Category: Yoga

Musings on wholebeing@work
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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What is yoga?

What is yoga?

He was a man in his early 60’s who earnestly asked the question. “What is yoga?” I was doing a presentation for a large accounting firm in Philadelphia. At first, I was not sure if he was serious. Then I felt so happy that he asked. After the presentation, we talked and in fact, he did...

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A space at home

A space at home

Last week I wrote about my decisions to quit the gym in lieu of a home practice guided by my online teachers. For me that strategy better supports my commitment of a daily habit of movement. This decision coincided with an opportunity to continue working toward a more minimalist lifestyle, which...

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Your guide to buying a yoga mat

Your guide to buying a yoga mat

[audio m4a="/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Your-Guide-To-Buying-A-Yoga-May.m4a"][/audio]   If my home ever had a fire you’d find me, without hesitation, lunging for my yoga mat. Perhaps that seems an odd choice. It is one of my most treasured possessions. I wanted to write about yoga...

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