Yoga

meditation journal: doing it right

There may be times when your meditation practice feels like just another habit—something you do, check off your daily task list, and then move on with the rest of your life. While it’s good to incorporate meditation into your daily

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what is om? – what is the meaning of ‘om

I recently took a yoga class with an inspirational teacher here in Los Angeles. He began by addressing a question a student had asked him in the hallway before the start of class – what is the meaning of ‘Om’.

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three things yoga students taught their teacher

Over the last year I have been fortunate to teach yoga in many settings and to a very diverse population. I expected as a yoga teacher to give everything in my heart to my students and guide them in their

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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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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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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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asana practice is meditation II – learning to be present

You’ve just rolled out your yoga mat and you’re ready to stretch, strengthen, and challenge your body. If there’s some time left after savasana maybe you’ll meditate. But probably not. Meditation is a luxury that will have to wait until

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