Good Yoga Books – The Yoga of Food: Wellness from the Inside Out

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I stumbled upon this book at the library one day in between appointments. In this thoughtful, sensitive and well-written work, Melissa Grabau, psychologist and yoga teacher, looks at eating habits and eating disorders from a yogic point of view.  What do I mean by “yogic point of view?” You might be thinking this is a book about Ayurveda and food for the doshas. …

Ashtanga: The Eight Limbs – 2

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Modern postural yoga is but one aspect of a total system of self understanding and self-compassion.  In my last post, I briefly surveyed the first of the eight limbs in the ashtanga yoga system, the yamas. Here, I’ll do the same with the niyamas, the five observances of the self, again drawing on both BKS Iyengar’s and Chip Hartranft’s writings …

Ashtanga: The Eight Limbs

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Modern postural yoga is but one aspect of a total system of self understanding and self-compassion.  While also the name for a certain style of modern postural yoga (to confuse things up a little bit), known for its demanding vinyasa and increasingly challenging sequences of poses, ashtanga also refers to a system of psycho-spiritual discipline that includes postures as only one of …

Integrating Yoga philosophy into your practice

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Are you honest with yourself about pain or discomfort in a posture? Do you ignore or push through to potential injury? Do you have a clear sense of your body’s structural limitations and do you embrace the willingness to modify or add props to support them? Honoring the truth about your body and your pain threshold cultivates a safe, stable, honest practice.

Yoga for Men: Hips, hamstrings, back and core

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Being able to touch your toes is about a common barometer and ultimate goal for back health as there has ever been. In modern postural yoga the pose that involves folding the torso over straightened legs has a name, uttanasana – from the Sanskrit for “intense stretch.”

“everything is inherent in it.” – B.K.S. Iyengar

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Have you seen “Enlighten Up?” The documentary that follows one young man’s exploration of Yoga? It’s not a bad movie. I think it probably captures what many Western yoginis feel about their practice and the elusive nature of the relationship between the physical work and its spiritual benefits. One of the bonus features is the extended interview with B.K.S. Iyengar, …