mail me at: seattleyoginiATcomcastDOTnet

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