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Regardless of how many times you have practiced yoga, this message could benefit you.
You do not need to feel pain, grit and grind your way through your yoga practice to gain enlightenment from the pose – this would be recognized as abuse. Instead, what if you could go inside, scan the area of pain, breathe into it, maybe close your eyes and be with the nagging sensation until it either said, “yes! Thank you”, or “that’s enough, this isn’t for me any longer or at all.”
Not all asanas (poses) and pranayama (breathwork) and certain movements are for everyone. All the … Read More
Yoga is not only about our body, mind & soul, but also about the care of our planet in which we live and thrive.
Here are a few Yogic Earth-Care Tips:
If it’s yellow, let it mellow. We are the one of the only countries that uses FRESH water to flush our toilets! It takes 3.5-7 gallons of FRESH water to flush once. Might payoff (for you and the earth) to invest in a dual flush/less H20 toilet.
Drive less, Walk more. Great for you and and the environment. Think before you crank. Is it necessary for you … Read More
When I teach Hands-on Adjustments to teachers, there is a lot to consider, such as: what is the alignment you need your students to create in order to get the most out of the pose, where to place your hands and your body, how long to stay, how much pressure to use, should you pour, pull, or press, what should be adjusted first, what cues should be spoken without needing to touch, and more. Since these components are most important in touching your student, until you can take a workshop with me and buy my book to better understand, … Read More
Prana is energy gained as a birthright at the moment we were conceived. The Sanskrit word prana translates to vital life. Pra means first and na means basic. Prana is the first and most basic element in everything that lives and consists of cells.
My daughter, Vivian and myself 2010
Prana is everywhere and within everything that we feel and experience. We are not necessarily creating prana in a yoga and pranayama practice, we are simply tapping into this vital life force. We are assimilating it, moving and deepening our experience with it and even unblocking it from places that may feel void of prana due to injury, abuse, … Read More
Downward Facing Dog, it felt so awkward the first time, it feels so good, finally – but if staying for a long time doesn’t feel as good as you think it should sound familiar to how you feel about this pose and either want to improve your Down Dog or want to share with your students how to improve theirs, here are a few tips:
First of all, you always (in every pose) need to apply the Foundations of Alignment first (buy or refer to it if you already own, my book for details.) Foundation of Alignment describes to start … Read More
Just when you thought Triangle Pose Utthita Trikonasa was easy, here’s a practice/pattern interruption:
There are a few ways to get into Triangle and what I find to be the easiest ways to teach it without confusion is either from Warrior II or from standing.
Standing/Tadasana: From standing an easy transition to triangle pose is to slightly bend the knees into a half chair, Uttkatasana, glide the right leg back 3-4feet (depending on your height), and pivot the right heel to the floor for an approximate 60-degree angle.
Warrior II: If teaching from Warrior II, the feet are at the … Read More
Just because you are a good yogi or a yoga student doesn’t necessarily chalk you up to being a good yoga teacher. WHAT?! Yes, that’s right.
So you are into your yoga practice. You practice nearly everyday and attend many yoga classes and can put your leg behind your head. You’ve taken a yoga teacher training (or soon will be in one) and you are ready to teach!
Well, let’s make SURE you are also a good yoga teacher because all the other reasons above don’t necessarily make you a good teacher, but it is inside of you. It’s inside of all of us. … Read More
Just like lots of us I assume, if we fall out of the practice of prayer or if life is just going great without giving gratitude or or reverence or recognition, we can easily forget the presence of spirit and how powerful being in spiritual practice is. It seems to me that in times like these the “ball drops” or a challenge arises in order for me to remember that relationship and engage with the wisdom and humility of getting back on track; or so I’ve chalked it up as that reason. For me, its as if spirit is checking in, … Read More