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  • How Iyengar Yoga Influences Your Practice

    Iyengar Yoga: What Makes it Different?

    In recent days, many in the worldwide yoga community have been aware that the 95-year-old yoga teacher, BKS Iyengar, was hospitalized last week. He left this life today at 3:15 am (India time).

    If you practice almost any form of Hatha Yoga, whether or not you have studied directly with BKS Iyengar or someone who teaches his method, your practice has likely been influenced by him. His explorations into alignmen…continue reading

  • Eat Your Antioxidants!

    Boost Your Antioxidants with a Seasonal Fruit Salad

    One of the best things about summer is that the sweetest, most succulent fruits and veggies are in season. Berries, in particular, are so much better when you can find them fresh and at the height of their sweetness.

    Among the most antioxidant-rich foods are berries, with blueberries at the top of the list. Stone fruits such as plums also rank high for antioxidant power. If you can find fresh, in-…continue reading

  • Where Is My Body? How Yoga Practice Answers That Question

    Where is My Body? How Yoga Practice Answers That Question

    When I started doing yoga, I was confused a lot. Always having a hard time remembering left and right, and also being somewhat disembodied after years of residing in my frontal lobe, I had trouble following direction. In Warrior II, when the teacher said to turn my back foot in one way, I would often turn it the other way. Sometimes I would bend forward instead of sideways. Even how, ove…continue reading

  • How Yogic are Your Tomatoes?

    The Case for Homegrown Tomatoes

    I’ll admit it. I’m a tomato snob. Homegrown, organic, heirloom tomatoes in all shapes colors and sizes make the heat of August worth enduring. Nothing parallels eating a ripe tomato, fresh off the vine, still warm from the sun.

    I first came to love homegrown tomatoes as a child—Big Boys and cherry tomatoes from our little patch in a sunny spot alongside our garage. I discovered heirlooms in the early ‘90s, a…continue reading

  • Why Be Mindful?

    Why Be Mindful? Anything Can Happen Any Time

    One chilly February day in 1997, I was rushing to a meeting with the founder of the soon-to-be-opened Cancer Wellness House. About three blocks from my appointment, I was happy to be greeted by a green light at a major intersection. As I entered the intersection, BAM! Suddenly, my car was turned sideways in the middle of the intersection and I was completely dazed and confused. A witness told police tha…continue reading

  • A Steady Unfolding: The Yoga of Patience

    The Yoga of Patience

    I had the good fortune to spend 18 days at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in the past few weeks. My partner and I attended two back-to-back nine-day retreats. The first nine days focused on the cultivation of kindness and compassion, and the second nine days focused on mindfulness practice. I feel immense gratitude for the teachings, the practice and the wisdom of the teachers.

    When I tell people who haven't engaged in this type…continue reading

  • Yoga Poetry - Then It’s Over

    Yoga Poetry
    Then It’s Over

    The blue breaks through

    the setting clouds, an old fire,

    while the field lays down

    its colors for the night.

    Sky tumbles over itself

    day to night, tension to calm.

    What we think happened,

    and what no one but the wind saw--

    all lost to the first falling star.

    Nothing hurts for a moment.

    Those you love shine

    whether still here or long gone.

    A wide darkness envelopes

    the world, takes your hand,

    and shows you where to stop

    looking and whe…continue reading

  • The Yoga of Walking

    I’ve always loved walking. Back in the 1960s, when most people considered going out for a drive to be a leisurely Sunday activity, my father took us out on walks. Unlike most kids in our neighborhood, my sisters and I walked the mile to school, rain or shine—but not uphill both ways. As a family, we spent summer evenings walking to the Ohio River to watch the barges and the occasional steamboat glide by. We never rode an elevator when we coul…continue reading

  • Sequencing Yoga Poses: Not Just Cool Choreography

    Sequencing Yoga Poses

    In 1989 I went to India for a three-week intensive with B.K.S. Iyengar and his daughter, Geeta. Mr. Iyengar had just turned 70, and Geeta was officially handling the majority of teaching duties. However until the last week of the intensive, B.K.S. appeared every day and taught much of every class. During the last week, he traveled out of town to teach a class for one day, leaving Geeta to teach on her own.

    Because most of us w…continue reading

  • Ending a Yoga Class

    Ending a Yoga Class

    When we begin teaching at a certain time, we don’t usually envision the class ending. Such was the case with my Monday noon-1:00 pm. Class I started teaching three years ago. The class was one of the first at a new yoga studio in the west side of our town where there aren’t other yoga studios, which tend to be clumped on the east side. Our hopes were high: this was a suburban area with lots of people, and surely many would…continue reading

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