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  • 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

  • Yoga Strap: Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana

    Using a Yoga Strap in Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana

    Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana (UHP) is one of a class of poses my students call “flying poses.” Flying poses are the ones that feel as if they’re expanding your body to its outer reaches. When you’re practicing UHP, or any of the other flying poses, you may even feel that your body is on the barest edge of spontaneously taking flight. It feels fantastic.

    All too often though, in UHP we’r…continue reading

  • Another Way of Looking at Body Positive Yoga

    Body Positive Yoga - Why Yoga Really is All About the Body

    “It is through the body that everything comes to the mind. It is through and with your body that you have to reach realization of being a spark of divinity. How can we neglect the temple of the spirit?” — B.K.S. Iyengar (Sparks of Divinity, Rodmell Press)

    When I first read this quote years ago I interpreted this way: It is through our practice of asana, at those times when we lose the…continue reading

  • Lavender Flowers for Yoga and Beyond

    Lavender Flowers
    Ahhhh ... Relax with Lavender

    Autumn is the time when it’s natural to draw inward. Right now it seems that every morning is noticeably darker and daylight ends a whole lot earlier each day. As our exposure to natural light decreases, sometimes a little mood modification is in order.

    Lavender is the perfect herb to brighten the shortening autumn days. In addition to its lush and stimulating scent, lavender is said to be a mood lif…continue reading

  • Using a Yoga Block: Trikonasana

    Using a Yoga Block in Trikonasana
    Using a Yoga Block in Trikonasana

    If you look at the shape of Trikonasana (Triangle Pose) it’s easy to see that a whole lot of what feels great about it is its expansion and openness. But sometimes when we reach what we think is our “fullest expression” of Triangle, we find it becomes hard to breathe freely, or we may feel collapsed or contracted, especially in the front of the torso—anything but expansive…continue reading

  • Bad Dog Arts - Art for All

    Masterpiece in Red
    Bad Dog Arts Inspires a Love of Art for Kids of All Ages

    “To be an artist, you have to be a risk taker.” So says Victoria Lyons, co-founder/co-director of Bad Dog Arts, an organization named for the star of an illustrated book, Bad Dog Rediscovers America, by Michael Morgan Moonbird, the organization’s other co-founder and co-director. In the book, Bad Dog is a risk-taking renegade who travels around the country getting in…continue reading

  • Hanumanasana: Take a Flying Leap

    Hanumanasana with Block
    Hanumanasana: Take a Flying Leap

    A while back, I recounted the story of Anjaneya, a child prodigy—part monkey, godson of the wind god Vayu, and reincarnation of Shiva—that got himself into trouble for making a giant leap for the sun without the sun god’s permission. Long story short, Anjaneya was not only absolved of his crime, after some wrangling with the sun god, but even elevated to god status. Dubbed Hanuman, he …continue reading

  • Yoga Poetry - Body of Time

    Yoga Poetry - Body of Time

    What did you expect?, the knee asks. Just the way of the world, says the elbow.The wrinkles of the knuckles laugh harder,and the little toes on both feet turn outas if escape was possible. This body of timetakes another breath, sends another valentine,ignores another blast of hatred even as it learnsnew tricks: ways to hang upside down in ropesat the yoga studio, or catch the melting ice creambefore it escapes from cone …continue reading

  • Yoga Props: Bolsters and Blankets and Blocks, Oh My!

    How to Use Your Yoga Props

    Blankets and bolsters and blocks, oh my! Wedges and straps and mats, oh my! You’ve probably seen them all, in photos or in your local studio or gym. But what are you supposed to do with them?

    If you attend an Iyengar, Kripalu, Anusara, Viniyoga or Restorative class, you probably have a good idea how to use at least some of them. Other classes, such as Power, Ashtanga, Jivamukti, Vinyasa and Hot Yoga might also employ yo…continue reading

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