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Movement Monday: Hip Abduction and Adduction

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. If you missed the previous Movement… Continue reading Movement Monday: Hip Abduction and Adduction

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Fresh Take Friday: Stepping Back

Happy Friday! Today we're taking a fresh look at how we step back into standing poses with one leg behind you. I'll mainly be talking about how this works in Virabhadrasana 1 (Warrior 1 Pose), but you can apply the same principle to poses like Virabhadrasana 3 (Warrior 3 Pose), Parsvottanasana (Intense Side Stretch Pose,… Continue reading Fresh Take Friday: Stepping Back

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Movement Monday: Hip Extension

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. If you missed the previous Movement… Continue reading Movement Monday: Hip Extension

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Fresh Take Friday: Think Outside The Mat

Happy Friday, yogis. Today's video takes a fresh look at our practice space. This is particularly useful when practicing poses at home, where we have free use of our own area and can move around freely throughout the practice, but also has implications for practicing in a group setting. It can also help anyone who… Continue reading Fresh Take Friday: Think Outside The Mat

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Movement Monday: Hip Flexion

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. If you missed the previous Movement… Continue reading Movement Monday: Hip Flexion

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Fresh Take Friday: Move from the Hip

Happy Friday, yogis. Today's post builds on what I talked about in this week's Movement Monday post about hip rotation. If you haven't seen that yet, I suggest going back and getting familiar with it first. Then, let's take a fresh look at how we come into certain standing poses, including Virabhadrasana 2 (Warrior 2),… Continue reading Fresh Take Friday: Move from the Hip

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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

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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

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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