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  • Finding the Moon

    Finding the Moon
    Did you stop now that you found the moon almost full,

    floating west across a small clearing between the clouds?

    Did you still yourself in the lawn chair on the deck, and give up

    waiting for one desire to name itself, or another to dissipate?


    Where have you been, the beautiful world asks.

    Wind furrows your hair. The moon folds under a cloud

    the size of a great lake. The light leaves in increments.

    Lightning bugs thread their stories through the cedars,

    which hold all seasons, whether...

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  • Earth Day Yoga

    Earth Day Yoga - Every Day is Earth Day
    Today is the day that we celebrate this beautiful planet that sustains us all. Back in 1970, Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson, inspired by the devastation of a California oil spill a year before and by the energy of the anti-war movement, felt that Americans should mobilize around protecting our environment. He conceived the day as an opportunity for a “teach-in” about the problems facing our most precious resources—air and water. On April 22, 1970, 20 million people took to the streets to show support.

    Earth Day was largely a bipartisan...

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  • Earth Week Yoga: Is Your Yoga Sustainable?

    Paschimottanasana - Seated Forward Bend

    Energy Conservation Makes for Sustainable Yoga
    Earth Week is a great time to recommit to greening our lifestyles. This includes all areas of our lives—how we eat, how we travel, how we work and how we play. It also includes how we practice Yoga.

    In the past decade, the yoga products industry has stepped up to the plate for the environment. We now have lots of choices: mats made from rubber, jute and PER, and TPE; cork, bamboo and recycled blocks; hemp straps, and bamboo yoga towels to name a...

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  • Always Remember to Cherish Yourself

    Cherish Yourself


    It’s very easy to make other people and their priorities more important than you and your goals.

    Make sure to hold your own goals, dreams, desires and needs in a very high regard. Do not give away so much of yourself that when you need energy there’s none left.

    Being of service is one of the fastest ways to be happy and to find success, but there is a balance. You can’t give away what you don’t have. Make sure you are filled up...

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  • What is Iyengar Yoga?


    Iyengar Yoga:  Technique, Sequencing, Timing and the Eight Limbs
    One of the first things I did when I moved to Salt Lake City in 1982 was search for a hatha yoga teacher. Back then the extent of yoga advertising was a black & white flyer hanging on the natural foods store’s bulletin board—the kind with the little phone numbers you could tear off the bottom. That is how I found my first Iyengar yoga teachers, Cita Mason and her then-husband, David Riley. In addition to teaching yoga, Cita was a...

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  • Advanced Yoga Practice: It’s All in Your Mind


    Advanced Yoga Practice:  It’s All in Your Mind
    Must. Do. Everything.
    A former student recently told me that she had to stop coming to class because she just couldn’t make herself sit out poses even when she knew they were bothering her back. Even though I encourage people to abstain when a pose doesn’t feel right, and my class culture is anything but competitive, this particular student realizes that it is her nature to want to do everything. An active biker, skier and climber, she’s up for pretty much...

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  • Digestive Demons on the Loose: When You Suddenly Get Sick in the Middle of Teaching Yoga

    When Digestive Demons Spring to Life in Your Yoga Class

    I had just led the class in the opening Sun Salutations when it hit: a fast-moving stomach flu that made me almost sink to my knees. Luckily, I could, telling the students we were going to do some seated poses. I kept my eyes steady as the waves roared diagonally through my torso. While I didn’t need to rush to the bathroom yet, staying focused was more challenging than correctly adding all the numbers for this year’s taxes.

    At the same time, I soon realized I wasn’t the...

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  • Hasta Padangusthasana - Time to Fly

    Hasta Padangusthasana - Take Off!
    Last month I wrote about Garudhasana (Eagle Pose), a pose that honors Garuda, the eagle god whose 40-mile wingspan caused hurricanes and dried up the oceans whenever he took flight. Garudhasana spreads our wings (shoulderblades) and our deep hip rotators, preparing us for flight. In a sense it is a jumping-off point for the expansion that April—derived from the Latin word aperire, meaning “to open”— symbolizes. This month’s pose, Utthita Hasta Pangusthasana (Extended Hand to Big Toe Pose) expresses the unfurling of our bodies to take flight.

    Utthita Hasta Padanghustasana (utthita=extended, hasta=hand, padangusthasana=big toe...

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  • What’s Normal Range of Motion?


    And how does understanding range of motion help us in our Yoga practice?

    Have you ever wanted to get into an intermediate or advanced class and been told that you had to be able to do Lotus Pose, or do Upward Bow with straight arms? I’ve never been a fan of this type of classification, partly because it takes into consideration only one small part of a person’s Yoga experience. This type of classification not only ignores one's body/mind connection, but it also denies the reality of the wide...

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  • How Important is Daily Practice?


    How Daily Practice Can Change Your Life
    You know what they say about the chicken and egg situation, right?

    No, seriously. I don’t have an answer; I want to know what they say. I never could seem to figure out which came first.

    Which is why I’m in the quandary I’m in.
    Writing Practice
    In November, I did a 30-day practice of writing every day. My goal was just to get one blog post down per day. It didn’t have to be perfect, and I couldn’t...

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