Yoga from Tapes and Videos

Another great way to learn yoga is with a yoga videotape or audiotape. With a tape, you can see (or at least hear) a teacher. You can watch the postures performed or hear them described, which can be easier to follow than a static picture in a book. The teacher on the tape can offer advice and wisdom vocally. Some people comprehend information better if they see or hear it than if they read it, while others benefit much more from the written word.

If your teacher has made tapes or videos, you can use them to extend your in-person yoga practice by taking your teacher home with you via electronic media. Taking advantage of all possible levels of study will result in more learning opportunities.

One advantage of the audiotape over the videotape is that your focus won't be glued on the television but can be directed inward instead. Only your hearing will guide you, so although figuring out how to do a posture may be more difficult, many simpler postures, and especially breathing and meditation work, are perfect for the audiotape medium.

Whichever method is most helpful to you is the one you should pursue. Don't worry about what anyone else does. This is your yoga. A visit to your local library, video store, or bookstore will probably reveal a wealth of available videos and audiotapes you can borrow, rent, or buy. Try the library and the video store first. That way, you can sample a variety of yoga teachers and programs without committing. Once you've found a few you like, consider buying the tapes for your personal collection. Then, whenever the desire strikes (2:00 a.m. on a Tuesday, 11:00 p.m. on a Friday), you can do yoga!

Wise Yogi Tells Us

When practicing postures at home on your own, it may help to keep in mind these five steps to every pose:

^ Visualize your body holding the pose.

Gracefully flow into the pose.

Become one with the pose—find the peace and balance.

Gracefully flow out of the pose.

Reflect and release. Let go. Feel the silence.

Wise Yogi Tells Us

When practicing postures at home on your own, it may help to keep in mind these five steps to every pose:

^ Visualize your body holding the pose.

Gracefully flow into the pose.

Become one with the pose—find the peace and balance.

Gracefully flow out of the pose.

Reflect and release. Let go. Feel the silence.

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Wise Yogi Tells Us

No matter how different we are from each other, we all have

one very important and il-

lustrious quality in common: We're all human! Keep in mind these six universal laws for

being human:

You will be given a body.

^ You will be taught lessons.

There are no mistakes in life, only lessons.

If a lesson is not learned, it gets repeated.

The more often a lesson is repeated, the harder it gets.

^ You know you've learned your lesson when your actions change.

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