My Yoga Space: Wedged in between the bed and a window

This week, we’re kicking off a weekly series showcasing individual yoga spaces. Because many people new to yoga start with a home practice, we thought it would be fun. So if you have a photo of where you practice yoga, please send it to warretreat at gmail dot com. Our only requirement is anyone submitting a photo be actively interested in working with or be a veteran, active duty, family member or part of the war community.

This is my yoga space. As you can see, it’s small. This isn’t a glamorous space, nor is there much of it. During the week, I don’t go to the studio, as my shift spans a time where it isn’t possible to catch the scheduled classes. So I have this area next to bed, by the desk, a dresser and the window that’s just big enough for me to stretch out my arms if I’m laying down. I’ve also acquired some blocks, a bolster and blankets. None of these are necessary, but they’re really nice to have. You can use beach blankets, quilts, books, and pillows. I roll up the mat after I use it because both cats and dogs like to claw them!

In the morning, I usually start off with Rodney Yee’s AM Yoga.  I like the 20 minute segments, and I can pick and choose whatever I feel like working on. I love that he doesn’t do a lot of chatter. Later –usually in the evening, I’ll find a free online class or delve into one of my many DVDs. Right now, I’m looking forward to receiving Hala Khouri’s Yoga For Stress Reduction DVD in the mail.

For those of you just starting out –you don’t need a lot of room. Just big enough for your mat.

Eliminating stress stored in the body

“Healing is learning to trust life.”

At The War Photographers’ Retreat, we’ll be exploring ways to reduce stress through understanding how it is stored in the body. Through yoga, breath work, massage and acupuncture, we will seek to help participants find peace, balance and a sense of wellness (you’ll feel and look terrific). But as important, participants will be able to take the knowledge with them, and use the skills in their day-to-day lives.

. Hala Khouri explains it here.