Category: Teaching Ashtanga

Inspiration and Coveting

The line between being inspired and coveting is a thin one. You can tell the difference by how you feel. Inspiration, well, makes you feel inspired and lit up. Coveting…
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Coming up with an Injury Strategy

It happened. That thing that you have been so careful to avoid. The thing that you have taken hours of yoga anatomy and alignment courses to avoid. You have an…
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Yoga: The Cure for Phantom Life Syndrome

When students get stuck on a pose, I often use a camera to record them and play it back. Sometimes we think we are doing something and we are not. …
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Words on the Teacher/Student Relationship

I just listened to magnificent podcast by spiritual teacher, Shambhavi, on how to relate to a spiritual teacher and I wanted to share her words with you.  In my opinion,…
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Meeting Hate with Love: Cultivating Compassion Through Asana

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali tells us to practice equanimity/upeksha in the face of wickedness. Equanimity is the ability to remain compassionate and calm in the face of wickedness and…
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A letter to Those Disenchanted by the World of Yoga

"Many of us get involved in spirituality and find our path, and then, without our being aware of it, the ego starts to co-opt that path. We begin to place…
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Yoga Statistics and Faulty Logic

  I just watched a video where an Ashtanga teacher quoted a statistic that was probably true for her students but definitely was not true for mine.  Earlier this week,…
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You Think You Know Everything About Yoga, Don’t You?

"You know nothing, John Snow." - Ygritte, Game of Thrones I have finally reached the age where I now understand why my mother's generation used to say, "you think you…
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Ahimsa: Non Harming for Positive Change

No matter how angry we are, the unbreakable vow of the yogi is ahimsa. The Yoga Sutras state that the great vows, and ahimsa is one of them, are not…
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Ask the AYP: What is an Established Yoga Practice?

I was asked by Natalie to define Sutra 1:14-"Practice becomes firmly grounded when well attended to for a long time, without break and in all earnestness." What feels like a…
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