Issue Section: Yoga Culture

Corpse Pose

A celebration of life.  In 35 years of practicing asana, only rarely have I heard Savasana, yoga’s final relaxation pose, called by its literal name: Corpse Pose. Whoever thought o …

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Why Yoga Really Is All About the Body

Since yoga entered the mainstream about 15 years ago, I’ve proclaimed again and again that yoga is not just about the physical practice. I spent five years writing a book about the …

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Yoga: Anjali Mudra

Simple greeting or divine salute? Few positions are more ubiquitous in yoga practice than Anjali Mudra (Prayer Position). We often practice Anjali Mudra to begin and end a class. W …

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Yoga: Anjali Mudra

Simple greeting or divine salute? Few positions are more ubiquitous in yoga practice than Anjali Mudra (Prayer Position). We often practice Anjali Mudra to begin and end a class. W …

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The Wisdom of Humility in Yoga Practice

Adeep sense of humility will help you learn yoga. It is important to remember that no one path or school has a monopoly on the truth. There are excellent and poor practitioners in …

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Greening Your Yoga Practice

Asana practice has the unique ability, among physical activities, of helping us replenish the prana (life energy) we spend during our daily activities. We spend prana when we talk, …

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Yoga: Give Your Body Some Gratitude

The past few years have given me a bit of a wake-up call. My body, which has always been very low maintenance, has been sending me a big message: “Stop taking me for granted!” Almo …

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Grounding Your Practice

In 1989, I went to Pune, India to study with Geeta and BKS Iyengar. A group of 30-some dedicated practitioners from around the U.S. joined senior teacher Mary Dunn for a three-week …

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Yoga: Why Practice Mindfulness?

A diagnosis of cancer and the experience of equanimity, then gratitude. Last July, I had the good fortune to sit an 18-day meditation retreat at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Ma …

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A Life of Practice: Reflecting on 30 years of teaching yoga in Salt Lake City

I attended my first yoga class in early 1982 in a small studio with pink plush carpet. After an hour-plus of slow, mindful movement and a nice long Savasana, I pretty much floated …

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