I feel like it’s time to share something I’ve been quietly excited about for a few months.
As The Yoga Business Coach, I take great care to not endorse one yoga over another. I believe it’s up to each of us to find the yoga style or combination of styles that serves us best.
Over the years, in order to familiarize myself with my clients’ varied offerings, I have sought out and experienced many different schools of Hatha yoga — Ashtanga, Iyengar, Anusara, Sivananda, Kundalini, and Yin, among others — and, until recently, specifically excluded just one.
Since I was ten years old, every summer I would get migraines from the hot weather. That’s 40 frustrating summers in a row of having to find a dark corner to recuperate when I really to be outdoors. If you’ve ever had a migraine, you know this well.
Because I’m an athlete and wanted to stay active, I would try to improvise solutions, but found that they had the net effect of making my friends laugh. OK, if you must know — when playing soccer in the hot sun, I would wear a hat with a bag of ice underneath it and a chin strap holding it all down. Yeah, sexy… I know.
For years, my Ayurvedic doctors have told me to stay away from heat and sun so as to not aggravate Pitta (fire element) problems, like migraines. Naturally, Bikram Yoga was not on my list.
Not long ago, after dealing with yet another nasty migraine, I experienced a very clear intuition to try hot yoga. It was counter to everything I had learned… but an intuition is something I try my best not to ignore (made that mistake too many times!).
So, since late spring, I’ve practiced in the heat 4 to 6 times a week. I’ve never sweat like this… ever. It feels like practicing in the hot room cleared some old blockages and finally got my cooling system working.
This was the first summer in my adult life completely free of migraines. For me, this is a yoga miracle. All summer I played soccer in the hot sun and felt fine while others complained. It’s still hard for me to believe.
Intuition is a powerful gift available to all of us. Whether we listen to it or second-guess it is really about our relationship with our Self — our inner knowing, our connection to the divine. It does not need to be rational, just true.
Coincidentally, in building a yoga business, learning to trust our intuition seems to consistently lead to the very best results. We’ll explore this further on the next tele-class.
In gratitude… Enjoy.
The Yoga of Business Relationships