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Ashtanga 101: Take Rest

This post was co-written with Cory Bryant.

What if I told you that there was one single most important pose in your...

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Ashtanga 101 : Dialing it Back

Here’s a warning: A lot comes up in the first year of an Ashtanga practice. Physically, mentally, emotionally,...

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Ashtanga 101 : Etiquette

Now that you’ve learned your sun salutations, let’s talk about the etiquette of Ashtanga. I encourage...

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Ashtanga 101: Welcome to Ashtanga

Here’s the truth: Starting an Ashtanga practice is hard. Yoga is often misrepresented as being all happy...

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Jumping Into and Out of Bhujapidasana

In Ashtanga the way we get into and out of poses matters as much as the pose itself.

Transitions keep us focused....

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Fly Like a Peacock : Mayurasana tips

 Mayurasana is part of the challenging arm balancing section of second series. Intermediate series has periodic...

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Practicing with a Wrist Injury

Here is my modified sun salutation. I always try to incorporate what the PT tells me into my practice. I also like to...

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How to Overcome Barriers to Practice

Let's face it, we all have them.

Recently I've polled Ashtanga practitioners on what their most common barriers are...

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Keeping On

Today marks the beginning of my third month in Encinitas. And, so far (as I should perhaps have expected somehow,...

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Learning Janu Sirsasana C

Janu Sirsasana C is one of the most challenging poses of Primary Series. It's very confusing and scary to new...

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Kurmasana and Supta Kurmasana

Perhaps the hardest pose in Primary Series? I know for me it is. When I was learning this pose I literally thought it...

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Practicing Yoga through Pregnancy

Students frequently ask me about practicing while pregnant. I've had lots of students practice their entire pregnancy...

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The Value of a Six Day a Week Practice

A student recently told me she was feeling burned out and wondered why we practice 5-6 days a week in the Ashtanga...

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Assisting Guidelines

I had the big honor of assisting Tim in his Mysore room last week last week. Luckily, I've had plenty of time to...

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How to Optimize your Morning (when you aren't an early morning person!)

I know better than anyone how hard it is to have a successful morning. I am a morning person, yes. But I am more of a...

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My Worst Case Scenario

For every situation in life we can imagine a worst case scenario - sometimes a conversation goes drastically...

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