Tagged: asana

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Technique Pointers for Marichyasana D

06 Febuary 2015: Interviewee: Peg Mulqueen From what I have seen Peg Mulqueen spends much of her time studying with great teachers and that is good news for us because she has a wonderful talent for assimilating what she has learnt and passing that on to the rest of us in her own easy to understand style. She seems to...

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Kapotasana in 3 (not-so) easy steps

Asana Quick Fix: 30 January 2015: Kapotasana in 3 (not-so) easy steps Step One from David Garrigues: It’s something I’ve written here before about – the lift UP. It was David G. who first taught me to raise my arms to lift me UP and out of my pelvis while rooting down through my legs. Many of us dump into...

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A Team Body Approach

Asana Quick Fix: 13 December 2014: A Team Body Approach If you’ve never experienced low back pain, consider yourself lucky. (And then, knock on wood.) You see, around 75% of the adult population HAS – and I’m not talking about those who practice yoga. It’s a “thing” and not a yoga “thing.” It comes up in yoga a lot, though....

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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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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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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...

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Led Ashtanga Practice (audio file recorded in Goa)

Yoga Minded: 23 May 2014: Led Ashtanga Practice (audio file recorded in Goa) One of the things I love teaching the most is a full led ashtanga primary series. The full series has an amazing elegance and intelligence and logic. It builds you up and then gently brings you back down. It stretches you and strengthens you in practically every...

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No Magic to Protect You in “Wild Thing”, And No Magical Way in Which Yoga Changes the World /// Plus We Heart Be Scofield

By Matthew Remski Nugget: The claim that Wild Thing can be done safely might involve the same wishful/magical thinking as the claim that yoga and meditation will automatically “shift consciousness”, whether individually, communally, or “vibrationally”. Both claims seem to depend upon overlooking concrete material conditions in favour of nurturing faith in vague metaphysical principles. Concrete material conditions demand specific learning...

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Update 3: What Are We Actually Doing In Yoga Asana /// “Wild Thing” Pose: Impossible, Injurious, Poignant

By Matthew Remski Certum est quia impossibile est. — Tertullian I’m closing in on fifty interviews for this project, and it’s getting richer every week. I’ve spoken to a trauma survivor who has been repeatedly triggered in asana classes by both invasive touch and psychological insensitivity. I’ve spoken to a medical doctor (as well as 30-year practitioner and teacher) who...

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