8 Yogis On How To Practice Self-Care

8 Yogis On How To Practice Self-Care

To mark International Yoga Day, Vogue asks eight celebrated yogis what self-care means to them and what asanas they turn to for TLC.

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In today’s culture of always being available and “on”, the ancient practice of yoga can offer a holistic approach to combating the all-too-common ills of stress, anxiety and exhaustion. Modern yoga has grown to include more dynamic workouts, with varying styles of practice – from more traditional Hatha yoga to modern interpretations like Rocket – but taken back to its roots, yoga is a meditative and holistic practice, more focused on self-awareness than calorie-burning.

The philosophical teachings underpinning the physical practice are known as the Yoga Sutras, the Ten Commandments of yogi living, if you will. They encourage us to adopt concepts like non-harming (ahimsa) and tapas (discipline) not just in the postures we adopt on the mat, but also into our actions, words and thoughts off the mat, approaching ourselves and the world around us with care and kindness.

To celebrate International Yoga Day, we asked eight of our favourite yoga teachers around the world to give us their personal recommendations and postures for self-care.

Rachel Brathen, Yoga Girl, Aruba

Self-care for me is more about balance than striving for perfection. I take care of my body through movement and eating well, but it’s equally important that I have space to enjoy dessert and wine without guilt. I am a working mother and self-care for me these days involves both quality time with my daughter, without distractions, and time for myself at the end of the day. I take a lot of baths and, of course, practice yoga.

For restoration I always come back to Viparita Karani, legs-up-the-wall pose. It calms the nervous system, helps ground you and is also great for lower back and neck pain. It doesn’t require any “doing”; it’s a passive pose you can completely relax into without thinking. Many things we do on the mat require coordination and focus; this pose does not. Just stay aware of the breath and let yourself be.