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Monthly archives: January 2017
- What makes an asana an asana?
- Posted 02 Jan 2017
- When is a body shape merely a body shape, and what transforms it into an asana?
It is the suffusion of the body with the breath, of bringing the quality of the breath to the shape, to the movement, that transforms a shape into an asana, a body movement into the practice of yoga. This is what fundamentally differentiates yoga from exercise, and what gives it the power to integrate mind and body.
- Tune up your core
- Posted 09 Jan 2017
- Increasing core strength can transform your yoga practice, improving your balance and bringing more ease to difficult poses while protecting the overworked and fragile lower back. In addition, it is likely to have a tremendously positive impact on the rest of your life, improving your posture, reducing back pain, improving your breathing and digestion, and even increasing emotional resilience. This week I will be teaching some powerful core exercises I learned from Ana Forrest that address all these points.
- Practicing the art of balancing
- Posted 16 Jan 2017
- When we talk about balancing, both physically as well as metaphorically, we often use the words finding balance, as if balance were a magical state that we only need to discover, hiding somewhere under a giant lotus leaf. I don't want to read too much into the simple phrase "finding balance", but the words we use to describe concepts and things do subtly influence how we think about them. Finding balance makes you search for an idealized unchanging state that you think exists somewhere. Thinking about practicing the art of balancing on the other hand focuses your awareness on the active and ongoing part you play in balancing. And when you internalize this perspective, practicing the art of balancing will become much easier, because balance is something dynamic and ever-changing, and requires — and thus teaches you — continuous full awareness.
- Posted 23 Jan 2017
- Do you ever wish you had more energy? Do you drink coffee or tea to get an energy boost? Caffeine is by far the most-consumed drug worldwide, and the reason is simple: we all want to have more energy than we do. Unfortunately, caffeine is generally not the best way to get it, because after a caffeine-induced energy boost your energy levels tend to crash to a new low, requiring ever more caffeine.
- The breath is enough
- Posted 30 Jan 2017
- What makes yoga such a powerfully positive practice for both body and mind? The focus on the breath, which has the power to affect both mind and body, and to bring them into greater harmony.