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A Love Affair in Virasana – Her Pelvis Met Her Heels

It has been so many years, she thought it’d never happen. She practices yoga regularly. Fourteen years that I know about, during the week and on weekends too. She practices with fervor, refinement and a smile. She is the one

Posted in Yoga Teachers: Shine and Refine

The Holidays

The Holidays As the weather changes and the holiday’s approach, so does out sense of urgency and stress. Plans get made, gifts get bought, meals get consumed, and time, as always, seems to continually run out. The weeks between Thanksgiving

Posted in Yoga Therapeutics

Yoga Practice is Shocking

Whether we are fresh to yoga or practicing for years, the feedback from our bodies can be shocking. That tightness in my side, shoulder or hip – where did that come from? Ow, I am prevented from doing what I

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Teaching Letting Go

Begin face down to the earth, feeling your breath. Internally rotate your legs so that your back feels open. Feel your breath like a buoy in your belly. Notice how it fills along your ribs, pressing your chest into the

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Supine Shoulders Adjustments

When I attempt to adjust someone’s shoulders in savasana, I first lift their arm by the hand or wrist. I give their arm a little wiggle or shake to determine the degree of release. Still sometimes a student is not

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On Teaching Alignment

While working to align ourselves, specifically our shoulders, it’s easy to overdo it. To minimize strain, we want to spread our collarbones wide. If we trace the collarbone with our hands, we can feel the distal end far out to

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Subway Series

Subway Series Photo Shoot: July 21, 2010 On any sweltering summer day, practicing yoga provides its own challenges. On an unusually hot Wednesday morning in late July, Gina and I descended into what one can only consider the least likely

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AcroYogis, Deven Sisler and Sam Miller guided our workshop group through a very short, simple warm up. Their plank partnering taught us about holding our own weight and they shared the best standing core exercise ever – The Hollow Body!

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Fitting In Fitness: Exercise Tips for New (and not so New) Moms

This was originally posted by Jennifer on Hip Slope Mama (www.HipSlopeMama.blogspot.com). Oh the joys of new Motherhood—so much excitement and so much caretaking to do for the new child. And if the new baby is not the first baby in

Posted in Body Mind Design, Other Brilliant Stuff

The Wave

The powerful movement and sequence of a wave is used to create a rippling effect in the body by mimes, break dancers and even ballet dancers (think of the dying swan’s wings). It transfers energy from one point to another.

Posted in Teaching Sequence, Warm Up Sequences, Yoga Teachers: Shine and Refine