1. Your new book, The Yoga Way to Radiance,
focuses on discovering
our inner guidance through yoga, and helping our children do the same.
What inspired you to write the book?
since I can remember, I've been
inspired by the vision of a peaceful world where we live in our true
potential as humans. I have been working with parents and teachers for
decades, helping them to use natural methods like yoga and mindfulness
to handle everyday challenges, so it seemed like an inspirational book
that also has practical, natural tools would be a great way to bring
health and happiness to more people in the world.
2. Why is yoga so
beneficial, both to adults and kids?
I think it is because in yoga, you are
working with your own body, your own brain, and your own awareness, and
that is where everything starts—all the negative AND all the positive
things that we experience come from our own inner source. So yoga helps
us to become aware of what we are thinking/doing/feeling, and yoga
helps boost our own natural ability to choose happier, more positive
ways of living.
Additionally, you may find that when you
begin to release tension from an area of the body where you've been
holding tension for years, some emotion is released as well. The body
has been with us through everything. If you're upset, that upset is
manifested somewhere physically. Maybe you have shallow
chest-breathing, or you clench your jaw or fists, or you furrow your
brow. The mind-body connection is always there. Sometimes we "sit on"
or repress our rage or shame or grief, and then we go into a hip-opener
toward the end of class and find ourselves crying. The potential for
healing on your mat, and off of it, is enormous.
3. How is it possible for us
to discover our inner guidance through the practice of yoga?
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