grab a pencil.
When I was in college, i read an article on Dr. James Pennebaker, psychology professor at the University of Texas, who claims that writing 20 minutes a day can improve your health. Since reading the article almost 6 years ago, I have been writing off and on as Pennebaker instructed. Writing helps clear my mind, organize my thoughts, and allows me see how I handle situations. A lot of times if we are thinking about something excessively we have the same exact thought over and over. (I call it broken record thinking). Writing about that 'something' can allow you to find a way to change your habitual, 'broken record' thoughts. It moves the mind forward constructively allowing more space for new, positive thoughts. Click here for the article.
discover your dosha.
Dosha: (dosh'ah) according to the principle of constitution of the physical body in ayurveda, one of the three vital bioenergies (vata, pitta, kapha) condensed from the five elements, the doshas are respondible for the physical and emotional tendencies in the mind and body, and along with the seven dhatus (tissues) and three malas (waste products) make up the human body. The attributes of the doshas and their specific combination within each individual help determine the individual's physical and mental characteristics, while imbalance among the doshas is the cause of disease.
Dorland's Medical Dictionary for Health Consumers. © 2007 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.
What's your dosha? Click here to take the quiz.
"Yoga is the perfect opportunity to be curious about who you are."
Pick a pose and progress.
Viewing our yoga practice in a different way can extend the possibility to see more of who we are. By simply focusing on a particular posture, we can consciously and meticulously take note of our mental and physical progression. Asking questions like, "Where was I when I first did this posture?", "How has it changed for me today?", "Why has it changed?", and "Where can I take this posture next?", can all give you insight on how you process things in general. Examine everything that goes on in the body, from the breath to where you find your focus.
Welcome to the first entry of my new blog.
First, I would like to introduce myself and give you an insight of my life, thus far, involving yoga.
My name is Erin Lane, I'm 26 years old, and I grew up in the United States in a town called San Angelo (Texas). I moved to Madrid on January 1, 2011 and have nothing but great things to say about the city, the country, the people, etc. I have enjoyed exploring everything about my new home and am elated to have found such a terrific yoga community.
Growing up in San Angelo, for me, consisted mostly of getting through school and developing a discipline with dance, specifically ballet.I began practicing yoga in my living room following DVDs (Rodney Yee AM/PM yoga) as a way to gain flexibility for dance. After a few weeks of 30 minute yoga every morning, I realized there was much more to offer than stretched hamstrings and longer quadricep muscles. I saw that yoga was a discipline itself, much like ballet, and the more you practiced, the more "in tune" you could become with your body.
I continued practicing when I moved to Austin, Texas where I attended the University of Texas seeking a B.F.A. in Dance. There, i was able to take yoga outside of the living room and inside an enormous university gym. All the same, I found the energy to be different, solid, and in the moment as opposed to my still quite beneficial AM/PM home yoga routine. The energy of others that surrounded me during class was inspiring--- athletes, professors, and students alike formed a community that I felt the need to be a part of.
Continuing to follow a career in dance in various parts of the US and Mexico, I always found a way to integrate my yoga practice no matter where I was at the time. This eventually led me to yoga studios of all different styles and in turn, to my 200 hour RYS Yoga Certification. Yes, another perspective gained and still so much to learn.
My love for being a guide and sharing my knowledge of yoga has brought me to Yoga Center Madrid and now to having a blog. On this blog, I not only want to share the knowledge and perspectives I have gained through my experiences, but hope to receive a flow of yoga information from readers, along with their yoga experiences.That being said, I open this blog up for comments and a flow of communication, a conversation on anything I post.
This blog will be a reflection, a resource, and above all, a collective process.