Philosophy, Yoga off the mat

Fresh Take Friday: On Letting Go

Happy Friday! Today we're taking a fresh look at... well... Fresh Take Fridays, your to-do list, yoga itself, the sacred art of rest, non-attachment, and taking your yoga off the mat. Yoga has become so synonymous with the achievement of poses in the West that many people aren't aware that the term yoga refers to… Continue reading Fresh Take Friday: On Letting Go

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Fresh Take Friday: What about the knee?

Take a look at the picture below. How many folks are worried about her front knee? Photo by cottonbro on Pexels.com If you've taken a yoga class before, you've probably heard the cardinal rule: Don't let your knee go past your ankle. When I did teacher training, that's one of the things we were taught… Continue reading Fresh Take Friday: What about the knee?

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Fresh Take Friday: Segmented Spinal Movement

Happy Friday, everyone. I took a little break from the blog this week, but I'm back. Today, let's take a fresh look at how we're moving through the spine. Your spine. It's an engineering marvel. It bears the loads of being upright in gravity. It is responsive to your movements. It protects your spinal cord… Continue reading Fresh Take Friday: Segmented Spinal Movement

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Fresh Take Friday: Stepping Wide

Happy Friday, everyone. Today we're taking a fresh look at what happens when you step your feet wide when preparing for Virabhadrasana 2 (Warrior 2) and similar poses. This builds on the work we did this past Monday on hip abduction in yoga poses. This movement is a great illustration of a principle that transformed… Continue reading Fresh Take Friday: Stepping Wide

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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