Yoga Resources 2012

  There are 20 million yoga practitioners in the United States, and even more worldwide. Yoga-related resources, likewise, abound. The list below features a selection of resources, ranging from videos to opportunities for socially engaged practice–even yoga humor. Enjoy! Off the Mat, Into the World OTM (Off the Mat) uses the power of yoga to inspire […]

Uttanasana | Standing Forward Bend

  Sometimes we need to turn our attention inward–to reflect, to get quiet, to unplug. Forward Bends provide us with the opportunity to do just that. This month we’re featuring Uttanasana, Standing Forward Bend, the next transitional posture in the Friendly Warrior Series. ——————- Uttanasana | Standing Forward Bend 1. Stand in Tadasana with your […]

Ananda Balasana | Happy Baby Posture

It all starts in our bodies–our bodies are the coarsest things we have to work with. If we can bring more mindfulness to our bodies, then we can extend that mindfulness towards our minds, spirits, and lives. We especially need all the mindfulness we can get as we approach the upcoming election. Regardless of where […]

The Beauty of Imperfection

Written & Contributed by Kim King My arms were shaking. The back of my shirt was drenched in sweat. I was seriously regretting last night’s 2 for 1 Happy Hour. This was the moment my fearlessYOGA teacher decided to inform me that adho mukha svanasana (AH-doh MOO-kah shvah-NAHS-anna; downward-facing dog) was in fact a resting posture. […]

Twelve Months of Abhaya fearless Yoga | Savasana

  Known as the most difficult posture of all, savasana (sha-VAH-sana), corpse posture asks us to release completely. Releasing completely is indeed a difficult task and is especially challenging for those of us working towards social justice. We are all too familiar with applying our effort, working hard, fighting for the cause. To find some […]

Twelve Months of fearless Yoga Asana | Virabhadrasana

“Virabhadrasana” or “warrior posture” helps us to strengthen our roots and access our power. We can practice virabhadrasana to root ourselves strongly in our core so that we can celebrate the renewal of springtime from a centered place.

Twelve Months of Abhaya fearless Yoga | Paschimottanasana

Our bodies contain a lot of wisdom. Martha Graham, a brilliant pioneer of modern dance, said, “The body never lies.” Our bodies are full of truth! If we practice tuning in, we can learn a lot and perhaps even honor what our bodies are telling us. The 8th posture in the Warrior Flow is paschimottanasa, […]

Twelve Months of Abhaya fearless Yoga | Janu Sirsasana

In yoga, one of the benefits of forward bending postures is lowering anxiety.
Try out janu sirsasana a.k.a. head towards knee posture, which is a seated forward bend.

Twelve Months of Abhaya fearless Yoga Asana | Gomukhasana

As the seasons change, we begin to transition from warmer to cooler weather, longer days to longer nights, and the high energy of summer to the dwindling energy of autumn.

This month’s posture, Gomukhasana, or Cow Face Posture, gives us an opportunity to explore balance—in our arms, legs, and hips. As we explore balance in our bodies, may we find more space for balance in our lives as we begin to slow down with Autumn.

Twelve Months of Abhaya fearless Yoga Asana | Kapotasana

Kapotasana, also known as Pigeon Posture, is one of the backbends and hip openers of the Warrior Series. It is a great posture for finding opening in the thighs, abdomen, shoulders, heart center, and particularly the hips.

Twelve Months of Abhaya fearless Yoga Asana | Dvipada Pitham

As we work towards creating another world, transforming from the inside out, we will likely encounter stress. Stress in our bodies, stress in our minds, stress in our relationships, and on and on. Practice Dvipada Pitham, Two-legged Desk, to help mitigate the current and future stress we may experience.

Twelve Months of fearless Yoga Asana | Salabhasana

The fourth Asana (posture) in the fearlessYoga flow, is “Salabhasana” or “Locust Posture.” This ‘baby backbend’ posture helps us to strengthen the muscles of the spine, buttocks, and the backs of the arms and legs. It also stretches the shoulders, chest, belly, and thighs. Some additional benefits include improving posture, stimulating abdominal organs, and stress relief.