The Down Side of Up

This spring might be the most incredibly beautiful one on record. I want to roll around in freshly tilled earth, wallow in sunshiny yellow buttercups, and stroll under the velvety white dogwood petals. I’m downright greedy for the sensory experience of the season—the intoxicating scent of lilac, the vibrant sweetness of freshly picked strawberries, and >> Read More

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Gate Latch Pose – Parighasana

Pose of the Month: Gate Latch Pose – Parighasana Presented by Lynn Patton In Sanskrit, parigha is an iron bar or beam used for locking or shutting a gate. Parighasana – Gate Latch Pose is a wonderful asana with many benefits. It extends the sides of the torso and stretches the back. It improves Utthita Trikonasana (extended >> Read More

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Side Plank Pose – Vasisthasana

Pose of the Month: Side Plank Pose – Vasisthasana Presented by Rachel Fagan Side plank pose – Vasisthasana was named after a sage in the yogic tradition. Vasistha translates to “most excellent, best, richest.” The pose made national news a few years ago after a study showed that its sustained practice improved scoliosis (Wall Street >> Read More

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Vicissitudes and Changes

Vicissitudes and Changes A friend used the word vicissitudes while talking to me about the recent changes in her life. What a fabulous word! The American Heritage Dictionary defines the word as 1a) change or variation; 1b) the quality of being changeable, mutability; and 2) one of the sudden or unexpected changes or shifts often >> Read More

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More in Mexico

More in Mexico While vacationing in  Isla Mujeres Mexico last month, one morning I walked for 45 minutes on the malecón (the brick walkway on the east side of the island), watched the sun come up, visited with my friend Wayne, bought yogurt at Super Xpress, and wrote in my journal—all by 8 am. A >> Read More

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Love is Our True Nature

Love is Our True Nature When February comes around every year, so does Valentine’s Day. Honestly, I’ve never been a big fan of the day. One reason is that I’m not a girly girl, and Valentine’s Day reminds me of curly bows, white lace, and fluff. Secondly, the hype surrounding that day focuses on lovey-dovey >> Read More

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Purvottanasana – Upward Plank Pose

Pose of the Month: Purvottanasana – Upward Plank Pose Presented by Lindsay Majer Purvottanasana – Upward Plank Pose used to be my nemesis pose. Long hours at the computer led to a collapsed chest, stiff neck, and tight shoulders. Not to mention the tendency to shrug the shoulders in cold weather in an effort to >> Read More

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As the New Year Begins

As the New Year Begins As the new year begins, I watch my mind come up with all sorts of good ideas about how I plan to super-charge my healthy habits. I’m going to do more asana, meditate more, walk the dog more, study the sutras more, and spend more time with my husband. Right >> Read More

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Utthita Hasta Padangustasana

Pose of the Month: Utthita Hasta Padangustasana Extended hand to big toe pose (with support) Presented by Grace Kandl Long before I became a yoga teacher, Lillah Schwartz showed us this pose in a class one day. This seemingly easy asana was challenging to me in many ways. I was struggling with balancing, tight hamstrings, uneven hips, >> Read More

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