The Anatomy of Pranayama: Understanding Our Breath

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“Full body breathing is an extraordinary symphony of both powerful and subtle movements that massage our internal organs, oscillate our joints, and alternately tone and release all the muscles in the body. It is a full participation with life.” Donna Farhi, The Breathing Book Breathing is a simple act we have performed since the moment […]

Take a Load Off, Or Should You?

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We often shy away from weight bearing exercise – that is, applying an opposing force that muscles must strain against – because, let’s face it, they’re difficult. Who wants to spend time in plank without some heavy encouragement? It pays to change our relationship with load bearing exercise however, as it can play an important […]

Why Are Yoga Pushups (Chaturanga) So Difficult?

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Your yoga practice opens with a welcoming period of calm centering followed by invigorating breath work.  The teacher guides you into a gentle series of cat and cow poses and eases you into mountain pose (tadasana).  Immediately your mind drifts and pleads….”Oh g-d, pleeease no pushups today.” Reset, you are ready – filled with confidence […]

Great Yoga Books For Any Yogi

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Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff What a great addition to the yoga canon! Leslie Kaminoff’s Yoga Anatomy (2007) offers a truly unique opportunity to look at yoga poses from the inside out. Kaminoff is the founder and director of the Breathing Project, a yoga studio focused on breath-centered practice, and is an expert in yoga […]