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  • Yoga Poetry - Everything That Rises

    Yoga Poetry - Everything That Rises

    Rise up without fear

    to the coffee and daylight

    skimming the dark.

     

    Rise through the remnants of the dream

    where you are lost, all pay phones broken.

     

    Rise toward the piano you haven’t played

    for months, and place your hands

    on the keys of your memory.

     

    Play badly but loud, and let the ringing

    rise through your arms.

     

    Rise into the first slant of light breaking

    across the living room floor

    to coat the sleeping dog.

     

    O…continue reading

  • Instant Maui - Your 20-Minute Vacation

    Take a Midwinter Break in Instant Maui

    It’s the season of short days, long nights and monumental to-do lists. Potlucks, concerts, rehearsals (for those of us who play holiday concerts) and gifting take us out of our usual routines. At a time when our schedules are stuffed to capacity, often the first things to get knocked off our to-do list are those niceties we do to take care of ourselves.

    I’m writing this month to suggest—strongly—that y…continue reading

  • Shoulderstand - Save Your Neck with Yoga Blankets

    Shoulderstand on Yoga Blankets
    How Using Yoga Blankets in Shoulderstand Can Save Your Neck

    Looking to see the world from a new perspective? Going upside-down is one way to shift your point of view—literally.

    Inverted yoga poses are perfect for cultivating fertile creative ground in the body/mind. In addition to their many physical benefits, inversions are said to allow us to see with new eyes. When we turn upside down, the world looks different. …continue reading

  • Yoga Gifts For Every Body and Every Budget

    Yoga gifts for every body and every budget
     Our Guide to Choosing Perfect Yoga Gifts

    Looking for a gift for your favorite yogi? We’ve created gift guides with suggestions for beginners, teachers, men who practice yoga, meditators, yogis who travel, and those who love hot yoga. There’s even a guide with gifts that every yogi would love to receive.

    Here’s a handy guide to gifts by price.

    Gifts under $15

    Sometimes it’s the little things that…continue reading

  • How to Choose the Best Yoga Mat for Your Practice

    So Many Choices
    How to Choose the Perfect Yoga Mat

    Before the late 1980s, there was no such thing as a yoga mat. The small but dedicated population who practiced yoga cobbled together an array of towels, blankets and foam pads for practice, but mostly we used whatever surface was available. Back then there were very few dedicated yoga studios. We practiced in church basements, YWCAs, gyms and school classrooms—where we had to move desks to clear…continue reading

  • Advanced Yoga — with Yoga Props

    How Using Yoga Props Deepens Practice

    Not too long ago, yoga made it into The Wall Street Journal. The article, titled “In Yoga, Blocks and Straps Get More Respect,” plugs yoga props as a way for anyone, including experienced practitioners, to deepen their practice while maintaining integrity. While acknowledging the mainstream misconception that many yogis see props as “crutches” to use until you can do the poses without them, the author …continue reading

  • Yoga Poetry - Almost Gone

    Yoga Poetry
    Almost Gone

    The sun calls one last word in its rusting voice,

    then leans to the west, sweetening its tune

    by forgetting the melody. The taste of light

    lingers in the sudden cooling of breath,

    the slim branch of a twisted tree over the horizon

    where one crow waits for the shadows

    the moon will throw over the brome field

    two turns of the wheel back in time.

     

    The stand of cedars wakes with a start.

    The dry ground loosens its new cracks

    and tilts ro…continue reading

  • How Aligning the Chakras and Yoga Can Change Your Practice and Your Life

    Anodea Judith on the Relationship Between Chakras and Yoga Practice

    Since first learning about the chakras in the 1970s, Anodea Judith has made teaching them her life’s work. Her first book Wheels of Life (1987, revised 1999: Llewellyn Worldwide) has sold more than 250,000 copies and been translated into 15 languages, with a number of best-selling books to follow. She calls them portals between the inner and outer worlds that provide a templ…continue reading

  • Supta Baddhakonasana: Rest and Digest

    Pushkin Instructing Supta Baddhakonasana
    Supta Baddhakonasana:  Rest and Digest

    As daylight hours wane, all living things naturally turn inward. Autumn is the time of inward and downward flow. In autumn, we hunker down, settle into our roots, and let go of what is no longer needed.

    As trees release of their leaves and plants turn brown and brittle, we also let go of the high-energy vibrancy of the sun’s radiance, in favor of the muted light of i…continue reading

  • Urdhva Mukha Prasarita Padottanasana

    Urdhva Mukha Prasarita Padottanasana: Hugging the Earth

    I’d like to propose an inevitability to accompany death and taxes: gravity. In fact it’s arguable that gravity is more consistently inevitable than taxes, because there are ways to get around paying taxes if you can afford it. None of us escapes gravity.

    Gravity is responsible for keeping us from floating off the surface of the Earth. It is also responsible Earth’s orbit around the sun a…continue reading

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