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Pose of the Day Purvottanasana (East Stretch Posture)

By September 1, 2012Asana, Yoga

PurvottanasanaHaven’t put up a blog in a while now. Claire has been super busy prettying up the website and making it much more user-friendly and I’ve been busy getting my head around trying to make this Yoga Hub idea work.

These blogs are a funny thing and for your SEO (Google marketing stuff) you’re told you need one. I kept one for the Outdoor Yoga project which is still knocking around the internet somewhere and at that stage I  didn’t know about all that SEO malarky, hadn’t a clue whether Twitter existed back then (only 3-4 years ago) and if somebody had of said Adwords to me I would have presumed it was a new board game out to compete with Pictionary. If you’re unfamiliar with Adwords I will tell you now it wouldn’t be a very popular board game.

Of course there are things that I do need to promote and there are some very, very exciting things happening next year that I am both honoured and thrilled beyond comprehension to have been asked to host but I would like to continue in the vein I started in with the Outdoor Yoga blog and that is to use the medium to give as much as I can of my interpretation of Yoga that our short time in class together does not allow for. You could call it a ‘Filling in the Blanks’ Blog I suppose.

I would love nothing more than to hear about your personal experiences within your practice and, if you liked, to publish those here that we might encourage others to do the same. Space unfortunately is at a premium at the studio and we never, unless at a Workshop, have that much time together to ask the deeper questions of ourselves and to each other, to share and to communicate as the next class is generally always looming outside.

While researching Purvottanasana on the internet this morning I noticed that all of the benefits listed on the biggest sites are physiological. This might seem a no-brainer to you but it doesn’t sit that well with me as the implications within this asana energetically across the Anahata (Heart) Chakra and Vishuddha (Throat) Chakra for example get no mention, for the most part, within our Westernisation and Commercialisation of the Yoga tradition where it seems it is much more important to stress that it ‘strenghtens and tones your buns’. Let me take this opportunity to state that ‘strong buns’ will help support your new skinny jeans but they will not help YOU,  Atman.

That is definitely enough before 8am on a Saturday morning as I think about the classes I’m covering for Marta this morning. If you have taken the time to read this thank you for following my rant. I will try and be more concise within my thoughts going forward.

So finally to re-iterate. Any thoughts you might have please feel free to comment.

Hari Om,

Matt

Matt

Author Matt

I started YogaHub out of a room at the back of someone else's house back in 2012 with nothing more than an idea. I'd been teaching Yoga since 2008 and had no intention of opening a Yoga Studio. I think, like everything I've done, I just decided one day I was going to give it a try. And try I did and if you're reading this I guess I'm still trying.

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