Category Archives: Yoga

The Spine: An Anatomy Workshop for Yoga and Other Movement Teachers

All movements are more powerful and easier when they are coordinated through the spine, because the spine plays a central role in our organism’s survival and functioning. The spine determines our shape and orientation, directs our limbs, carries our head, … Continue reading

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Listening Deeply: A New Year’s Day Practice

We lead busy lives and act with our best intentions, but how can we know that our actions come from a clear and centered source? Who is the one acting and where does the impulse to act come from? What is truly … Continue reading

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Moving from Center: A New Year’s Day Practice

When we feel centered we feel we can be more of who we are, living closer to our authentic selves. There is less of the extraneous stuff that gets in the way—less self-consciousness, confusion and compulsion. We feel we are … Continue reading

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Spreading Our Wings in Yoga

It’s a theme I’ve covered many times in Feldenkrais classes, and now I’m bringing it into weekly yoga classes. After many weeks of exploring the Roundness of Ourselves, including long forays into the roundness of the pelvis, the ribs, and … Continue reading

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The Roundness of Ourselves in Yoga

Themes are threads I weave through yoga classes to hold the disparate elements together. Lately the themes have been weaving themselves. Last fall, the manic vata energy of the season seemed to beg for us to feel our contacts with … Continue reading

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On Ground and Breath in Yoga

In our yoga classes at Lotus Yoga during the fall, we did a practice that emphasized our relationship with the ground. Fall is often full of vata, the flitting, changeable, moving qualities that epitomize the season. Our minds can get … Continue reading

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Pleasure and the Mistake of Chronic Pain

I’ve been teaching my students to move toward pleasure in their yoga and Feldenkrais® practices for many years. I find it a little awkward to use the word “pleasure”, with its connotations of sex and hedonism, but I’ve stuck with … Continue reading

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