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Jai! What an effing year!

It’s been a tough year for Ashtanga.

2017 ended with the realization that Pattabhi Jois abused his position of...

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Holiday Practice Tips

As if life isn’t hectic enough – here comes the holiday hoopla. Extended family, holiday shopping,...

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Why We Need More Than One Teacher

Modern Ashtanga tradition holds that students should only have one teacher. In my experience this has been a...

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Ashtanga 101: FAQ

So do I practice every single day? What if I don’t feel well?

This is actually such a common question that I...

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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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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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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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Karandavasana: Step by Step

Karandavasana is a challenging pose. Don't let yourself feel overwhelmed. Instead break it down into a series of...

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My Big Step

This is a blog post about change. In Buddhism, change is pretty much at the core of everything - grappling with...

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How to Create a Home Yoga Practice

If you’re trying to start a home yoga practice, you might have noticed something - practicing yoga at home is...

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Keep the Energy Flowing in Purvattanasana

Purvattanasana is a full body integration pose in Primary Series. It's strengthens the backside of the body and opens...

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