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Arm Balances: 5 Tips for Taking Flight

In the practice of yoga, it seems no category of poses strikes students’ fancy-or frustration-more than arm balances. But like any other pose, arm balances (like crow or eight angle pose) can be broken down into five very doable component parts, which over time add up to getting off the ground. 1.  Foundation Learning how to properly place the hands is key. In most
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On Yoga, Punk Rock and Helping Each Other Along

My family and I recently traveled to San Diego, where my husband Andrew lived briefly between high school and college. I had visited as a kid, but had forgotten (or maybe had previously never really appreciated) how beautiful the place is: blue, blue ocean; fuschia bougainvillea creeping up white walls; fragrant citrus trees all over the place. The sea air and the sound of
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Taking an Incomplete: Revolved Triangle

Sunday afternoon: I am sensing the slow glide of the medial border of my shoulder blade toward my spine. It moves easily, then less easily, then arrives at the place where I know intuitively it should not go further. And that’s where I have to breathe and get a feel for where I am, from the inside. Because to look at me from the
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Honesty, Integrity and Election Cycle Sanity

As we move through February of this particular year, I’m finding it difficult to escape the emotional roller coaster of the current presidential campaigns. The debates, the caucuses, the outlandish (and from some corners, quite scary) proclamations, the worry about the future. On some days, the more deeply I dive into it, the more I notice a distinct feeling of not knowing which way
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Shifting the Balance: How Yoga Helps Create New Habits

It’s a whole new year. Like many people, you may feel motivated by the fresh start the new calendar offers. Because it’s going to be awesome! You are going to quit eating sugar and exercise every day and quit yelling at your kids and dance like nobody’s watching, dammit! 2016 is IT, man! And this year really might be it. The one where big
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Expectation, Indulgence and Some Yoga for the Holidays

The bright lights and luminarias, the smells of home cooking, the excitement (and stress) of procuring innumerable trinkets for those we love, the anticipation of embraces from those seen too many days past- and the all too likely culmination of disappointments and food-induced comas- torpor that beseeches coffee as its only effective medicament. We work so hard… to stay afloat, to provide for the
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Theater of Memory: the Roasted Chile, the Dancing Gods

I am standing at my kitchen counter, peeling the green chile we’ve just taken from the roaster, feeling the deep yet unsettling familiarity of…something. I stop and listen. We have an album playing, “Show Your Bones” by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs; the last time I listened to it, we were living in Buffalo, NY where my husband studied for his doctorate.  Oh, that’s what
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Freakin’ Food: My Crock Pot and I: A love story…..

As we begin to enter the fall season things always seem to amp up! Kids are back in school, business start to get ready for the holidays, the weather gets cooler, you get back to your normal routine and 3 day weekends are fewer and far between. With my schedule getting busier and the nights getting cooler it is finally time to take out
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It’s Not Going to be Perfect, But Hopefully You Will Laugh Sometimes: What Yoga Is Asking of You

As human beings, it seems we’re attracted to short lists of steps we can take to make a Perfect Life. Magazines know this: every single month, their covers boast “Five Ways to End Stress NOW!” and “Four Super-Foods to Beat the Common Cold!” and “The ONE killer move that will make you look awesome in sweat pants!” We’re busy, and we want to be
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Get (Back) Into the Groove

For all the romantic notions about endless summer days spent lazing about, I find that as late August arrives, I’m looking around for the t-shirt that says “Over It.” But wait! You say. How can you be “over” relaxing fun times?! Aren’t we supposed to want that? Isn’t yoga about finding space, doing only what’s necessary, not blowing our circuits with too much thinking/doing/worrying/obsessing/freaking out?
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