Category: Yoga

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Do not try this at work: Happy Baby

Do not try this at work: Happy Baby

Yes, there I am at 4 months, a very happy baby! Usually I write about poses you can do at the office however, there is no really good way to stay true to the intent of happy baby pose and make it something that would feel comfortable practicing at work. This week I'm making a radical...

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Are your feet awake?

Are your feet awake?

I’ve been exploring so many different poses lately, really exploring them. Not within the flow of a yoga practice but spending time with each pose. This week it is wide legged forward fold, prasarita padottanasana. Forward folding postures seem to be all about your hamstring stretching, or not...

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Exploring Plank

Exploring Plank

How did you feel when you saw the subject of this message? Did you say Ahhhh, I LOVE plank pose? If you asked 100 people what is their favorite yoga pose plank would be the favorite of only a few. I may not be able to convince you that it should be number one on your list but I want to share a few...

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The truth about twists

The truth about twists

It is very common in a yoga class to speak of twists as a way to wring out the toxins in the body. You'll even see and hear that mentioned in the practice I feature below with Adriene and the short seated chair twist video. It is what we all learned in yoga teacher training and I have shared...

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A radiant half moon

A radiant half moon

In the practice of yoga there are some poses where there is a half of something version which engages one side of the body and then a version to fully engage both sides of the body at the same time. Half moon pose is not one of those poses. There is no full moon pose but don’t worry half moon is...

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Pyramids and Sand

Pyramids and Sand

I love the beautiful photo of the woman above in pyramid pose. For her it appears so easy. My body will never make that shape, not in this life. While there is not doubt that my shin is worth a tiny kiss, it is just not going to happen. There are however some hidden treasures in the path toward...

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The anchor and the explorer

The anchor and the explorer

In the practice of yoga the mystery of balance is a process of discovery. There are the obvious balance poses, like tree pose where one leg lifts and you are balanced on the other leg. In side angle pose balance happens in a very different way. Iyengar, one of the fathers of yoga, was said to...

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All pigeons are not alike

All pigeons are not alike

If I took a survey about pigeons, there would be people who would swear they are flying rats, the bottom of the ladder in the world of birds. I'm sure I'd also find others who whole-heartedly adore these feathered friends. Pigeon pose in yoga has an almost identical range of reactions. For some...

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Trees and Letting Go

Trees and Letting Go

Do you know why trees lose their leaves? I didn't really understand the science behind it. After a little research, it seems trees are familiar with one of the big tenants within a yoga practice, non-attachment. It's one of the ideas that can be confusing. But so is the fact that deciduous trees...

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Building Your Boat

Building Your Boat

When I was a student in yoga teacher training, I was not the star of the class. Far from it. I practiced yoga 2-3 times a week and with the busy schedule I had running my exhibit design and architecture business and raising two young children I was rather proud that I was doing that. In my life, in...

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