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The Real Work of Yoga

By Kate Saal / October 25, 2018

To many, yoga seems like a physical endeavor.  We do yoga postures, sun salutations and all things hamstring related.   It’s easy to see how someone would get the idea that yoga is about the physical.  Couple that with our culture of fitness and approach to movement which involves personal bests and winning.  We love to…

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Yoga Makes You Stronger

Three Ways Yoga Makes You Stronger

By Kate Saal / October 18, 2018

There’s a common misperception of yoga as a practice for flexibility.  Rarely do the terms yoga and strength training come up together.  However, they should because yoga is a wonderful practice to get stronger, and not just physically.  There are at least three ways yoga makes you stronger, and we’ll address all three, physical, mental…

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Biggest benefit of yoga

The Biggest Benefit of Yoga No One Talks About

By Kate Saal / December 15, 2017

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 moving meditation

Yoga as a Skillful, Moving Meditation

By Kate Saal / December 8, 2017

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

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

By Kate Saal / August 9, 2017

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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Love Yoga

Here’s Why Other People Don’t Always Like the Yoga Classes You Do

By Kate Saal / June 29, 2017

You are all about yoga.  I mean you get up for down dog and are down for urdhva dhanurasana.  Yoga has helped you to strengthen your body, calm your mind, and be a kinder, more loving person. And it’s fun. So why does your friend hate it? Ok, hate may not be the right word…

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Vinyasa Yoga Flowing

What is Vinyasa Yoga?

By Kate Saal / December 16, 2016

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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Handstand Beach

The 6 Problems with Vinyasa Yoga and Solutions

By Kate Saal / December 16, 2016

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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Circus Contortion

Advanced Yoga

By Kate Saal / December 7, 2016

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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Virabhadrasana III

The Postures and The Practice of Yoga

By Kate Saal / December 1, 2016

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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