May-ed For Fitness – Asana Awareness: Side Plank Pose Variation B (Vashistasana B)

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Peanut butter and jelly are long considered to be two good things that just go really darn well together. Two other things that have a love affair? Stability and freedom. Huh? Don’t those sound more like a contradiction? Actually, no. Thousands of years ago, Master Patanjali formed a sentence in the Yoga Sutras that was to go […]

Celebrate Your Strength: Try A Flock of Crow Poses & See What Comes Up!

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This is an asana that stymied me for years. When I looked at its shape, I saw in my mind how it could be possible, but in my body it remained mysterious, unavailable, and admittedly, frustrating at times, too! The lifting of one leg up and back from Crow pose is certainly a transition that […]

Asana Addict – Upward Facing Extended One Leg Posture “Standing Split” (Urdhva Prasarita Eka Padasana)

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I must admit… I think “Urdhva Prasarita Eka Padasana” is by far one of the most fun things to say. It’s right up there with “supercalifragilistic-expialidocious!” It can, however, not always feel as fun to do. Not only is it a forward bend (which requires some sweet talking of the hamstrings) it is also a […]

NY Times: Yoga Can Wreck Your Health. (Here Are 7 Ways To Avoid It)

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The recent New York Times magazine article “How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body” (William Broad, Jan. 5, 2012) has created an international controversy in the world of yoga. The article’s focus on reclusive yoga teacher, Glenn Black, a respected faculty member at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY, draws attention to the hazards of the […]

Power Up Your Life With Core Strength!

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Power, stability and ease emanates from your core (your center) improving nearly every movement you make and most yoga poses you flow in and out from. Your core is both physically and emotionally your center of balance and strength. Plugging into your core abdominal muscles stimulates an attitude of inner strength and confidence and stokes […]

You Can Do It! – Dolphin Pose

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Remember: We get stronger and gain confidence just by trying! It doesn’t matter how long it takes to learn a posture. Never stop trying and before you know it, you’ll find yourself saying, “Wow! How did I get here? Here I am!” – Allison Upside down feels great and offers many health benefits! Come onto […]

Inverted Nightmares – Everybody Upside Down- Neck Injuries In Headstand

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Let gravity work for you. Inversions are good for your lungs, heart, thyroid, and more. Unfortunately, however, beginning and veteran yoga students are showing up in the offices of bodyworkers, chiropractors, and medical professionals with compression of the upper spine and impaired mobility in the neck, presumably from the practice of inversions. In a culture […]