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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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Armenia Part II: Journey Getting In and Out of Gyumri 

Click here for Part I   I said my final goodbyes to Irina, her husband Stepan and their good friend Armen. When you’re with your backpack, hellos and goodbyes become the norm. However, the blue sunny skies greeting me already foreshadowed what was to be a smooth, beautiful and crisp sunny day.     Irina from… Continue reading Armenia Part II: Journey Getting In and Out of Gyumri 

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Benefits of 9 Sun Salutations

As summer is coming to an end on the Northern Hemisphere, the chances of enjoying the benefits of long days of sun is also. On Summer Solstice this year, which also coincided with International Yoga Day, a group of us woke up around 6am to salute the sun, which was said to be more potent and… Continue reading Benefits of 9 Sun Salutations

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Grounded Feet, Grounded Mind

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Beneath Your Feet.” In an article I read in Yoga Journal,  it is argued that the “veneration of the foot reflects its importance as the foundation of the temple of the body.”  After learning about the importance of “working from the ground up”  (i.e. the feet) in yoga… Continue reading Grounded Feet, Grounded Mind

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5 Truths Behind Those Yoga Photos on Instagram

Many won’t believe this, but I absolutely despised being in front of a camera as an adolescent and well into my mid 20s. These years were filled with the struggles of being overweight. It started off as being chubby and cute, but I ended my first semester at university with a max weight of 240 pounds.

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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