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Here’s an idea you can build on…plan your class with three types of poses in mind: forward folds, backbends and twists. Folds, backbends and twists are complimentary—your body will begin to crave them as you move through class. Basically you’ll follow the pattern Rupali suggests in this Vinyasa Short on Folds/Backbends/Twists. She shows three repetitions […]
This post features one of the video modules from Demystifying the Elusive Bandhas, our online course available here. Agni sara dhauti (aka, uddiyana bandha agni sara, or just agni sara), is a bit of a head-scratcher at first. Like…“Huh? How do I DO that?” and more importantly, “Why would I want to do THAT?! […]
I’m a big fan of arm balancing poses like parshva bakasana (side crow or crane) because they REALLY require that one-pointed focus that yoga is known to cultivate. For example, if there’s a wobble in parshva bakasana, it might not be about the pose itself but perhaps the mind wandered even just a tiny bit. […]
In one of my previous posts, I talked about how an awareness of and the subsequent despair about our common human suffering (saṃvega) can cause the awakening of a desire (pasada) to pursue Dharma, the path to Truth. I believe that many of us teach yoga because this pasada has been awakened within us. It […]