The Language Of Yoga: Finding Your Dharma

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The world can be a pretty difficult place to navigate. It’s tempting to say that it’s tougher now than it has been in the past, but that’s probably not so true. People have felt bewildered by the things going on around them for eons – war, famine, disease, how to pick a good spouse – […]

TA – DA! TADASANA (MOUNTAIN POSE)

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Asana Addict Tadasana Mountain Pose In the treasure trove of a book that is Light on Yoga, the author, renowned yoga teacher B.K.S. Iyengar, writes this sentence regarding Tadasana, or Mountain Pose: “It is…essential to master the art of standing correctly.” The art…? Of standing correctly? I don’t know about you, but when I think […]

Light Your Fire: An Affirmation of Personal Power

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This mornings yoga class at Karma Yoga was hot and passionate; the “fun factor” was high and the music was right on cue! “Change” by Natalie Merchant was a particular favorite today – we placed it twice. Following a sequence of fiery core strengthening exercises all beings were able and ready to move from a […]

Asana Addict Corner – Half Couch Pose (Ardha Sayanasana)

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Couch pose. Ha. Those ancient yogis sure did have a sense of humor. Instead of naming whatever position most closely resembled a body comfortably sprawled out on squishy-soft pillows munching on popcorn “Couch pose,” they instead bestowed the “Couch” title to the pose where you balance upside-down on both elbows only. But embracing that little […]

Asana Addict – Half Moon Pose (Ardha Chandrasana)

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Sifting through pictures to write this column, I scope out new asana to explore each month. As I came across this photo of me in a Half Moon pose variation, my first thought (aside from how much I dig my rainbow pants, hehe) was that I couldn’t write about Half Moon again; I already had […]

Asana Addict Corner – Apanasana (Knees to Chest, or Downward Flowing Energy Posture)

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Recently, I was struck rather forcefully with the Flu of the Century. It rendered me completely at the mercy of my bed and was the kind of bug that made putting my hair into a ponytail the big to-do of the day. In stark contrast to my usual days, even the thought of yoga made […]

Asana Addict Corner – Side Crow (Parsva Bakasana)

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Birds undoubtedly capture human fascination for their remarkable gift of flight. In hopes of feeling the freedom of flying for ourselves, our human race has gotten pretty inventive in different ways to toy with gravity. From skydiving to bungee jumping to hang gliding, there are a some blissful floating moments to be found, but they […]

Asana Addict Corner – Scorpion in Forearm Stand (Vrischikasana)

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There seem to be a lot of black-and-white beliefs in life. While some of these beliefs might be true (as in “the world is round”) there are many things, like opinion, that are subject to perspective. To me, being willing to soften my personal perspective and make space for other people’s truths is a gift […]

Prevention In Mind: 6 Tips for Transitioning into Fall

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September is often seen as the beginning of the fall season and is considered a “joint season” in Ayurveda, because it is a vulnerable time of year when it’s easy to catch a cold or get sick if your life is moving too fast or is out of balance. Slowing down from a busy, fun […]

Have a Wonderful Day: Start With a Simple Spirit Asana Yoga Practice – Then a Delicious Smoothie

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Build a Better Smoothie Look beyond fruit to greens and other nutrients for a tasty, healthy meal on the go. After teaching her early morning class, yoga teacher Kathryn Budig comes home and heads for the blender to make her morning smoothie–a frothy green concoction that includes ingredients such as banana, avocado, parsley, lime, ginger, […]