10 Things Star Wars Can Teach You About Yoga

By Kate Saal | December 17, 2015

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…

Myths about Yoga Teacher Training

The 3 Greatest Myths of Yoga Teacher Training

By Kate Saal | June 19, 2015

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…

Yoga by the Numbers

By Kate Saal | June 4, 2015

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

By Kate Saal | December 12, 2013

  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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Yoga Philosophy? Not in this class!

By Kate Saal | August 1, 2012

  Recently I’ve taken a couple of classes from well-known studio chains—CorePower Yoga and Bikram Yoga. CorePower’s class I took because the bio of the teacher said she just completed her Master’s Degree in Vedic Science and is pursuing a PhD in Asian & Comparative Studies with emphases in Yoga Philosophy and Sanskrit.  She also…

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Ujjayi Pranayama Breathing 101

By Kate Saal | April 4, 2012

Ujjayi is the breath used in our Vinyasa yoga practice.   While it’s the most critical element of the practice, it is often misunderstood and taught incorrectly. To help you figure out exactly what Ujjayi is and how to do it, I consulted both the ancient texts of yoga as well as well-known, well-regarded modern teachers.…

Yoga is much more than poses, it is a tool to get inside

The Physical Practice of Yoga is Only A Tool

By Kate Saal | March 22, 2012

  When I first arrived on my mat years ago I knew nothing about yoga.  This was before the boom of Yoga in America, let alone Sacramento Yoga.  I went through the postures as the teacher presented them and did my best to keep up and “do yoga”.  After all was said and done I…

Kate’s Response to the New York Times Article “How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body”

By Kate Saal | January 17, 2012

On January 5, 2012, The New York Times published an article “How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body.”  You can read it by clicking here. It discusses yoga injuries and is presented by a noted science writer, Bill Broad, in a well regarded newspaper. If I didn’t know anything about yoga I might see the article…

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How the King Of Pop Gets Me to My Mat

By Kate Saal | January 5, 2012

There’s an entire branch of psychology, Sports Psychology, devoted to sports and the study of those who exercise.  A clarification here, yoga is NOT an exercise.  The physical benefits are fringe benefits…they are not the main reason for the practice. However, here in the West we tend to lump yoga in with running, weight training…

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How Often Should You Practice Yoga?

By Kate Saal | July 27, 2011

This would be a very short post if the answer were merely “every day”. It depends on what you mean by the question.  Do you mean? How often should I take a yoga class? How often should I do the physical practice of yoga to get a benefit from it? If I practice more, will…