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Why alignment – Why anatomy?

By Tim Feldmann A good use and healthy alignment is the natural state of the body. Connecting to this innate state unravels habitual patterns and untangles energy, enhancing well-being, vitality and effortlessness. The means is to practice with a simple yet profound kinesthetic awareness and understanding of the architectural structure of your individual body. why alignment In this article I...

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Balance Part I – The Foot

By Tim Feldmann The foot: a double dome like shape arching from back-to-front and from side-to-side. The foot: a triangle, wide at the front and narrow at the back. The leg: connecting down into the foot like a pillar through the ankle which intercepts at the peak of the two domes combined. Standing on your two feet takes close to...

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Turning Your Feet Out When Doing a Yoga Drop-Back?

By David Keil The inspiration for this month’s article comes from a question posed in an email. The question, from Catherine, asks specifically about keeping the feet straight in drop-backs. For those of you not sure what a drop-back is… it’s when you stand at the front of your mat and drop into a backbend. It’s mostly the Ashtangis who...

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Anthony Prem Carlisi Interview

So rather than just lying on the beach all day while I was in Bali, what was I doing, searching out those great teachers for interviews so that I can bring you the juice (ok, so I lie a bit, there was a fair amount of time on the beach, but hey it’s Bali. My Gregor Maehle’s interview is here)....

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Glute Max for Maximum Extension

By Dr Monica Gauci For some the jury is still not out on whether one should or should not engage the gluteus maximus muscle when performing back bending yoga postures. Firstly, let’s have a close look at the functional anatomy of this muscle. Gluteus maximus, commonly known as glute max, is the superficial ‘rump’ muscle of our buttocks. Its prominent,...

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Gregor Maehle Interview

Gregor Maehle Interview Part 1 Gregor Maehle Interview Part 2 Gregor Maehle Interview Part 3 Gregor started his Yogic practices 30 years ago. In the mid-80’s he commenced yearly travels to India where he studied with various yogic and tantric masters and traditional Indian sadhus and ascetics. Amongst others he studied 14 months with K. Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, India,...

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My “Time-On” Sabbatical, or Where the Heck I’ve Been These Past 10 Months

Aren’t you done relaxing yet?” a well-intentioned entrepreneur friend once asked me. I was startled. For an overachiever plowing through life, taking time to be with myself and not have anything important to do was the most un-relaxing thing I could imagine. In fact, it was excruciating. Last fall, I left my position running business operations at a web startup...

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Hyperventilation: Why more isn’t necessarily better when it comes to breathing.

By Joe Miller Recently, when I was in California I spent an evening practicing holotropic breathwork. I didn’t know much about this beforehand, and you might not either, so I’ll just set the scene. There were about 20 or so of us in a circle, along with a facilitator (whose instructions generally only increased my mystification). After a rambling introduction,...

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Meditations on Embodied Practice

By Christine Lee Introduction The last thing I expected was for one of my yoga teachers to sound a Socratic note. After a six hour session, he made a disconcerting remark: “I hope this workshop has raised more questions than provided answers. I hope it has made you realize how lost you really are.” This comment came after a grueling...

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