Tag Archives: My Yoga Space

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Why Yoga?

{VIRIN}People often ask me why I “do” yoga.  This is usually followed by: jokes about guys doing yoga, questions about levitation, and references to contortion.  Once the laughter settles, I’ll answer in one of several ways.  If the question  comes from a guy or group of guys who are joking about “guys doing yoga,”  I say something about how horrible it is to be the only guy in a room full of women.  That usually gets their attention.  If the question comes from an overly-muscled person who questions the “manliness” of yoga, I usually respond in the form of an asana.  Usually eka pada koundinyasana that transitions into a variation of Mayurasana.

When the question comes from someone who really wants to know “why I do yoga,” I will sit down and tell them about my yoga journey.

My Yoga Space: Lean & Spare for this Marine

It’s time for My Yoga Space.  This week it’s Semper Fidelis Health and Wellness co-founder Elijah Sacra.

It didn’t take long for me to figure this out:  the reason everyone loves the U.S. Marines Corps is that the Marines love the Marines more than anyone else. Furthermore, it was explained to me that there isn’t such a thing as a former Marine because a Marine will always be a Marine. Only in conversations about Marines would one use the word Marines more than once in a single sentence. I’m sure they’ve even managed to get it into the Chicago Manual of Style, the AP Guide, and no doubt it’s in the MLA.

 A Marine will do things check into the Dulles Hotel in Washington DC for the Marine Corps marathon and bring super human bionic food. Eat this, yoga community:

Elijah makes a variety of good food choices.

They are team and other-person oriented. Marines will run the Marine Corps Marathon for forty eight Marines who died in combat, not only starting as a platoon, but will carry the flag, and finish as one too:

Carrying the flag for their fallen brothers, the 3/25 carried the flat the entire Marine Corps Marathon Route, ran together, and finished together.
They finished. Elijah Sacra (in sunglasses), Alvaro Matta, Patrick G. Young Jr., Michael Kiniry, Lisa Julian Galford, Joe Miranda, Al Akeroyd and Oscar Aguilera.

And one Marine, Elijah Sacra, had a lean, spare, stripped down yoga space.

“SFHW-FWD: IMPROVISE , ADAPT, OVERCOME-YOGA AT THE DULLES.” -Elijah Sacra, Semper Fidelis Health & Wellness

To me, this is the most beautiful space I will ever share on this blog.

My Yoga Space is a weekly feature on the WarRetreat blog. If you have a home yoga space, and you are actively committed to working with veterans, active duty and the war community, send your picture along with a blurb to WarRetreat at gmail dot com.

My Yoga Space: Down Dog Time…

The good thing about a yoga mat is it isn’t hard to move. My yoga space is on a consistent rotation between the living room, the extra room and the bedroom depending on the day. It also depends on where I feel like I’ll be able to successfully practice without my dog thinking its puppy play time.

I don’t think it really matters where you “space” is, all that matters is that you have one. It doesn’t even need to be a space for yoga essentially, it just needs to be a place you can go where you can take some time for yourself and begin to come back to yourself. Putting everything that is going on around you on hold for a small amount of time and just being present.

My Yoga Space is a weekly feature on the WarRetreat blog. If you have a home yoga space, and you are actively committed to working with veterans, active duty and the war community, send your picture along with a blurb to WarRetreat at gmail dot com.

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.