Side & Back Arches

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  The next transition postures of the Friendly Warrior Series are Side and Back Arches. These can be practiced as a warm-up or in preparation for additional side-focused postures, such as, Utthita Parsvakonasana, Extended Side Angle Posture or Trikonasana, Triangle Posture. ——————————— 1. Stand with your feet hip distance apart. To figure out hip-distance, locate […]

Yoga Resources 2012

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  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 […]

5 Poses for Extra Energy

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Thanksgiving has come and gone. I’m still recovering from a wonderful weekend celebration with family and a little (OK, a lot!) too much to eat. Yoga teachers across the country will be teaching poses to help aid digestion and elimination. While poses to aid digestion are certainly warranted this time of year, I find that […]

november 2012

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WEST COAST fearlessMeditation I | Practice of the Body CXC | Center for Transformative Change | Berkeley, CA Friday | December 7, 2012 | 7:00-9:30pm Register   fearlessMeditation II | Practice of the Breath CXC | Center for Transformative Change | Berkeley, CA Friday | December 14, 2012 | 7:00-9:30pm Register   fearlessMeditation | Instructor […]

Uttanasana | Standing Forward Bend

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  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 […]

YogaVOTES | Voting from the Mat

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  At first glance it may seem like yoga and voting have absolutely nothing in common. After all, a body-based spiritual practice and political candidates don’t even show up on the same page in most books. The connection lies in what yoga practice offers folks–discerning choice. Seane Corn, who, with Arianna Huffington, launched The Oasis […]

Ananda Balasana | Happy Baby Posture

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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 […]

october 2012

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WEST COAST fearlessMeditation I | Practice of the Body CXC | Center for Transformative Change | Berkeley, CA Friday | November 2, 2012 | 7:00-9:30pm Register   National Bioneers Conference Marin Center | San Rafael, CA Friday – Sunday | October 19-21, 2012 More Info & Register   The Pachamama Alliance | Annual Luncheon Fort […]

When Worlds Collide | High-Tech Yoga

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“What kind of crazy company,” a friend emailed me, “pays for yoga classes for their employees and then insists on their right to get the least possible benefit from them?!” And it does seem ludicrous, both what we’ve been hearing about Facebook’s employee-coddling culture, and the image of a student reaching down from ardha chandrasana […]

Apanasana | Knees Towards Chest

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In my daily life, I often find that I am rushing from one thing to the next. Rushing to get to work in the morning, rushing to eat my lunch, rushing to get to an appointment. I could very easily also rush to get to my yoga practice and rush all the way through it […]

Power, Transitions & Noticing

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  It’s 5:55 am on Tuesday, and before I step on my yoga mat I’m already thinking about savasana, my to do list for work, what to eat for breakfast and remembering to call my parents. There is a reason they call this a practice. Every day you show up on the mat is another […]

Breathing Lessons

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Breath practice during your yoga class may be the last thing you’re concerned about, especially when you’re doing whatever you can to stay in downward dog. Even when the instructor reminds you to breath, you do so dutifully for a few seconds, engage ujjayi breathing, and then return to your regular breath pattern. But yoga […]