Nov 18, 2018
Most endurance athletes come to yoga because we are in recovery from an injury or surgery of some kind, or perhaps even an addiction to exercise. And the physical benefits are many, helping practitioners gain flexibility and strength and affording them the opportunity to stay active while they heal. But what surprises many of us is the spiritual aspect of the practice, the self-awareness and mental clarity that we can then apply to other areas of our lives. Whether your pain is physical or emotional, embracing yoga as a way of life has the potential to help you heal—and navigate life’s ups and downs with grace.
Stephanie Spence is an internationally-acclaimed yoga instructor, activist, author and entrepreneur. She has been published online and in print magazine OM Lifestyle, Yoga UK and Yoga Guide. Stephanie writes the award-winning yoga blog One With Life, and she is the author of Yoga Wisdom: Warrior Tales Inspiring You On and Off Your Mat. Stephanie has been practicing yoga for nearly 40 years, and she is passionate about educating and inspiring as many people as possible to try yoga and adopt the practice as a system of living.
Today, Stephanie explains how she discovered yoga to address her back pain at the age of 19. She walks us through the fundamentals of yoga as a physical, emotional and spiritual practice, explaining the wide range of styles and her approach to using yoga as medicine. Stephanie also covers the eight limbs of yoga as a system for living and her personal take on yoga in the context of competition. Listen in for insight around how Stephanie’s epic yoga road trip informed her book, Yoga Wisdom, and learn how embracing yoga could transform your life!
[1:13] How Stephanie discovered yoga
[4:00] The fundamentals of yoga
[6:38] The range of yoga styles
[11:02] The two main components of yoga
[15:03] The eight limbs of yoga as a system of living
[21:58] Stephanie’s book, Yoga Wisdom
[27:25] How Stephanie uses yoga as medicine
[36:42] Stephanie’s take on competitive yoga
[41:22] Stephanie’s dharma to inspire people to embrace yoga