Nirodhaḥ Yoga Blog
As the year winds to a close, it's easy for the to-do list to take over and to prioritize everyone and everything but ourselves.
This year, take time to center and ground yourself before the holiday whirlwind. Join Rachel and Evelyn as they transport you away from your busy schedule... Away from the bustle of the city...
After a few minutes of gentle movement, we’ll settle in for a longer period of stillness. From a comfortable resting pose, you’ll enjoy the words and instruments of our facilitators, who will cultivate an atmosphere where no thoughts are needed.
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What brought you to yoga?
I found yoga during my freshman year at UW-Madison. I was feeling extremely overwhelmed and struggling to manage this large life transition and my new environment. I discovered yoga as a way to calm my mind, connect with my breathing, and feel strong and stable in my body.
What is your approach to teaching?
My approach is rooted in kindness. I aim to be kind and caring towards every student I meet, and cultivate kindness towards ourselves. I spent many years being unkind to myself both physically and mentally, and never giving myself time to rest. I think we can all afford to be a bit kinder to others, and ourselves, and yoga can be a gateway towards this. I strive to be a friendly, trustworthy, reliable face and presence for my yoga students.
Why did you choose to teach at 5KY?
I discovered 5KY and immediately observed the emphasis on approachability and an open-minded attitude about yoga. 5KY aims to help individuals manage stress in life with greater ease and success. That is just what I hope to do in my teachings. We cannot live a life completely devoid of stress, that is simply not a realistic goal. BUT, we can practice strategies for meeting this stress head on, and managing our physical responses to stressful times and triggers. 5KY is a safe, supportive, loving space where people of all physical and mental abilities can build their yoga practice and develop skills for overall stress management.
What makes your soul sing?
One of the main things that makes my soul sing is connection to other people. I enjoy meeting new people through yoga and in other aspects of life. I actually would consider myself more of an introvert. I am not always the loudest or most outgoing person in a room. However, meeting new people and maintaining connections with longtime dear friends truly warms my heart and is part of what life is all about. I also enjoy connecting other people together. When I see friends and family members interacting for the first time, sharing a meal together, finding common ground, it brings me back to why we are all here on this planet - to live our lives in loving kindness and spread joy to others wherever we go.
You can find Brenna at 5KY teaching Intermediate Yoga on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7 AM.
Just be good and do good.
- Sri Swami Sivananda
This blog post is part of our Yoga Sutras series.
Want to start at the beginning?
Yoga Sutra 1.33
मैत्रीकरुणामुदितोपेक्षाणां सुखदुःखपुण्यापुण्यविषयाणां भावनातश्चित्तप्रसादनम्
Cultivating Friendliness Toward the Happy, Compassion for the Unhappy, Delight in the Virtuous and Disregard Toward Vice, One's Mind Becomes a Home to Serenity.
A perennial favorite, Sutra 1.33 gives us some of the most practical advice in the entire Yoga Sutras. As practical as it is, it may also be the most difficult discipline of all.
Even more challenging than mastering any arm balancing asana or completing a 10-day silent retreat, I think. Because this yoga is applied within our daily activities and in our reactions to the various experiences that come our way.
It’s very simple really. Yoga Sutra 1.33 reminds us that in order to retain our peace of mind, we’ll need four tools to overcome four different types of situations. In the Sonia Sumar Method, we often refer to them as the “four locks and keys.”
Just some thoughts about yoga as I go...
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