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January 2017
January 2017

Last year in the Blog Blog (the Bending Habit You Want to Cultivate) we outlined the proper method for safe bending. Many times we are exposed to new information and wonder whether it applies to us. An explanatory basis can give us the confidence that what we are doing is safe, effective, and healing. for us. In this Blog Blog we explore just that scientific and anatomical basis for the sacral tilt.

Quick summary of the last Blog Blog :

a) Why forward fold this way? strong back core, ...


January 2017
January 2017
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Pratyahara Meditation

Prepare for this meditation by reading last week's post, Crash Course in Pratyahara.

Now we are ready to practice pratyahara. Begin immediately after you complete pranayama.

Return to your meditation posture. Take a deep breath and hold; as you exhale, try to keep your torso in the same inhaling shape, heart rolled forward, shoulder blades down and back, chin tucked slightly. Take several long slow breaths until your mind begins to still. Remember to come back to ...


January 2017
January 2017
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Crash Course in Pratyahara

Pratyahara, the 5th limb, is often defined as “withdrawal of the senses”. But what does that really mean? What exactly do the “senses” consist of, and how does one “withdraw” from them? Before this can be addressed, we need to come to an understanding of what could be considered the “sensory body”.

Anatomy of the Sensory Body
As you know, there are 5 cognitive senses - sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch - jnanendriyas in sanskrit, literally meaning the ...


December 2016
December 2016
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Quick Pranayama Practice

The Prana Body. Retrieved from http://shaktianandayoga.com/teachings/chakras/

Nadi Shodhana Pranayama

“If one wants to lead a spiritual life, this very pranayama is sufficient.
It will steady the way to mediation and samadhi.” -Swami Satyananda

Posture: Sukhasana.
Mudra: Nasagra Mudra - right hand, index and middle finger rests on the eyebrow center; thumb is near the right nostril, ring and pinkie fold next to the left nostril (this is the suggested mudra by the ...


December 2016
December 2016
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The Sage Patanjali compiled a text called the Yoga Sutras, through which we were given a blueprint for practicing yoga. In Section 2.29 of the text, Patanjali lists for us the 8 limbs of yoga:

  • Yama: codes of restraint, abstinences (described in sec. 2.30, 2.31)
  • Niyama: observances, self-training (2.32)
  • Asana: meditation posture and now the plethora of postures used in modern yoga (2.46-2.48)
  • Pranayama: expansion of breath and prana (2.49-2.53)
  • Pratyahara: withdrawal of the senses ...

December 2016
December 2016
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When I read the title of Yoga Yoga’s upcoming workshop with Gary Kraftsow, Yoga for Life, it took me back to 2008 and memories of my training with Gary and the American Viniyoga Institute (AVI). The training changed my life. I left Austin for California in hopes of learning as much as I could about asana and the way it can transform your physical structure; I came home with an understanding of how Yoga can transform your entire life, from the way you move and breathe to the way you process ...


December 2016
December 2016
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I find that the new year can be a time where we rush to set goals and intentions. In the rush, we may only be affirming the already established patterns of what we think we should be doing or the expectations we have taken on from the world around us. True intentionality arises from unconditioned listening, where we allow time to fall away from set patterns and habits. This enables us to know how we are and the direction we are being called toward in a spontaneous and creative way.

The ...


December 2016
December 2016
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What I found interesting in the Rocket Yoga and Ashtanga Yoga system was the jump back and jump through technique, mainly used in the seated sequence. Not only do you have to do the seated posture, but to change from posture to posture you have to jump back and jump through, plus, to change side to side of the posture you have to use the technique in between. It’s a whole body of work just to realize that, but I think every posture is hard on its own, so why not add a fun way to transition ...


December 2016
December 2016
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Of all the programs I have created over the years as the Director of Teacher Training at Yoga Yoga, none has excited and challenged me more, or has been more rewarding, than the creation of our 800-hour Yoga Therapy program.

Yoga therapy has been on Yoga Yoga’s radar since its early days as a company. In fact, when Westgate, our third studio location, opened about 15 years ago, it was the intention of the founders, Mehtab and Guru Karam, to dedicate the South location to the practice and ...


November 2016
November 2016
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In the big “pink” room of Westgate, I have evolved from a young 200-Hour teacher with a couple classes per week, to an “Experienced” 500-Hour teacher, and now Level 1 Yoga Therapist teaching six classes per week and serving many students one-on-one. Over my first years of teaching, I had two babies and created a class where I could both teach and be a mother at the same time, hence Postnatal Yoga. As my babies grew, we needed Crawlers and Toddlers, so that evolved. For many years I worked ...


November 2016
November 2016
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Supporting an empowered practice for bigger bodied yogis

In almost every Vinyasa or Ashtanga class I take, I hear it: “Bring your elbow to your knee, twist, and hold for five breaths.”

When I hear this instruction for Parivrtta Parsvakonasana (revolved side angle pose), I dig deep. I want to do the twist and enjoy all of the detoxifying, lengthening properties this instruction promises. The problem is that, as someone who is both genetically predisposed to a large belly and as a mom who ...


November 2016
November 2016
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A couple of years ago, I began one of my Vinyasa classes by announcing, “Everyone grab two blocks!”. A student approached me, replying, “This is a Vinyasa Class, right?” I just smiled and told her not to worry. As with most things, there is some misconception out there as to what a Vinyasa class should be like, who should practice it and what can be used in it.

The answer to those questions is simply:

  1. It should meet each individual student’s practice where it currently is.
  2. Anyone and ...

November 2016
November 2016
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After falling in love with yoga, I enrolled in Dharma Yoga’s teacher training to deepen my practice. I had so many friends and acquaintances that needed access to yoga who found a regular yoga practice to be cost prohibitive, so I decided to teach yoga for free. After surveying different groups that had little to no access to yoga, I noticed that many people want to help troubled youths, first time felons, the homeless, veterans, etc. but NO ONE wants to help those already incarcerated, those ...


October 2016
October 2016
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by Joe Hauger
Director of Operations, Yoga Yoga
RYT 500

“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.”
-Mahatma Gandhi

It was 2010 at Yoga Yoga Westgate and I was about to practice Restorative Yoga with Everitt. As we went around the room saying who we were and how we were one very strong looking man said: “I’m a boxer and I just needed a break from getting punched.” In that one moment he singlehandedly blasted away any stereotype, societal pressures or ...


October 2016
October 2016
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Each November, communities partner together with the Movember Foundation to advocate for men’s health. What started as a fun way to bring the mustache back into style has evolved into a worldwide campaign to start conversations about prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health in an open and helpful way.

This year, Yoga Yoga is getting involved.

We realize that yoga isn’t the first thing that comes to many male minds when they think of health and fitness, but we believe that anyone ...