I’ve got some brain food for you this week, and it came in the form of a spine-tingling present in the mail. You should just go ahead and get one for yourself because I know you’ll love it as much as I do. My dear friend (and #1 student!) sent me this gorgeous hardcover copy of “Yoga: The Art Of Transformation”. This was originally an exhibit at the Smithsonian last year and is now making its way to fine art museums around the country. It’s simply stunning in book form.Read More
Our toils seem never-ending when to-do lists extend out the wazoo. Because our work is never done, we can lose sight of how far we've come, and too easily start to think we'll never get there. It's why a single day holiday such as Labor Day can seem like a cruel joke. It's also why I like to take it as a reminder to shift my focus from the ceaseless labor yet to come to the fruits of our labor already manifest.Read More
Evolution: it's one of the things I love most about the practice of yoga. Practicing yoga initiates evolution in every part of my being, and that evolution in turn creates the opportunity for evolution in my practice of yoga. It's a self-feeding loop that has no discernable beginning or end: an infinity crossing, if you will.Read More
So, you’re pretty darn good at asana and you think you’ve got it going on? Nope. Ok, that one was obvious. Let’s try this: you’ve put in lifetimes of work and you’re now, say, a celestial being made of nothing more than the residue of intellect. You’ve definitely got it going on, right? Patanjali says, “Think again, my friend.”Read More
When it comes to what people are dealing with, you just never know. I was going to write something more along the usual lines until I heard the terribly sad news about Robin Williams, an icon of film, stage, intellect, and emotion. To me, he was always a tremendous human being. To hear that his struggles with depression may have brought him to the end of his life makes me feel so deeply sad.Read More
I know, I know. Duh, right? Well, that's why this is lesson numero uno. When staycationing or vacationing, it can be easy for the smartest of us to get so excited the first day that we totally spaz out in the tropical sun for hours at a time. I believe my first words upon arrival at the beach that day were something like, "I should really try to not get sunburned." Yeah. Pace yourself and remember, shade is your friend.Read More
TKV Desikachar (Krishnamacharya's son) once said, "The success of yoga does not lie in the ability to perform postures, but in how it positively changes the way we live our life and our relationships." Indeed. I'm keeping that in mind as I hobble my happy ass around on a fairly intensely sprained ankle for the next few weeks.Read More
Go big or go home! That’s the mantra I imagine a lot of us live by when we first get going with yoga, or with any new venture, for that matter. It’s a tendency that seems to be ingrained in those of us who Patanjali might classify as students of the “intensely intense” caliber. Our focus tends to be on our big accomplishments. I remember clearly my quick progression from sheer terror to gleeful elation at my first handstand. Go ahead, think back to some of those things that were HUGE to you in the beginning of your relationship with yoga…Read More
Ahh, one week in to the all new Maya Yoga and it feels good! How can I describe it? Funnily enough, it's a lot like doing yoga: humbling, blessing, thrilling, terrifying, growing, really freaking awesome...ing. But don't take it from me alone. Other people are actually digging this thing, too!Read More
It's here! The time has arrived! It's time to try Maya Yoga in a brand new way. I'm so excited, and thrilled, and... tired! I'll tell you all about it later when I have more strength. But for now, I just have to say, "Thank you!!!" to the whole Maya Yoga team for working so hard, and for being most excellent. So, while I'm still trying to get some sleep, go check it out @ trymayayoga.com.Read More
Is that…the long lost garden? Why yes, it is! No, those aren’t images from almost 3 years ago (how did that happen?). That, my friends, is freshly trimmed earth from the blisters and sweat of my labor. I’m pretty proud of myself, especially as its the first time I’ve ever cleared and prepped a garden space entirely by myself…with hand tools, no less. What I’m not proud of is the time I let slip away from me and my garden; a loud and clear symptom of imbalance, long ignored like so many other tolerable aches and pains.Read More
So much to learn, so little brain capacity left! I don’t about you, but that’s how I feel sometimes when we get deep into details like we have been for weeks here with the spine. If this is your first foray into our Spinal Spiration series, you will definitely want to check out previous installments before jumping in on this one. Just type Spinal Spiration into the search bar at the top of this page, and you’ll get a handy dandy list to keep you busy for a while.
Phew! That’s a whole lot of spinal stuff stacked in our brains. Well, I hope you saved room for a whopping dessert, because there’s more! This one, like the lumbar spine, is something of a doozy. I’m thinking we’ll need 2 parts…at least. It’s the sacrum!Read More
Last time on Spinal Spiration, we took a closer look at the function of our Lumbar Spine and how to keep it healthy with intelligent back bends. Click that link to check it out if you missed it, because as usual, there will be very little review here. This being Part 3 of our look at the luminous lumbar spine, we'll take a look at some of the problems we can run into in that lower nether region, and how our yoga helps us keep our lumbar limber.
Last time on Spinal Spiration, we looked at the anatomy and function of the Lumbar Spine. Click on that link to check it out if you missed it, because otherwise things will get pretty hairy real fast around here. In Part 2 of the Lumbar Spine, we'll look more at function with regards to spinal extension and how it applies to creating beautiful, effective, healthy arcs in our yoga practice.
Now, let's get the low-down on our lower backs: it's time for the lumbar spine! This one's a doozy, so it looks like we're going with 2 parts. In this first episode, we'll focus more on the anatomy of the lumbar spine. Next time, we'll get to know some problems and solutions for our lovely lower backs. On with the show!Read More
Ah, I’m back from a long overdue break feeling refreshed and completely birthday-loved-up! So, it’s happily back to work we go. Here on the blog that means we have to get back to our backs with more Spinal Spiration. In this edition, we'll continue our anatomy talk, working our way this week into the thoracic spine.Read More
Let's get back on track with our re-introduction to the splendid spine. If you missed the first installment, check it out here. I got a lot of great feedback about this: especially regarding the anatomical overview. Unfortunately, most of us don't bother to get to know our bodies better until we break something and are forced to figure it out in order to get out of pain.Read More
On this Earth Day, I'd just like to share with you a quick, yet powerful piece from a personal favorite of mine: Louie Schwartzberg's "Nature. Beauty. Gratitude." After you've watched, turn off your machines and get out there to enjoy the magnificent day, wherever you are!Read More
What injuries or conditions do you have? When I ask that inevitable question of yoga students, the single most common problem area seems to be the back. Yes, there are lots of knee and shoulder issues, wrists and ankles, too. Yet, I think it's safe to say that the spine accounts for a majority of the injuries or conditions I encouter in my students.Read More