Is it still yoga if it looks different? Written by Brea Johnson Yoga & Movement Educator at Heart and Bones Yoga

Is it still yoga if it looks different? Written by Brea Johnson Yoga & Movement Educator at Heart and Bones Yoga.
But of course it is. If you change a cue to invite more shoulder stability in downward dog, it’s still yoga. If you change parts of a traditional sequence to support your unique body and needs, it’s still yoga. It’s time to be more clear, even more bold in how we define a yoga practice.
There is no such thing as the yoga police. You are the boss of your body. You are the boss of your life. You get to define what a yoga practice looks like for you. There is simply too much evidence based information now to NOT redefine how we approach a yoga practice.
We come to a physical yoga practice to feel better. To get to know ourselves more, to reconnect and support our health and wellbeing. And that includes understanding how your body moves. Understanding what your joints, muscles and nervous system needs for health and sustainability. And then applying those needs to your yoga practice.
I’m not talking about completely changing the practice. Instead, it’s simply filling in the missing pieces to enhance the practice, to support the health of more parts of you, to adapt to the needs of our modern life, our modern body.
Get out out your habits, create new ones, move off of the yoga mat, crawl around on the floor, find teachers who offer something different, don’t get stuck in one style of yoga for too long, ask more questions, be curious, stay open. Keep yoga a living tradition.

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