All Stuck Up

So many of my students react to a pose that they find difficult by saying,  “I am so tight,” or “I can’t do this pose,” and “I will never be able to do this.”   Well, if it is true that your thoughts affect actions then hanging out in a pose repeating that you will never change, assures that you will never change.  And,…

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THE WALK OF ANTI-AGING

Through years of practicing and teaching (40 +) I have noticed waves of universal thought amongst teachers as information depositors. In other words what I am teaching there will be a common focus with other yoga teachers. Lately In my practice and teaching I have been focusing on the Gluteus Maximus also known as the derrière and engaging posterior and anterior together into…

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WARRIOR POSE: STRONG AND CENTERED

One standing pose will bring forth a strong and confident attitude that will move with you for your entire day. Inspired beauty and balance through strength, flexibility, and stability bringing grace and confidence to each step of the rest of your day is what Standing Asanas bring into your life.. The warrior is disciplined, fearless, strong and flexible.  To stand firmly and…

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ANOTHER POINT OF VIEW

Another point of view to assist better breathing is side bending postures.  I consider these side stretches along with twists essentials for supporting deeper breathing. This is such a well rounded asana (parivrttaikapada upavistha konasana) that spreads, twists, turns and churns from the inside out.  What a wonderful way to change your point of view.  When we are just too…

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IF YOU BELIEVE IN WHAT YOU DO. DO WHAT YOU BELIEVE IN.

I spend some of my study time reading a series of books of interviews with BKS Iyengar. whether it’s a sentence, a paragraph, or a chapter, it is an instant source of inspiration for me. His medical successes, his approache (against all odds) in the medical world, his constant faith in his study of yoga in therapeutic ways. As one who has…

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LOST IN TRANSLATION: ADHO MUKHA SVANSANA

by Shelley Piser Teaching yoga for 35 years, I am always excited to discover new clarity in conveying movement (sometimes very abstract movement) to my students so they get it! Teachers can get stuck in how they express poses and students can get stuck in how they translate directions into their own postures. For a beginning student, yoga is a new…

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