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Santosha: The antidote to self-improvement

Photo by freestocks.org on Pexels.com We’re entering New Year's Resolution time, the season of self-improvement. All around us, folks are plunging into their efforts to better themselves by losing weight, getting in shape, reading more, cleaning their house, being more organized, and many similar projects. Just around the corner is the season of failure, falling… Continue reading Santosha: The antidote to self-improvement

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Fresh Take Friday: Virabhadrasana 2 (Warrior 2 Pose)

It's Friday, and today we're taking a fresh look at Virabhadrasana 2 (Warrior 2 Pose). I've already written about the hip rotation involved in coming into this pose, and also about the alignment of the front knee. Today I want to give some love to the straight leg. When the right knee is bent in… Continue reading Fresh Take Friday: Virabhadrasana 2 (Warrior 2 Pose)

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Fresh Take Friday: Sit on the earth

Happy Friday! For today's post, let's take a fresh look at your basic seated posture. In Sanskrit, the word asana, which we often translate as "pose", actually means "seat" - so a simple seated pose might very well be the original asana. In Western cultures where we've transitioned away from sitting directly on the floor,… Continue reading Fresh Take Friday: Sit on the earth

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Fresh Take Friday: Cat-Cow

Cow Pose (Bitilasana) on the top; Cat Pose (Marjariasana) on the bottom Cat-Cow is a common movement both in the yoga world and in other movement modalities. This flowing series is most often done on all fours. In Cow Pose (Bitilasana), the spine is in extension or a backbend, with the belly descending towards the… Continue reading Fresh Take Friday: Cat-Cow

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Fresh Take Friday: Balasana (Child’s Pose)

Happy Friday, everyone! Today, let's take a fresh look at coming out of Balasana, or Child's Pose. Balasana is a pose that is commonly used as a place of rest in many yoga classes. I want to look specifically at how we exit this pose today, but before we get into that, I think it's… Continue reading Fresh Take Friday: Balasana (Child’s Pose)

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Fresh Take Friday: Supta Padangusthasana Part 4

Happy Friday! Today we’re concluding our look at Supta Padangusthasana, or Reclined Hand-To-Big-Toe Pose. If you missed the previous articles in this series, you can catch up on those here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3. While this is a pose we often think of as a hamstring stretch, there are a lot of other things you… Continue reading Fresh Take Friday: Supta Padangusthasana Part 4

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Fresh Take Friday: Supta Padangusthasana Part 3

Happy Friday! Today we're continuing our look at Supta Padangusthasana, or Reclined Hand-To-Big-Toe Pose. If you missed the previous articles in this series, you can catch up on those here: Part 1, Part 2. While this is a pose we often think of as a hamstring stretch, there are a lot of other things you… Continue reading Fresh Take Friday: Supta Padangusthasana Part 3

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Fresh Take Friday: Supta Padangusthasana Part 2

Happy Friday! Today we're continuing our look at Supta Padangusthasana, or Reclined Hand-To-Big-Toe Pose. If you missed Part 1 of this series, you can catch up on that here. While this is a pose we often think of as a hamstring stretch, there are a lot of other things you can explore in this shape.… Continue reading Fresh Take Friday: Supta Padangusthasana Part 2

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Fresh Take Friday: Supta Padangusthasana Part 1

Happy Friday! Today, we're taking a fresh look at Supta Padangusthasana (Reclined Hand-to-Big-Toe Pose). This is a common pose done lying on the back. One leg is extended into the air, usually either with a strap around the foot or holding the big toe in the fingers. This is often thought of as a hamstring… Continue reading Fresh Take Friday: Supta Padangusthasana Part 1