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

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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

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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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The Postures and The Practice of Yoga

Virabhadrasana III

Helpful Things to Know About Yoga Yoga postures, by themselves, are just yoga postures. The practice of yoga is the intention of looking within, to become mindful and conscious. Yes, you can do yoga without doing yoga postures and you can do postures without doing yoga. Understand this and you’ll realize how we end up…

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What Makes the Perfect Yoga Teacher Training

Every year thousands of people sign up for teacher training without any investigation. With the cost of a program valued between $2500-$4500, that’s a big leap of faith. So how to find the right yoga teacher training, at least the right one for you? Rather than focusing on perfection, it makes more sense to know…

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Does Anyone Need Yoga?

  Ask people why they practice yoga and you’ll hear a couple of recurring themes: To get more flexible To build, strength, flexibility and endurance To maintain a healthy lifestyle To reduce stress Yes, you’ll absolutely get those with the practice, but they are a gift with purchase.  They are fringe benefits like the box…

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10 Things Star Wars Can Teach You About Yoga

Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens up December 18, and I’m beyond excited. Though camping out to be first in line was not an option for me, I have read several articles on why a film made almost 40 years ago, endures.   [Quick note, among reviewers, and I agree, the favorite episode is “The Empire…

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The 3 Greatest Myths of Yoga Teacher Training

Can you imagine yourself taking a teacher training? No. Perhaps that’s because you think it’s about teaching yoga. What if it was really about something else—about you? Here are the 3 greatest myths and misconceptions about teacher training. Myth #1 Teacher Training is About Teaching Yoga If you’ve practiced yoga for even a brief period of…

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Yoga by the Numbers

10 Years to give the practice when learning 3 Years to practice with a teacher before doing your own home practice 1-2 Times to practice weekly, when first starting, to build strength and flexibility 20.8 Million Number of people who practice yoga in the United States 44.4 Percentage of Americans who aspire to try yoga…

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Why Yoga Matters

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  The work of “going within” has tangible benefits in the “real world” because your life is a series of actions that are all based on something that occurs within you.  [In the yoga context, all thoughts, words and actions are actions.] Your life is also a web of relationships.  This is true even if…

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