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Digital Subscriptions > OM Yoga Magazine > January 2018 > WHAT IS PRACTICE?


Whatever yoga means to you, you just have to show up for it.

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Apparently in class I often say “if it’s part of your practice…” before I offer some variation of a pose or transition. Someone came up after class to ask me what I meant. As a relative newcomer to yoga, he found the expression weird. Yoga teachers talking a weird language (and I don’t mean Sanskrit) – whoever would imagine that? Yes, I know there are lots of strange expressions teachers use, but like many others I’m sure, I try hard not to slip into using them. If you’re around yoga classes long enough, you can’t help pick up jargon or the fashionable cue of the moment. But what’s weird to one person is normal to another. Time was when “opening the heart space”, “blossoming your buttocks”, “breathing in through the crown of your head” and many others besides were all expressions that had me in stitches. Okay, some of them still do, but other variations along similar lines have now become my everyday language.

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Happy New Year yogis! Welcome to 2018. Inside we’ve got everything you need to create the life of your dreams in our special yoga detox report (it’s not what you think!). Yes, regular yoga and clean eating might seriously improve your health this year, but they can also be the foundation blocks for other, deeper change too. It’s all about the transformation, baby! Discover a new, improved you with OM. We’ve also got lots of practical yoga advice and instruction for shaping up on the mat, plus spiritual insight, psychology, exclusive recipes and incredible interviews with some extraordinary yoga people. Enjoy!