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“How Do I know if I’m Doing It Right?”

Most of you reading this article know that the “pose of the year” in my classes has been Triangle Pose, trikonasana. To describe it simply, it’s a leg- and hamstring-opening and -strengthening, pelvis-opening and -stabilizing, core-strengthening standing twist. Since the beginning of the year, we’ve been focusing on one little piece of this multi-faceted and… Continue reading “How Do I know if I’m Doing It Right?”

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“Guard the Heart.” or “What’s up with the left shoulder?”

Last week in my practice, one day I was doing what I call “Earth-hugging twist.”  In this case I was lying belly-down with the left arm extended, and reaching over to the left, I rolled over to the left to open the chest/shoulder/arm. This pose is one of my “self-created” poses that I only many… Continue reading “Guard the Heart.” or “What’s up with the left shoulder?”

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Burn Your Yoga Journal

A couple of weeks ago, in what turned out to be a private lesson for the one woman who showed up, (If you need/want smaller classes and lots of personal attention, this is the time of the year for it!  Come on down!) working with her for a few minutes on her seated twist, trying… Continue reading Burn Your Yoga Journal

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The Essence of Physical Yoga Summarized

What are we doing in the physical practice of yoga and what’s it all about?  Though I’ve said what will follow, I have never written about it and I’ve only said it sporadically, it seemed helpful to those who heard it in class yesterday, so here is my take on the essence of the physical… Continue reading The Essence of Physical Yoga Summarized

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The Next Level of Weirdness

“Practice becomes firmly grounded when it has been cultivated for a long time, without interruption, and with earnest devotion.” -I.14, Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Last time I wrote about “Keep Yoga Weird.”  Now for the next step, making yoga your own! Some of you have been coming to yoga classes for years, for which I… Continue reading The Next Level of Weirdness

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Practicing the pose(s) I really don’t like

For the first few years of my practice, I was mostly focusing on poses I enjoyed.  Initially I learned yoga from a book since I was VERY poor AND living at the “end of nowhere” on the Olympic Peninsula in western Washington- no yoga teachers, just loggers and “indians.”  I did a few challenging, strengthening… Continue reading Practicing the pose(s) I really don’t like

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Thoughts on Head/Shoulder Stand…. or not!

Last month I received the following in an email from a long-time student and yoga teacher trainee who assisted my YTT a couple of times and who has since moved away: “Hi Ti, …The person who I would say is the main teacher here (northern California) specializes in therapeutic yoga, and more and more she… Continue reading Thoughts on Head/Shoulder Stand…. or not!