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How to Find the Best Yoga Studio in Sacramento, or Anywhere Else

By Kate Saal / July 7, 2017

Aah Love.  While we all need it, how do you find it?  How do you find the one, the best yoga studio? Before we go any further, if you just want a few quick tips before you swipe right or left, then go here. Keep reading, though, if you want to find the best yoga…

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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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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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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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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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Bikram Yoga

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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How do do ujjayi breathing

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.…

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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…

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