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You Stop There, Part II – Reflections on my second trip in Mysore with Sharath Jois

I recently completed my second three month trip practicing with Sharath Jois at the KPJAYI in Mysore. Last year I wrote two blog posts about my first trip, “A New Chapter” and “You Stop There”. These articles expressed my perspective of the experience of starting over as a beginner with Sharath, after having had a daily Ashtanga practice for 12...

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Holistic Asana Practice

An Article for Asana Teachers What does it mean to be holistic in terms of practicing (or teaching) Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga? Holistic means whole, or even part of a whole, and implies completion, integration and oneness. Holistic characterized by the belief that the parts of something are intimately interconnected and explicable only by reference to the whole Part One In...

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Spring to Life

We began as mineral. We emerged into plant life, and into the animal state, and then into being human, and always we have forgotten our former states, except in early spring when we slightly recall being green again. Rumi Living in Ireland one season merges into the other on a daily basis. As an island we don’t experience the hardship...

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What’s the Problem with Your Shoulder?

Our shoulder is a precision instrument that simultaneously has a vast scope in its range of motion. With pinpoint precision we can synchronise our shoulder muscles to maneuver our arm to point our finger precisely at our object of choice – an action that requires the coordinated recruitment of numerous muscles that surround our shoulder joint like a clock. Your...

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Tingling and Numbness in Yoga Poses

Pins and needles, or a burning sensation running down the leg, or just a bit of tingling in the fingers? Many meditators and yogis have had them too: should you be worried? What is causing these sensations, and what should you do about them? Certainly, the way we move and hold our body can cause these uncomfortable sensations, but there...

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What’s with Raw Honey

Locally produced raw honey is believed to prevent symptoms of seasonal allergies, such as hay fever. Eating local raw honey exposes you to small amounts of allergens to help your body build immunity to the allergens. It is best to find local raw honey that is produced as close to home as possible as it is more likely to contain...

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Yoga and Aging

When I was young and naïve I used to say “the good thing about practicing yoga is that as you get older you only get stronger and more flexible!” This is true up to a point and that point is different for every body. The fact is that as we age our body slows down. All of our bodily functions...

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Coconuts

Are you confused about eating fats? There are plenty of natural sources of healthy fats such as a group of fatty acids called MCFA’s – medium-chain fatty acids also referred to as MCT’s medium-chain triglycerides. What makes these good for us? Researchers believe these fatty acids fight against obesity by keeping body fat from accumulating. Rather than store this fat...

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Fancy a challenge? How about Koundinyasana A!

Although this posture is in the Ashtanga Advanced A series I think it is reasonably doable if you have the hamstring length, strength, balance, focus, determination, and natural ability that is required 🙂 Joking apart I think it’s worth having a shot at as the flexibility constraints are really limited to hamstrings and thoracic rotation. However maybe start with the...


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