Here's a sampling of interviews Linda has done on yoga and women's health and on the deeper teachings of the ancient practice of yoga. Enjoy.
From Yoga Teacher Magazine
Patanjali's Chocolate Addiction (And Other Teaching Issues)
Ivan Nahem, Editor: How would you say your practice has evolved over the years? In your books you talk about how one goes through stages with yoga...
Sparrowe: I think I'm more patient with the ebb and flow of my practice now that I'm older. As I say in The Woman’s Book of Yoga & Health, yoga really is a companion for our lives... and it shows up in whatever guise it can be of most use. That is, sometimes I feel like doing a strong, physical practice and other times there's no way my wrists will support me doing a handstand. It's been hard accepting that both practices are perfect. That yoga begins right where I am ‒ not where I was yesterday or where I long to be.
One of the main reasons I wrote The Woman's Book with Patricia Walden was because we wanted people to understand that yoga supports us no matter what stage of life we're in. No matter what shape we are in emotionally or physically. If we can learn to be more flexible, kinder, and more generous with ourselves and others, then we're practicing yoga. Patricia used to say, if you can breathe, you can do yoga.
I went through a hard time for a while trying to figure out whether I could still be a good teacher, whether I still had a lot to offer my students when my right hip no longer allowed me to be in Half Lotus, or when poses that used to be accessible to me weren't. Read more...
From Curvy Yoga (curvyyoga.com)
Making Friends With Your Body: An Interview with Linda Sparrowe and Anna Guest-Jelly
In your first issue as Editor in Chief of Yoga International, you wrote a piece called “Making Friends with Your Body,” which is about how yoga can help people of all shapes, sizes, genders and abilities. What made you want to approach this topic as your first major piece as Editor in Chief?
Well, I don’t think we can visit this topic too often, not as long as women still struggle with body image and so many of us despise our bodies. Also, the topic feels timely because yoga’s popularity continues to soar, and while yoga can help us “make friends with our bodies,” too many times it doesn’t. In fact, yoga can fail us when we need it most. After all, if our culture is so obsessed with being thin and having that picture-perfect body, how is a typical yoga class—with its emphasis on a lithe, flexible, strong, athletic body—going to help?
So I feel it’s my job to remind women over and over again that yoga—when practiced mindfully—can be their biggest ally and can help them connect with and celebrate their bodies. For some women being on their yoga mat is the only time they are not in an adversarial relationship with their bodies.
I also want women to know two things: there are classes for specialized populations—teenagers, large women, older women, kids, etc—and they should take advantage of that. Secondly if they don’t feel comfortable in one class—because of the teacher, the types of students, the level of intensity, or whatever—they shouldn’t give up.
They simply need to try another class. It’s got nothing to do with them; they simply need to find the class that fits their needs and the teacher they resonate with. Read more...