Yoga: Back To Basics From An Expert

I’m really excited today to share a guest post from one of my favorite Yoga experts Isabella Jones. Isabella is a professional trainer/educator and an E-RYT 500 Certified Yoga Alliance Instructor.  She has been training and teaching in the fitness/wellness industry for over 30 years. She also has created the Betti Pot, the better neti pot, which no one should be without! I look to Isabella and her expertise for all things Yoga. You can find Isabella on Twitter to connect with her too. She’s incredibly helpful and knowledgeable.

Isabella Jones

What Yoga Is Really Supposed To Be For You by Isabella Jones

I am always surprised when I hear other wise informed people comment that they can’t do yoga because they aren’t flexible and it hurts too much..

But our culture of mass marketing fitness, and now yoga, has encouraged the belief that yoga is about bending into difficult pretzel like positions and how far the individual can go is a measure of success.
We hear classes called hot, power, yoga fit, and all of a sudden yoga is more about pushing and pulling and less about relaxing.

When did this happen?

Let me bring you back to where yoga started.
A restorative health practice that embodies mind, heart and body.
An individual practice that can be done alone or shared with others but not about everyone looking and doing the same thing any more than we should be trying to wear each others shoes.
A discipline that teaches us how to relax so completely that time stands still, everything becomes quiet and clarity ensues.
And our bodies relax further and deeper from that state of complete relaxation.
Lets look at the basic “rules” of yoga and you might be surprised at what they are.

Class with Isabella

1. Comfort: The word “Asana” (the name for every physical yoga position) literally translated means “feel good”.
So if you are uncomfortable YOU need to fix that. Not the instructor or your neighbor…YOU.
Fake it if you need to.. modify, adjust, always follow comfort and you will stay away from injury and move toward increased range of motion and strength.

2. Balance: This means good physical and postural alignment, always.
Adjusting the skeletal structure so that everything is where it needs to be to relax tight bands and decompress the bones.

3. Breathe: Make sure you breathe well during all of your practice -the more you do it the stronger and better you will get and feel.
4. Relax: If you cant relax then go back to rules 1,2,3……

"Relax" ~Isabella

I have years of teaching experience and have experienced so much pleasure teaching people the “why” behind the “what” in yoga. And they often remark to me “this makes so much sense…”
Yes-we were born with this knowledge and our culture tends to make us forget.
The four rules of yoga can apply to our lives in every moment and yoga was and will always be about taking us to a higher level of life experience.
Not performing… competing, organic cotton yoga garb sweating away inches.
But how to live your life with more pleasure and peace of mind every moment, every day, even in the midst of drama and trauma.

Check out Isabella teaching and sharing. I hope you enjoy as much as I did!

Yoga Vitamin by Jason Slezak: Kiteboarding Coach, Team Manager, Team Rider from Resort Yoga on Vimeo

Enhanced by Zemanta




  1. Excellent post – great getting to know Isabella beyond the tweets. I love the 4 steps and who knew you could feel so relaxed watching a video of someone having a workout! Go girl! Namaste!

  2. Isabella is awesome isn’t she! I’m so honored she guest posted and hope to have her visit us more! 🙂

  3. I love my Yoga Blocks!! I am not flexible but they certainly help! It made me realize the most unflexible people (me) have a chance at yoga! Isabella is darling and great information. I like the basic rules of Yoga! The scenery in the video is gorgeous!!

  4. How fantastic. I always loved doing yoga when it was relaxing and the other kinds really just stress me out. It’s nice to hear about the calming nature of it again, instead of trying to turn it into something it’s not. Thanks for the enlightening point of view.

  5. Garick Chan says:

    Thanks for sharing this. I agree that being flexible is not the most important thing you need to become a yogi…comfort, breath, relaxation, and balance are good foundations. If I could add, I would also say consciousness, being present with your body and mind is fundamental. Back to basics, one needs to be relaxed in order for spiritual awareness to be heightened. But ultimately, it’s important for yogis to remember that it is a holistic process, and an effective way to improve our quality of life!

Speak Your Mind