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You Have a Good Head On Your Shoulders

Today is the last day of my anatomy class and this is an image of my cervical spine. The reason why I began a yoga practice 15 years ago are many. One of them was due to severe pain in my neck. The memory of this pain goes to a time where I don’t even… Continue reading You Have a Good Head On Your Shoulders

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How To Get Into Pincha Mayurasana, Forearm Balance, with Someone Stepping All Over You?

Now, the point of yoga is not to try to get into inversions, right away in your practice. But it sure is fun, especially when we see all our Instagram friends snapping beautiful shots in a one arm handstand or curling themselves into a scorpion. Handstands, forearm balances and inversions are fun, but not at… Continue reading How To Get Into Pincha Mayurasana, Forearm Balance, with Someone Stepping All Over You?

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How To Get To My Top 5 Photogenic Landmarks?

Photo tourism is definitely not a thing of the past. If we all were to dig deep into our family photo album box, we would find our parents and grandparents starring in what look like Instagram filtered photography (what we now label vintage), in front of cool landmarks, posing. Back in the days it was as… Continue reading How To Get To My Top 5 Photogenic Landmarks?

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Unique & Unusual: Heir Island Cottage Yoga Retreat and Culinary Experience

Last week I made my way to what I thought would be a purely yogic weekend led by my California based teacher Ducky Punch on a beautiful island in Southern Ireland in the most serene of cottages, the Island Cottage. Everything about this experience was unique and unusual. Yes, I said it, unique and unusual.  Now, before these… Continue reading Unique & Unusual: Heir Island Cottage Yoga Retreat and Culinary Experience

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How to get to Heir Island, Ireland for a Yoga Retreat?

Now there are hundreds of yoga retreats to choose from, but one that is on an isolated island in Ireland led by a seasoned practitioner and teacher of yoga, who is trained in Los Angeles by names such as Ana Forrest, Maty  Ezraty, amongst many others, offers up her diverse training and personality to her students… Continue reading How to get to Heir Island, Ireland for a Yoga Retreat?

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5 Reasons Why You Should Ashtanga

Right after publishing my post last week about learning to surrender through Ashtanga Yoga,  I thought a good follow up would be to give reasons why everyone should try Ashtanga. I am grateful to Ellina Kim, owner of Maitri Yoga Store and Ashtanga teacher at One Down Dog, for being able to narrow it down to five. Who… Continue reading 5 Reasons Why You Should Ashtanga

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Ashtanga and Restorative Yoga: Surrendering and Dealing with Control

– Notebooks out – Raise your hand before you speak – Please, don’t use that type of language – Stay after class I need to talk to you about what you just did. The past decade my identity has been strongly shaped by my career as a teacher. As a high school teacher, I had… Continue reading Ashtanga and Restorative Yoga: Surrendering and Dealing with Control