I'm about to embark of my fourth year leading Yogini Workout Weekend at Kripalu, a retreat center located in the Berkshire Mountains.
In yoga class recently the teacher used a brilliant term: winter tension. I immediately identified with it and thought, “That’s what I have”, tension that is caused by winter and everything that comes with it. There is no doubt that cold weather creates tension in the body. Cold=tension! I mean, even just imagining the cold, we tighten up and clench physically.
What the yoga world calls yin and yang, I refer to as grace and gusto. Grace is the ease, the extension, the spirit. Gusto is the hardwork, the squeeze, the material. Both are vital for feeling good and for a great physique. Without the grace, the gusto causes fatigue, injury and mental strife. Without the gusto, the grace leads to mental and physical stagnation.
WE ALL NEED BOTH.
The Biggest Loser is “what not to do” when it comes to true wellness. Of course the show is made for TV and the producers are casting and editing for high drama. And, I know it’s a huge hit – millions of you tune in religiously week after week and are inspired by it. Well, for me, The Biggest Loser is a hot mess!