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FROM THE CASTING COUCH TO THE YOGA MAT… boys will be boys

I recently read an article from 2012 about what led to the fall of a very popular Yoga Teacher John Friend and his internationally recognized style Anasaura Yoga.. It was his sexual escapades with married employees and teachers which led to his downfall. Back in 2012 only quiet dribbles of these escapades would come out and then they were gone. There was (is) Bikram Choudhury Founder of the…

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BEND OVER BACKWARD for yourself

Make space within yourself to breathe deeper as you inhale and exhale.  Clear out accumulated burdens causing sadness, worry, fear, and anger.  Open your heart, open your chest and EXHALE to allow for the fullness and ease of your next INHALATION! Backbends make us happy.  When sadness and deep grief carve out a home in our body our posture reflects the expression of…

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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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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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