When you think of yoga, what do you think of? Do you think of stretching, or maybe you think of someone deep in the Himalayas who floats while meditating and can withstand the freezing temperatures with just a robe on.
What if there was more to yoga than just the above? Could the act of moving and stretching be just a small component of the entirety of a yoga practice?
Joining us for this week's episode is Antonella and Jordan of Gravity Lift Yoga. They are a dynamic yoga duo who provide more to their classes than just the “stretch” portion. They are on a mission to build a community within the yoga world, while also teaching all 8 limbs of yoga.
What are the 8 limbs of Yoga?
The 8 limbs in yoga is a guideline on how to live a meaningful and purposeful life. The act of Asana (or yoga postures) which we typically think of in a yoga class is only 1 of the 8 limbs. Many teachers sprinkle in other limbs within the Asana practice. A really well designed class touches all 8 limbs in one way or another.
Listed below are the 8 limbs and what they mean:
Yamas- The Yamas represent the moral code for life. This includes non-violence, truthfulness, non-stealing, non-possessiveness, and sexual restraint.
Niyamas- The Niyamas are the rules of personal behavior. This would include purity, contentment, discipline, spiritual studies, and devotion.
Asana- This is the practice we typically see in a yoga class. The Asana are the movements and postures. These movements are designed to ready your body for stillness, or meditation.
Pranayama- This is the breathing techniques that are taught to to help control your prana, or life force within the body.
Pratyahara- This is where you gain control over your external influences and to be in control of your senses.
Dharana- This is in reference to your ability to hold concentration and focus.
Dhyana- Dhyana is the actual practice of meditation.
Samadhi- This is the limb that we want to achieve. This resembles merging with the divine.
[3:45] What brought Antonella into the Yoga world and how has it helped with her own spiritual journey
[6:30] How can people continue with their movement practice when they have a little one running around
[8:25] A home practice helps to develop the abilities to be comfortable in your own place and learn about what your own body needs
[12:30] Jordan tell us about your journey into becoming a yogi
[16:40] Jordan has integrated his other hobby of DJing with yoga
[18:40] What is the experience like to be DJing and teaching yoga at festivals and events
[24:00] How do you handle people who are “elevated” or on a “level”
[26:30] Yoga should be humbling and we need to accept where we are each and every single day
[30:30] Is yoga just about stretching, or is it just a part of the grander scheme of things
[35:00] Jordan has been doing a lot of meditation lately, and he talks about his experiences
[38:30] How do you keep your brain clear to focus on the center point while meditating and not have your mind wonder like crazy
[40:00] Some apps for meditating: 1giantmind or headspace
[42:30] Do you have to be in a specific position in order to meditate
[48:00] Does meditation help you to observe your emotions
[51:25] What is AcroVinyasa and how has that grown the community around you
[59:00] How does Acro build trust between people and how does it bring you closer to your partner
[69:00] AcroVinyasa Workshop in Maple Valley, Washington on Saturday January 27th at Get Hot Yoga
Learn More About Jordan and Antonella
Website: Gravity Lift
Upcoming Event: ACROVINYASA Workshop at Get Hot Yoga