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Blog Archives: February 2017

Do Less & Feel More: The Life-Changing Practice of Yin Yoga

February 19, 2017
Jenn Wooten
In an age of speed, nothing could be more invigorating than going slow. In an age of distraction, nothing can feel more luxurious than paying attention. And in an age of constant movement, nothing is more urgent than sitting still. ~ Pico Iyer, The Art of Stillness When I first began practicing yoga, I found that staying in a pose for more than five breaths was near impossible. Anything longer and I would squirm and dance, often posturing as if I were carefully aligning myself deeper into the pose, but really I was doing anything I could to ...

The Foundations of Yin Yoga

February 13, 2017
When most of us think of Yoga, we think of dynamic practices.  We imagine lots of movement and challenging yoga postures that demand strength, flexibility, and stamina.  In fact, most yogis, when we are first exploring the practice, are drawn to Yoga’s more physically demanding side.  It gives us good energy and makes us strong, increasing our vitality.  We want our teachers to challenge us, to make us work, and we want to be good and exhausted by the time we take our Savasana! But, if you practice long enough, you realize that these ...

4 Things You Can Do In Yoga Class (Even If You Think You Shouldn't)

February 03, 2017
Yoga voice. We all know it. That calm, smooth, calculated voice with a predictable cadence that tells us to breathe, forget our troubles, and let yoga sail us into serenity. This way of speaking works for some students, but I confess that it makes me feel disconnected from the instructor—as if we’re not of the same world. It’s definitely not the way I talk when I teach my classes. My unwillingness to auto-zen my voice is just one way I teach yoga outside the lines—one way I deviate from conventions. I have learned over the years to break with ...