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Category: asana

Sacroiliac Joints and Yoga

A number of people who practice yoga, especially women, develop pain in the sacroiliac (SI) joints. Some of the pain in women is structural – in women only two segments of the sacrum move with the pelvis while in men 3 do. This leads…

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Living a Yogic Life

I recently received a beautiful gift of the Daily Greatness Yoga Journal. It’s a beautiful book (I have trouble writing in any book and especially one that’s so pretty so I need to work up to it lol). At the very front it ask…

The Warrior in You

Virabhadrasana (Warrior) I, II and III In Myths of the Asanas by Alanna Kaivalya & Arjuna van der Kooij, the mythology behind the warrior poses I, II and III is described quite poetically. I’ll give you the abbreviated version. Sati was very much in…

A Virtual Yoga Retreat

Anuloma Viloma ~ Alternate Nostril Breathing

Anuloma viloma is a pranayama exercise where you are inhaling and exhaling on one side of the nose and then switching to the other side. This breath work is very relaxing to the mind, brings balance to the two hemispheres of the brain and…

Kapalabhati ~ Skull Shining Breath

Kapala means skull and bhati means light. So in the breath work known as Kapalabhati or skull-shining breath we are lightening the skull so to speak – cleansing it. This type of breath is used not only for cleansing, but also to give greater…

Utkatasana ~ Chair Pose

Utkatasana is sometimes called fierce pose, awkward chair or simply chair pose. Utkata means powerful or fierce and this pose can be just that! This is a pose that helps to build strength in the legs and arms, and done correctly stimulates both the…

Anjaneyasana ~ Low Lunge

There is a story behind the pose Anjaneyasana. It goes something like this: There was a woman named Anjana who wanted a child so much that she prayed everyday that the Lord would provide her with one. With hands stretched open toward the sky…

Padmasana~Lotus Pose

I’ve been exploring lotus pose in classes this week. This pose requires great hip flexibility, so doing some lead up poses to open the hips is an excellent idea. Most people in the western world have tight hips from the vast amount of sitting…

Commitment

We make lots of commitments over the course of our lives. Some we keep and some go to the wayside. Commitments to our work, our relationships, our studies, our personal development. It’s difficult to stay with a commitment, though, if it seems one-sided. Imagine…