Zoom Yoga

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Maintaining community in quarantine These times of quarantine are challenging us all, one way or another. My yoga studio, Mindful Yoga Collective, has been closed since mid-March, and I’m not sure when we’ll feel safe to open again. Enter Zoom yoga classes. I’m no tech expert, but fortunately, Zoom is pretty luddite-friendly. As with everything, […]

Lost in thought?

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Instead, mind your thoughts. Over the past decades of mentoring people in mindfulness practice, the most common quandary I hear from novice meditators is this: “I can’t meditate. When I sit down to meditate, my mind becomes busier than ever. I thought meditation was supposed to help you quiet your mind.” Sound familiar? I’d guess […]

Baby backbends: Yoga’s unsung power poses

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You won’t see them on Instagram. There are so many other backbends that look way more impressive on a sunset-drenched beach. In fact, they may barely register as backbends when you look at the outer form. Indeed, they are called “baby” backbends, suggesting lesser poses that are reserved for people who can’t do the “real” […]

Hearing meditation

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Doorway to the present There are lots of things to love about spring and summer—the long hours of daylight, the invitation to shed layers of clothing, and the opportunity to spend more time outdoors, for example. One  thing I personally love about the warmer weather is the opportunity to open windows in my house and […]

Connect and release: A yogic approach to neck pain

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I begin most of my yoga classes by asking if students have “requests.” These requests include types of poses they’d like to practice (maybe standing poses or twists), or areas of the body that need attention (hips, hamstrings, low back). Almost every time I ask, someone requests help for a tired, stiff neck. From the […]

Stabilizing Your Joints

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Protect your joints, build stability Instagram may currently dominate and define 21st-century yoga’s outward image, but social media didn’t invent yoga photography. As long ago as the 1960s I remember gaping at photos of loincloth-clad yogis staring wide-eyed—and rather forbiddingly—at the camera, balancing on their hands with one ankle hooked behind their neck and the […]

 
 
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