Our Weekly Yoga Lovin’ Blog Review
This week: Prescribing Yoga
Photo: Christina and friend, with permission from Prescribing Yoga
Christina Palmer puts her faith in her teacher’s benediction to her class: “Practice… Practice all the time.”
Practice is what Prescribing Yoga is all about. It’s a yoga blog that’s full blown proof the life you’re living is the yoga you’re doing. Her Blogger profile describes Christina as, “In the middle of a year of research before starting residency, and thinking about the science and practice of yoga and preventive health.”
She demonstrates down-to-earth integrity through personal writing that’s funny and charming, earnest and smart, willing to grapple with whatever real life sends her way.
Newly graduated from Richard Freeman’s yoga teacher training, the author of Prescribing Yoga set herself a few summer goals:
- Finish research study (complete enrollment and analyze our data)
- Apply to residency programs (where do I want to be, what kind of program do I want?)
- Teach yoga in high school summer program
High standards of personal responsibility are the sturdy infrastructure of Prescribing Yoga, but they never get fussy or heavy. Christina’s idealism doesn’t disconnect her from Planet Earth or her sense of humor.
The Prescribing Yoga blog roll features Yoga for Change
Prescribing Yoga celebrates yoga at the heart of fearless compassionate engagement with the real world, in all its complexity, challenge, courage and pain. Christina links to organizations who make yoga part of real life for sexual abuse survivors in Rwanda, teenagers in prisons, cancer survivors and other vulnerable populations.
If you’re looking for inspiration to begin a writing practice to explore yoga in your day-to-day life, you could easily get your reflections off to a good start writing responses to her posts in your own journal. Warm up with “6 Things I’m Loving about My Practice Right Now,” or “Being An Imperfectionist.”
Prescribing Yoga explores potent questions about the daily-life meaning of favorite teachings. For example, her post Prescribing Practice
As Sri Pattabhi Jois, founder of Ashtanga yoga, said:
“Yoga is 99% practice and 1% theory.”
Doctors should really be prescribing practice to patients: practice healthy eating habits, practice exercise, practice good relationships, practice discipline, practice creativity, practice confidence, practice learning, practice working hard.
Because everything takes practice. Health, contentment, love, good relationships, success… these don’t come easily to anyone.
The Magazine of Yoga is full of admiration for Prescribing Yoga. We’re delighted to award Christina our Real Life is Real Yoga™ Pure Prana quality rating. We highly recommend you add this warm, intelligent blog to your reading list.
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