You Just Never Know

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. 

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The Little Things

 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… 

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Tadaa!

 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.  

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Spinal Spiration: The Sacrum's Supporting Cast

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. 

 

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Spinal Spiration: Disco Fever

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. 

 

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The Arc of Extension (Spinal Spiration: Lumbar Spine Pt. 2)

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.

 

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Spinal Spiration: The Cervical Spine

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.

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eARTh

 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! 

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Spinal Spiration: A Re-Introduction

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.

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