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  • 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 struggle and become the asana, that we see into our true nature, the undefined...

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  • 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 lifter, but it’s probably best known for its calming properties.

    There are many different types of lavender...

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  • 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.

    There are many reasons that our Trikonasana might not look and feel as expansive as we’d...

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  • 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 into all sorts of sticky situations.

    When Victoria and Michael embarked on the project that would become Bad Dog Arts...

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  • 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 took the form of a monkey-god.

    The Ramayana tells the story of Hanuman’s most famous good deed, a heroic leap...

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  • 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 out
    as if escape was possible. This body of time
    takes another breath, sends another valentine,
    ignores another blast of hatred even as it learns
    new tricks: ways to hang upside down in ropes
    at the yoga studio, or catch the melting ice cream
    before it escapes from cone to sidewalk.
    Since it became an I, it revels in being owned,
    in being...

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  • 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 yoga props here and there. But there are so many choices.

    That’s why we’ve published our...

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  • The Yoga of Surrender in Sayulita

    The Yoga of Surrender
    Sayulita is a small, laid-back fishing village about 25 miles north of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. It’s the perfect place for a honeymoon if you just want to be on a tropical beach and do as little as possible.

    In our vast, open schedule, I imagined we would find time for lots of yoga classes, but that was not to be. First, there was the food poisoning—from the airport in Salt Lake City, which struck before we even landed. Then, I got the kind of cold that hits when you can finally let down your guard...

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  • Body-Positive Yoga: The Aging Yoga Body

    Body-positive yoga is gaining ground. As we start to welcome all shapes, sizes, races and genders, here's a plug for celebrating our aging bodies too.

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  • My Body, My Friend?

    Yoga Body - My Body, My Friend
    I once had to initiate a break-up.

    With a friend.

    It took me a long time to realize it, but our friendship had become toxic. I shared responsibility for letting the relationship get to the one-sided point it did, but it wasn’t really about that.

    What it was really about was what I hadn’t let myself see, as well as what I hadn’t bothered to learn in the first place.

    You know what else that reminds me of?

    My relationship with my body.
    My Body, My Self?
    Although...

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