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A New Chapter: Reflections From Mysore 6 Weeks In

I don’t often publicly express opinions or viewpoints until I have fully digested and integrated the experiences that lead to their formation. I realize that this has become increasingly rare in today’s world of social media where we can impulsively broadcast all of our experiences and opinions instantly. It is not uncommon for photos, quotations and reactions from a certain...

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A Pointer for Better Posture(s)

Asana Quick Fix: 16 November 2014: A Pointer for Better Posture(s) I spend anywhere between 4 to 5 hours sitting in front of a computer … an hour or two, behind the wheel of a car .. and admittedly, an hour or so watching a movie or TV. That adds up to about 8 hours of a seated posture, head...

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Handstand Basics

Yoga Minded: 13 November 2014: Handstand Basics There is definitely a knack to doing handstands, but if you build up the strength and the technique with these exercises you will be having a new perspective on the world in no time. Even Stu has a staring roll in this video that we shot in Goa. Melanie Cooper has been teaching...

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Feed Your Soul

Love Food & Yoga Titbits: 10 November 2014: Feed Your Soul Primary Foods vs Secondary Foods “Sometimes we are not fed by food but by the energy in our lives…everything is food…We hunger for play, fun, touch, romance, intimacy, love, achievement, success, art, music, self-expression, leadership, excitement, adventure and spirituality” Joshua Rosenthal, Integrative Nutrition. When I studied with the Institute...

With some training, you can get them to wait in a particular place. Not a bad thing to know where they are as they are so small you could inadvertently squash it. Not too good for the karma! 2

Frogtastic Meditation Assistant

Do you practice in a country where mosquitoes are prevalent? There is often a problem with mosquitoes when you are trying to meditate in Asia. You don’t want to put chemical repellent on your skin or breath in the smoke from a coil so you are left with citronella or your own mini mosquito net which can cause over heating....

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What sort of work you are doing with dance and yoga in the Mumbai slums?

7 November 2014: Interviewee: Josefin Wikström What sort of work you are doing with dance and yoga in the Mumbai slums? I met Josefin a few years ago and was taken by her joy of life and enthusiasm for using dance and yoga to help people in unfortunate circumstances. With my new column up and running I thought it was...

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Manju Jois Mini Interview

24 October 2014: Interviewee: Manju Question: What is the difference between breath with sound & Ujjayi breathing? Actually this is only one of the questions asked in this mini interview, that include questions about chanting , the purpose of the physical practice, what yoga means to him. Manju Jois, Ashtanga Yoga guru of Mysore, South India, is the oldest son...

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Sun Salutations Part 2

The last article in this series was the introduction to the sun salutations series with an anatomical spin. In this article we will be exploring: How to lift the arms over your head. Raising the Arms It seems as though I have seen hundreds of variations on how students raise their arms over their head to begin a sun salutation....

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Sun Salutations Part 1

There is nothing that seems to cross all boundaries of yoga styles as clearly as sun salutations. Of course there are variations on the theme, but it seems that all styles do them. Sun Salutations put movement through all of the joints of the body and moves it in many directions. Perhaps we have a little difficulty in finding say,...

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Backbends in Focus

Yoga Minded: 20 October 2014: Backbends in Focus. Backbends require the front of the body to be in several key areas. In this video I show you the areas that students often experience restriction and provide some exercises to help facilitate a more comfortable and rewarding backbend journey. Melanie Cooper has been teaching yoga for 16 years, and training yoga...