It’s the longest day of the year and this invigorating playlist will keep you going.
International Day of Yoga is June 21 and is also the summer solstice. Celebrate the longest day of the year with this fun and invigorating playlist with songs about the sun and summer. Through a few rounds of sun salutes to really honor this special day.
Maintain inner harmony during moments of change with this 5-minute meditation.
Transitions can be difficult, whether you’re moving into a new season, a new home, or a new job. Bring yourself back into balance with this short meditation from Jillian Pransky, who leads our upcoming online course, Restorative 201. Here, she shows you an invaluable tool to restore inner harmony, whether you need to be more present or allow yourself to open up to new experiences.
We have a lot to gain from this ancient practice, but we also risk losing sight of, and appropriating, the culture and tradition yoga comes from.
From self-realization centers and asana apps to T-shirts featuring Ganesh or puns on namaste, the Western world is full of yoga consumerism. We have a lot to gain from this ancient practice, but we also risk losing sight of, and appropriating, the culture and tradition yoga comes from. Here, five teachers, researchers, scholars, and activists weigh in on modern yoga and how we might practice and teach with more integrity and respect. The answers—and even the questions—aren’t always straightforward or easy, but as Honor (Don’t Appropriate) Yoga Summit creator Susanna Barkataki advises, lean in: “As you read the stories that follow, you may experience many emotions. You’ll hear various powerful perspectives from folks with Indian heritage and the impacts these issues have on their lives, families, culture, practice, pasts, and futures. Read these stories with an open heart and mind. Your yoga practice has prepared you for this by teaching you how to hold tension, breathe, and then break through. As you read, pay attention to your breath, body, and heart.” Then keep reading for suggestions on how we can address these issues together.
Stay in the moment during periods of change with this short mindfulness technique.
Feeling unmoored by change? Return to the present moment with a short three-part breathing practice that’s easy to do anytime you feel your mind drifting into the future, or lingering in the past. Here, Jillian Pransky—who leads our upcoming online course, Restorative 201—shows you a simple technique to trace the length of every inhale and exhale. Each breath will bring you closer to the here and now.
Writer Jennifer Davis-Flynn joins hundreds in white garb for a day of meditation in which you hold eye contact with a partner.
I’m sitting cross-legged on the floor of the gymnasium of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic monastery in Santa Fe, New Mexico, looking into the eyes of my meditation partner. Five rows of Kundalini yogis are arranged in straight lines, marked by red yarn taped along the worn wood floor. Moderators walk between the rows, asking participants to move their mats and sheepskins closer to their partners so that their knees touch.
There are about 200 of us here to practice White Tantric Yoga, and we’ll be meditating in pairs all day: gazing into the eyes of our partner for five 31-minute meditations and one 62-minute meditation, with half-hour breaks in between.
A moderator has already come over to ask me to adjust the white silk scarf wrapped around my head, to make sure it is fully covering my crown. When practicing White Tantric Yoga, you are supposed to wrap the top of your head, not just the arc line around your temples, to contain the energy created during meditation and focus it toward the ajna chakra (the third eye chakra, or sixth chakra).
In Kundalini Yoga, your turban is your crown. By wearing a turban, along with pristine white clothing, you are expressing deep reverence for this practice. It’s a simple way to channel the raj (royal) lineage of yoga and honor your own divinity.