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does your chaturanga pass the “block” test?

Chaturanga Dandasana is probably the the most weight bearing arm balance in yoga. It’s all muscle! Also one of the more common poses taught as it’s part of the vinyasa movement we do at the end of every sequence. This

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savasana pose: gateway to meditation

As your asana practice draws to a close, you will enter corpse pose, or Savasana. This is the point in your practice where you begin to let go after an experience of stretching and strengthening the body–along with focusing the

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how to be more present in new year

“Change is not something we should fear. Rather something that we should welcome. For without change, nothing in this world would ever grow or bloom and no one in this world would ever move forward to become the person they’re

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how to set new year’s resolutions you’ll actually achieve

I don’t know how your New Year’s Eve played out, but I’m guessing it went something like this: after a few glasses of champagne, you began making public resolutions for the coming year. You’re going to drink a green smoothie

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maintaining a consistent meditation practice

So the New Year has just begun and you’ve made the resolution to meditate regularly. Maybe this isn’t the first time you’ve made that resolution; in fact, maybe it’s the fourth, fifth, or sixth time! For some reason you can’t

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asana is meditation, movement from within

Stage 3: In recent articles we’ve looked at the ways in which practicing asanas brings us into a meditative state. But sometimes the reverse is true, and attunement to meditative states can actually cause our bodies to express meditation through

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stay warm with yoga poses that build heat

Full disclosure: I don’t like winter. Cold, dark, and despairing, not even the twinkling lights on a merry Christmas tree can save me from the deep depression that takes hold in mid-December and doesn’t begin to thaw until March. It’s

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108 asanas of 2014 from Robert Sturman

A few years ago I had the pleasure of meeting the well known photographer Robert Sturman.  At the time I was looking for some yoga photos to use for my personal marketing and workshops. I didn’t know much about the industry but

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finding the right yoga studio is like dating

For five years I belonged the world’s best yoga studio. It was the place where I fell in love with yoga and made my practice a permanent part of my life. I thought we’d be together forever, but things went

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deepening the meditative experience of asana practice

Stage 2: In the previous article on asana as a meditation practice, we examined the willful nature of what Kripalu yoga refers to as Stage One practice. In Stage Two, we begin to work with the balance of will and

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