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What Are We Actually Doing in Asana? (introducing the WAWADIA project)

By Matthew Remski On January 2nd 2014, I posted a request to Facebook: ______ Dear Facebook yoga practitioners – I’m doing some research into asana-related injuries for an upcoming writing project. I would like to gather formal interview subjects, but also to hear, via private message whatever details you care to disclose. If you’d like to be an interview subject...

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Ashtanga: Aging and Fatigue

By Chad Herst A friend within the Ashtanga community recently reached out to me because she has been struggling to find a way into her practice such that it supports her fatigue and depression.  She wrote, “I have had chronic fatigue for many years, and used to find my practice helpful with my energy levels, but lately, I’ve been struggling...

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Turmeric Power

By Anthea Grimason This golden wonder spice came into my radar during recent stints in Bali when I became rather fond of a local drink called jamu, made with fresh turmeric, ginger, tamarind and honey. Lately much has also been researched and written about the wonders of this intensely bright, pungent super food. Now known to effectively fight inflammation in...

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Glenn Ceresoli Interview

While at the beautiful Satsanga Yoga Retreat in Goa India I was lucky to arrange a rare interview with senior Iyengar teacher Glenn Ceresoli. Glenn has been practicing and teaching for over 30 years and although based in Sydney Australia he spends a good amount of his time traveling around the world holding intensives, retreats and workshops. His depth of...

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Preventing Yoga Injuries vs Preventing Yoga, Part III: Joint Mobility, Stability and Proprioception

By Ray Long A central concept in all healing arts is that of correcting imbalances within the body. The principle of re-establishing balance can be found across all cultures from Navajo sand paintings, Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine to modern allopathy. And anything with true healing power also has the capacity to cause injury when practiced without balance. For example, joint...

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Preventing Yoga Injuries vs Preventing Yoga, Part II: Joint Hypermobility

By Ray Long In this post we discuss labral tears and the condition of joint hypermobility. I also present the case of a specific injury from yoga practice, its biomechanical basis and the steps that can be taken to aid in its prevention. First, however, let’s look at the concept of association vs causality. Simply put, because some activity is...

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Preventing Yoga Injuries vs Preventing Yoga, Part I: The Hip Labrum

By Ray Long I’m thinking the ancients were onto something. Meaning this (possibly) 5,000 year old art that so many of us enjoy practicing and teaching. I’m talking about the tradition of Hatha yoga. The one that includes putting our bodies into poses like Uttanasana, Dandasana, Padmasana (Full Lotus), Sirsasana (Headstand) etc. Now, part of that practice involves poses that...

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The Yin and Yang of it all.

By Anthea Grimason Eating to balance yin and yang has been the Chinese way of eating for centuries, a concept which later became key to macrobiotics. So what does it mean? Balancing yin and yang is about balancing the energy of food, as opposed to balancing certain food groups. Yang foods are considered to be more heating to the body...

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A Dash of Doshas

By Anthea Grimason Where in the world are you? What’s the weather like outside? What’s going on in YOUR world i.e. your body? What’s the weather like inside? In Ayurveda it’s all about eating and living according to the season (outer climate) and your body type (inner climate). It’s fairly easy to check weather patterns but what about your own...

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