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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?

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  • How Yoga Can Change your Habits

    Junk Food Might Taste Good Going Down, But How Does You Feel After?

    How Yoga Can Change Your Habits
    When I first began practicing asana back in 1982, my intention was to regain my natural flexibility. Years of hiking, biking and not stretching had tightened me up, and I felt a need to balance my strength. I’d always been curious about the mental dimension of yoga, even though I had no idea what it was. So I found a hatha yoga class and from my first class, I knew I’d found a home.

    Back then...

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  • My Para Rubber Yoga Mat - Friend or Foe?

    My Para Rubber Yoga Mat
    I expected movie love. I wanted to fall head over heels in love with my brand new Para Rubber Yoga Mat. But that was not to be. I packed up my Para Mat and took her for an inaugural four-day retreat, banking on the fact that I would adore it. I actually spent a lot of that retreat thinking how much I regretted bringing her. We practiced for more than 15 hours over the course of the retreat. Think how nice it was for me to have something to vent my frustrations over (my mat).

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  • The Yoga of Swimming

    The Yoga of Swimming
    I step into the cold pond, each step a bit more of a shiver, my feet happy and a little nervous on the rounded rocks and moss. My friend surges ahead of me and drives up, splashing me with cold and life. I know I need to take another step and let go, sink in to my shoulders, but I also know that yelping will likely be involved as well as the urge to run back out. But retreat is not an option; surrender is.

    I jump in, shiver, yell, thrash around, and give myself...

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