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  • Revolved Lunge - Settle In

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    Revolved Lunge aka Chaise Lounge Pose

    Born to Anjana (a supernatural woman) and Kesari (king of the monkeys), Anjaneya had magical powers and royalty in his genetic inheritance. His godfather was Vayu, the wind god. Anjaneya was considered to be the reincarnation of Lord Shiva. His auspicious pedigree made him a bit of a star among mortals.

    According to legend, Anjaneya once mistook the sun for a glowing piece of fruit. In an effort to grab…continue reading

  • Yoga Gossip: Have You Ever Been Dissed by Another Teacher?

    The Yoga Gossip Machine:  What Do You Do When Another Teacher Disses You Behind Your Back?

    When students ask my opinion about another teacher in town, I’m deliberately vague. First, with the plethora of teachers (100 or more) being trained annually in various local trainings, I no longer know 99 percent of the teachers in town. Second, even if I do know the teacher about whom they’re inquiring, I don’t necessarily know how the student and t…continue reading

  • Yoga and Flexibility: Do You Have to be Flexible to Practice?

    Why Yoga and Flexibility Are Not Synonymous

    Fred is hands down the least flexible person I’ve ever encountered. In 28 years of teaching asana, I’ve never seen anyone who came close to his lack of mobility. His Uttanasana (Standing Forward Bend) was little more than a forward nod. Before coming to my classes, he had not sat on the floor since childhood, and required tall stacks of blankets to do so. But he didn’t mind using props for every si…continue reading

  • All Sewn Up - How We Make Our Yoga Bolsters, Eyebags and Meditation Cushions

    Trina Ensures Our Yoga Bolsters Make the Grade

    Have you ever wondered what makes great yoga bolsters stand out? Like most things, there’s not just one factor. The number one quality that makes yoga bolsters rise above the pack is the balance between firmness and softness. A great bolster is firm enough that it bends only a miniscule amount, but is soft enough on the outside that it’s comfy for Restorative practice.

    Abraham Avelar, Hugger Mugger…continue reading

  • Tips for Practicing Yoga Outdoors

    Take Your Yoga Outdoors!

    Practicing yoga outside in the sunshine is idyllic. Maybe there’s a gentle breeze flowing, or you’re so close to the ocean, you can feel the wind off the waves. A change of scenery can shift your perspective, and inspire profound reflection.

    But what happens when it’s so hot outside, you can’t even touch your mat? Dark colored mats get really hot in the direct sun. Suddenly you’re not reveling in the fresh air, or…continue reading

  • Yoga Poetry - The Bridge

    Yoga Poetry - The Bridge
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    The bridge is made of weather. The bridge is made of time.

    Translucent, the color of water, it spans the world in sharp relief

    to lushness of green, western edge of blue, rain shadow in between.

     

    Five miles north, the cedars drink up the storm while the sky inhales

    old starlight, already dead when it lands, for rock and root,

    bowed thunderhead and nightfall, velocity and cricket song.

     

    The bridge is a slim path between du…continue reading

  • Chaturanga Dandasana: Help from Your Hyoid

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    Chaturanga Dandasana:  Help from Your Hyoid

    What’s an eight-syllable name that, when spoken by a yoga teacher, elicits fear (or at least, a groan) in roughly half the population that practices yoga? The same phrase evokes a feeling of invincible awesomeness in many others. The answer:  Chaturanga Dandasana (Four-Limbed Staff Pose).

    Chaturanga looks like a push-up, but it’s not a push-up. It is primarily practiced as a tra…continue reading

  • Foot Yoga for a Fine Foundation

    Your
    Foot Yoga Pampers Your Feet
    If the Shoe Fits …

    I can’t claim to have made healthy choices in all areas of my life throughout my history on the planet, but I can claim relative intelligence about one aspect of being in a body:  I’ve always worn sensible shoes. I’ve owned one pair of heels in my entire life, a pair of platform shoes I wore a few times in the mid-’70s, before chucking them after twisting my skinny ankles in them one too…continue reading

  • Yoga Mat History 101

    Prasarita Padottanasana on a Nature Collection Ultra Mat
    Ever Wondered Where Yoga Mats Came From? Here’s Yoga Mat History 101

    Things in the Yoga world have not always been as easy as they are now. Back in the olden days of Yoga in the U.S., practitioners had to deal not only with the challenges inherent in practice, but also the added difficulty of sliding around on a variety of different types of floors. I liken it to how our parents had to wal…continue reading

  • What to Do When Your Yoga Class Falls Asleep

    What To Do When Your Whole Yoga Class Falls Asleep

    They fell asleep, every last one of them. I could tell people were dozing off when I led them through a guided imagery in Savasana, telling them about the need for rest and replenishment as the seasons changed. They obviously took me at my word. Snoring abounded. Slow, deep breathing took over. Some people’s eyelids fluttered just a bit; others had their tired eyes well hidden under eye pillows.

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