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The Evolution of Ashtanga Yoga Part II

Yoga and Tradition By Matthew Sweeney Although Yoga, meditation and self inquiry are gaining popularity worldwide, these are still relatively new concepts for many people. How we define these concepts and the clarity with which we pursue them is of great interest to me. I am using the following definitions to shine a light on how adherence to a tradition...

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A Return to Health: One Woman’s Ayurveda experience

 by Jodi Boone Over a cup of tea, she told me how they found her tumor. Mira, a middle-aged woman with large blue eyes and a gentle smile, holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Development and works as an administrator for the Swedish Army. She explained how the stress and long hours of her work had culminated in 25 kilos of...

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Panchakarma: The Natural Way to Cleanse and Detox

By Jodi Boone As the New Year approaches, you may be considering a cleanse or detox program. Amidst today’s cleansing craze, it’s difficult to know which path to take. The most popular detoxes include colonics (cleansing of the colon through enema) and various juice fasts, as well as The Master Cleanse. Widely practiced for decades, the Master Cleanse prescribes a...

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Sacral Nutation: The Key to Straight Feet in Backbends

By Monica Gauci There are countless miracles happening in our physical bodies every moment of our existence. One that continues to intrigue me is the symphony of cranial motion that happens with our every breath! This motion is synchronised with another gentle movement at our sacrum as it rocks between the two pelvic halves or ilia. Cranial-sacral motion is constant...

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Alexander Medin Interview

I know you will like this a lot. I managed to grab an interview with Alexander while he was leading a retreat at the wonderful Purple Valley Yoga Center in Goa, India. We talk about the how the asana practice fits into yoga, the importance of finding stillness in the postures, his own experiences starting out as well as one...

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How do I straighten my arms when lifting into upward bow?

By Tim Feldmann Urdhva Dhanurasana The question for this really is: ‘How do I accommodate my shoulders to move correctly when attempting Urdhva Dhanurasana’ … Let’s take a look. A tight shoulder girdle is common in the yoga room, especially amongst men as our arms and shoulders tends to be a bit more muscularly developed than women. When attempting this,...

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Metronome for Pranayama

I was recently on a training with Gregor Maehle and he used a metronome to pace the breathing in pranayama practice. Works great when you are counting with your fingers. It makes sure you keep the same count pace throughout and for different elements. For instance you might subconsciously speed up the count during a kumbaka.  You can download apps...

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Love Yoga Anatomy Posters

I was just about to book up my world tour to promote loveyogaanatomy.com when I realized I couldn’t afford the taxi to the airport and I needed another plan. So I rang my mum to see if she had any spare cash lying around that she wouldn’t mind me using to go jet setting, but she reminded me that I...

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Better Backbends

By Doug Keller Do you tuck your tailbone in backbending poses? It would be hard to imagine yoga without backbends-they’re invigorating, uplifting, and heart-opening. Backbends stimulate the proper functioning of the digestive system, help preserve the health of the vertebrae and spinal disks, and open the body to deep diaphragmatic breathing. It’s no wonder that backbends are an important part...

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