Category: Ask The APP

Ask the AYP: How can I help my Black students feel comfortable?

    This morning, I received a question from a White yoga teacher.   It was brought to her attention that Black students don't always feel comfortable or safe practicing in…
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Ask the APP: What is Svadyaya/Self Study?

I recently received a question asking for clarification on Svadyaya. Two Schools of Thought on Svadyaya Svadyaya means studying yourself and any work you do on yourself is self study. …
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Different Yoga Styles: You Got It All Wrong

As a blogger,  I receive press releases all the time. I received one yesterday that was really disturbing. It came from a major "yoga lifestyle brand"  aka retailer of cute…
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A Deeper Conversation on Pain In Yoga with Gregor Maehle and Satinder Khalsa

I received a comment on my article, Yogi's Attitude Towards Pain, that made me realize that I deeper conversation  on pain and suffering needed to take place. The comment centered…
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Yoga Sutras for Modern Day Life: Is Yoga Religious?

Before we continue with the commentary on the Sutras,Yoga Sutras for Modern Day Life, it is time to define Isvara. Isvara is much debated term in the yoga world. It is…
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Ask the APP: Why Practice Ashtanga 6 Days a Week?

Question: I'd love to hear some thoughts on why we do a 6-day/week practice, when it started, who started it, etc. My husband is not a yoga practitioner and he…
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Ask the APP: Ashtanga For All Bodies

“Old man, stiff man, weak man, sick man, they can all take practice but only a lazy man can’t take practice.” Sri K Pattabhi Jois There was an inquiry on…
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What You Need To Know About Mysore Style Ashtanga

You are taught the poses by a teacher! The most common misconception about Mysore style Ashtanga is that you are not taught the poses or that you have to know them…
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Ask the APP: Can you learn Ashtanga without a teacher?

Question: Can you learn Ashtanga without a teacher? I will make the assumption that this is referring to the physical practice of Ashtanga. A Cautious Yes, But.....   The poses…
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