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Monthly archives: June 2016
- Setting the foundation/Opening to grace
- Posted 06 Jun 2016
- Having talked in the last two weeks about the two pairs of universal alignment principles developed by Anusara Yoga (Inner & Outer Spiral, and Muscular & Organic Energy), I now want to add the first principle, setting the foundation/opening to grace, to see how this most simple and yet most ambiguous (but most revolutionary) of the universal principles of alignment will transform your implementation of the other four.
- What does it mean to be "good at yoga"?
- Posted 13 Jun 2016
- Let me throw out something potentially controversial: "Excelling at the physical practice of asana actually is a detriment in the quest to deepen your yoga practice."
That is not to say that you shouldn't practice advanced asanas. But what determines whether your advanced asana practice is beneficial to your growth depends on what is going on in your head when you do it.
- It's the journey, not the destination
- Posted 20 Jun 2016
- Yoga for most of us is a journey towards increased awareness and acceptance of the way things are. But letting go of our future-focused, goal-oriented mindset is a long journey, where we frequently find ourselves, like a mountaineer on a slope of loose rocks, taking two steps forward only to slide back one. Finding a place of stillness and full awareness at least in some yoga poses some of the time is a big step in the right direction.
- Opening the upper back for safe, deep backbends
- Posted 27 Jun 2016
- The problem with backbends that probably most of us have experienced at one time or another is a sore lower back. Backbend-induced pain in the lumbar region is the result of the fact that when we backbend with insufficient awareness and alignment, we tend to concentrate the movement in the lumbar spine, following the path of least resistance.