Asana

Movement Monday: Hip Rotation

When we're thinking about doing asana, or yoga poses, we are often inclined to think about the shapes our bodies are making, or maybe what muscles are contracting or stretching. If we want to move and feel better, however, it might be helpful to think instead of the bones. My friend, Bertha That's where my… Continue reading Movement Monday: Hip Rotation

Asana

Fresh Take Friday: Chaturanga Dandasana

Happy Friday, yogis. Today we'll take a fresh look at Chaturanga Dandasana, or Four-Limbed Staff Pose. If you've ever taken a flowing yoga class, or even a non-flowing class, you may have encountered this ubiquitous pose. Western postural yoga has come to rely heavily on Chaturanga for transitions, and it is often repeated many times… Continue reading Fresh Take Friday: Chaturanga Dandasana

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Movement Monday: Introducing your hips

How are your hips feeling today? When I ask for requests, one thing I hear over and over is "hip openers". For sure, our hips often have something to tell us about the things we are doing or not doing in our daily movement. Sometimes they feel stiff or tight, sometimes they hurt - and… Continue reading Movement Monday: Introducing your hips

Asana, Meditation, Pranayama

Fresh Take Friday: Listening to Your Body

Happy Friday, yogis. Today, we're taking a fresh look at some of the cues that come up around the idea of listening to your body in your postural yoga practice. What is the right way to do this pose? Rather than looking at alignment "rules", I like to go back to look at yoga philosophy… Continue reading Fresh Take Friday: Listening to Your Body

Asana, Meditation

Fine Tune Your Savasana: Tension

One of the things we may notice when we do Savasana (Corpse Pose or supine relaxation) or any embodiment practice is physical tension. Getting still and quiet, and increasing your awareness of your body can make those sensations particularly salient. It can be very frustrating when you notice how much tension you have or how… Continue reading Fine Tune Your Savasana: Tension

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Fresh Take Friday: Arms Alongside the Ears

Happy Friday, yogis. Today we're going to take a closer look at what happens when we bring the arms up alongside the ears in poses such as Virabhadrasana 1 (Warrior 1), Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog), or Handstand (Adho Mukha Vrksasana). When the arms come up alongside the ears, there's a tendency to also… Continue reading Fresh Take Friday: Arms Alongside the Ears

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Fine Tune Your Savasana Props

Sometimes it feels like using props is cheating, doesn't it? That may be partly because too often we hear language that suggests that props are for people who can't do "the full pose". This sort of phrasing makes it sound like different versions of a pose are less than (they're not!), and that it's possible… Continue reading Fine Tune Your Savasana Props

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Fresh Take Friday: Feet

Happy Friday, yogis! Today we're taking a look at how we are placing the feet in standing poses. Specifically, I'll discuss the common cue line up the outer edges of the feet with the outer edges of the mat and introduce another way to look at the placement of the feet. (I want to acknowledge… Continue reading Fresh Take Friday: Feet

Asana, Meditation

Fine Tune Your Savasana: Obstacles

When we work in Savasana (Corpse Pose) - or do any relaxation or meditation practice - we can come up against obstacles pretty quickly. Examples might be pain, restlessness, turbulent thoughts, difficulty with the breath, chaos in our environment, or anything else that seems to disrupt our attention or our ability to remain still. While… Continue reading Fine Tune Your Savasana: Obstacles

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Fresh Take Friday: Hands

Happy Friday, yogis! Today we'll be taking a fresh look at bearing weight in the hands and arms. Are you experiencing pain in the hands, wrists, or shoulders during your practice? Do you find poses with the hands on the ground challenging? This video contains some options you may not have heard before that can… Continue reading Fresh Take Friday: Hands