Posts by Kate Saal

Recommended Beginning Yoga Schedule

Beginner Yoga Schedule

You’ve made the decision that now is the time to start yoga.   That’s amazing because the benefits of yoga are many. Yoga can help you do everything from ease your back pain to get into incredible shape. Plus, it’s low impact.   Now for a few details such as how to choose a yoga…

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The Biggest Benefit of Yoga No One Talks About

Biggest benefit of yoga

You’re a person who likes to know the value of things so you ask, “What are the benefits of yoga?” And it’s a fair question. You should know what you’re getting in exchange for the time and effort you’re putting into practice.   When people talk about benefits they usually make lists and speak in…

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Yoga as a Skillful, Moving Meditation

Yoga as moving meditation

The idea of yoga as a skill, or as a moving meditation, isn’t novel, but it’s a lot to unpack. But understanding each element is key to knowing how to use the practice to become stronger, calmer and more relaxed. WARNING: I’m going to use the idea of yoga in multiple ways. They are accurate…

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Yoga Is a Mirror, and so is Everything Else You Do

Yoga is a mirror

Yoga is a mirror.  It has the ability to show you—you.  But then again, so does everything else you do.  So what’s so special about yoga? Of all of the way too many yoga tropes, this is one I resonate with for it reveals the power of what yoga can really do. It can allow us…

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Yoga for Mental Strength

Yoga for mental strength

What would you do in life if you could handle any challenge along the way? Just imagine. How we deal with things falls under the topic of mental strength.  It speaks to our ability to deal with fear, doubt and insecurity with courage, confidence and kindness. It is a skill you can develop and yoga…

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What is Vinyasa Yoga?

Vinyasa Yoga Flowing

Vinyasa is a style of yoga characterized by stringing postures together so that you move from one to another, seamlessly, using breath.  Commonly referred to as “flow” yoga, it is sometimes confused with “power yoga“. Vinyasa classes offer a variety of postures and no two classes are ever alike.  The opposite would be “fixed forms”…

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The 6 Problems with Vinyasa Yoga and Solutions

Handstand Beach

Each yoga system or type of yoga has deficits for none is perfect.  The well informed yogin knows what they are and works to reduce them. Vinyasa Yoga has several problems. 1) Alignment  In yoga circles alignment refers to how the posture is done.  (This is a huge, complicated subject and deserves its own discussion.) …

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Advanced Yoga

Circus Contortion

I hear the term “advanced yoga” thrown about quite often. “Advanced yoga”.  I want to try that. She is so advanced.  Check out her Upavistha Konasana. Will you teach me the “advanced yoga” secret handshake? What is advanced yoga? Often, people use the term “advanced” to refer to someone who is capable of getting into…

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