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Author Archive | Christina Bryza

Going with the flow

One of the biggest differences I’ve noticed between Bikram yoga and vinyasa is something my studio calls “the flow.” Vinyasa encourages fluid movement and you don’t often stay in a pose for more than a breath or two. This, I’m discovering, is a useful and rewarding way to practice, but I’m finding it as initially […]

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Back to Bikram

I realize I pretty much renounced Bikram in a previous post, but I’d like to revisit some of my words. Because while I still have some major philosophical quibbles with the guy and don’t plan to ever attend his teacher training, I’m finding it impossible to separate his yoga from my own. I thought I’d […]

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Just be you

Just be you–how many times have I heard that advice? Feels like it’s a common theme of the last few years of my life, and never more reinforced than this afternoon. Plenty of books have told me how I’m entirely worthy exactly as I am, and I know I’m a unique snowflake, and I’ve heard […]

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Facing failure

It always perplexes me when I leave a yoga class feeling worse than I entered it. Especially because I was in particularly high spirits today. I even had an impassioned afternoon conversation with a coworker who’s considering starting a yoga practice. I (think I) helped her absorb a valuable concept, which is that loud noises, […]

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Words (can) matter

I’ve been thinking about language and definitions a lot lately. A big part of the challenge ahead of me lies in describing yoga postures effectively, in learning how to ask for exactly what I want from my students. It will be my responsibility to safely guide any number of people through an hour-long physical meditation, […]

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Thank goodness it’s only yoga

So my goal with this blog is to share an honest account of my journey. Which is pretty easy to do when I’m feeling positive, as I have been lately. Of course I didn’t think the roses and rainbows mentality would last forever, but I also didn’t expect to feel so overwhelmed after, um, the […]

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A true teacher

I’ve read that when you start to follow your own inner compass and live toward your life purpose that things fall into place with synchronicity. My personal experience in the last few months confirms this assertion, and it’s exciting to feel confident that things will work out, that it’s safe to have faith in the […]

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This is where the training begins

I get my first taste of teacher training tonight, and I am so excited! I am keeping my heart open and my expectations flexible, but after planning for this since November, it’s hard not be tingling with anticipation. What will it feel like to officially be taking yoga seriously? Who are the other people in […]

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YouTube yoga

Tonight I found myself in need of some asanas but without the willingness to attend a yoga class. I’ve spent the last three days with my immediate and extended family, celebrating the 100th birthday of my great-grandmother, and I was awhirl with emotions by the time I returned home. One of the best ways I […]

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A glimpse of Light

Reading about yoga requires attention and concentration. I have the Grammys on in the background in my living room and I really like music, so it’s a struggle not to skim Light on Yoga, even though light reading it is not. And although I may give it more study later later, I suppose my current […]

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What’s your frequency?

I like to be high and some seem to prefer low but all of us have set points. Weight, happiness, tolerance for bullshit–everyone’s internal thresholds are hard-wired into our neural networks. It’s not that we can’t change the patterns, but have you ever tried rewiring a home? It’s a lot of work. Of all the […]

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Loving discipline

I struggle with discipline. I don’t like to be told what to do and I have a hard time sticking to new routines. I have no trouble indulging. It’s not only children who benefit from structure and discipline, but ever since becoming an adult I’ve taken far more pleasure in pleasing myself than I have […]

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Sometimes yoga is music

I can’t believe I’ve only known about Snatam Kaur, or, more accurately, her entrancing and soothing song “Ong Namo,” for only a week or two. I haven’t heard anything so beautiful since Donna DeLory’s “He Ma Durga” or maybe my first taste of Enya. But this track is the best of both worlds because the […]

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Your nose needs a neti

Drip. Drip. Drip. Drip-drip-drip-drip. I try to be patient as I wait, my head tilted slightly to the  left, my chin tucked into my chest. I have the spout of what looks like a gray plastic genie lamp wedged into my right nostril. The genie’s lamp is halfway full of salt water that I’m pouring […]

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Bikram doesn’t believe in me, either

I have told a few people to check out this blog, which means there’s a chance you already know that while I continue to practice hot hatha yoga, I’ve decided to stop practicing at the studios licensed by modern guru Bikram Choudhury. But I thought I’d go ahead an include the quote that tipped the […]

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Bye-bye Bikram

I am going to get my 200-hour certification, which is a pretty standard achievement in the yoga world. It’s a generalized pre-req that may or may not carry weight or meaning, depending on where you go and who you talk to. (According to this New York Times profile of Tara Stiles, certification is worthless. I […]

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Breathing easy

I was supposed to go to yoga on Friday night. It was going to be a cathartic, restorative, grounding experience. I was going to love my body, and push it physically, and laugh good-naturedly. I was going to move to live music, soaking in the vibrant frequency of the energy around me. I was going […]

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Getting personal

My coworkers ate lunch together in the lounge today and I told them I started this blog. Soon thereafter I realized some people don’t care about yoga. They don’t have anything against it; they just don’t care. Which means they don’t try to learn anything about it. Which really troubles me. I know I cannot […]

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A new beginning

Back in October I had a breakthrough of sorts. A few of them, actually, but the one that resulted in this blog was the web domain I promptly purchased. In a fit of foresight, I snagged this blog name as well, but until today, nothing has been written for either the website or the blog. […]

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Love > fear