When the breath wanders the mind also is unsteady. But when the breath is calmed the mind too will be still, and the yogi achieves long life. Therefore, one should learn to control the breath. - Svatmarama, Hatha Yoga Pradipika
Find Your Flow
Flow is the mental state of operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity. In essence, flow is characterized by complete absorption in what one does.
Flow is completely focused motivation. It is a single-minded immersion and represents perhaps the ultimate experience in harnessing the emotions in the service of performing and learning. In flow, the emotions are not just contained and channeled, but positive, energized, and aligned with the task at hand.
To be caught in the ennui of depression or the agitation of anxiety is to be barred from flow. The hallmark of flow is a feeling of spontaneous joy, even rapture, while performing a task although flow is also described (below) as a deep focus on nothing but the activity – not even oneself or one's emotions. Colloquial terms for this or similar mental states include: to be in the moment, present, in the zone, on a roll, wired in, in the groove, on fire, in tune, centered, or singularly focused.
Push Beyond your Limits
We were inspired to design a system that challenges our athletes to progress in every way possible, including yoga. It all begins with a simple breath, and if you learn to breathe, you can conquer the world. Earn your White Yoga Mat by testing breath control and basic asanas (poses) and ascend to the very top of the mountain culminating in earning a Black Mat by challenging yourself with advanced postures and poses. Challenge your limits and leave your inner Yogi smiling.
Humans are not meant to sit in a fixed position, hunched over a desk, but that's how many of us spend our day. And many people deal with tension by subconsciously hunching their shoulders. This negatively impacts posture, and the end result is poor distribution of weight on your knees. Spartan Yoga focuses on a combination of foam rolling and Yoga Poses to increase mobility where you need it most - your shoulders and hips - which restores your posture and alignment.