What is Iyengar Yoga?

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“If you learn a lot of little things, one day you may end up knowing a big thing.” BKS Iyengar  Ballet starts at the barre. Many musicians learn the scales 1st. Karate pieces the Katas together over and over again before the sequence flows from beginning to end.  Iyengar Yoga is like this. First things first – learn the scales, then …

3 Simple Ways to Stay Grounded This Holiday Season

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  December is here and with it, comes the holiday season. The holidays can be a complex roller-coaster of emotion, with lots of excitement, social events and time spent with family. Although this time of year can be joyful and energizing, it can also leave us feeling depleted, with little or no time to recharge, sleep, or practice our self-care …

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What is Beautycounter and why it matters?

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Warning, this is not really a post about yoga. Well at least it is not a post about yoga asana (the poses), pranayama (breath) or meditation, however, this is a post about the choices we make around the products we use, and spend our money on. That to me is part of living yoga. Yoga is not only about the …

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What Kind of Yoga is This?

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We get so wrapped up in knowing something us humans. We love a good label. We think that it helps us to understand, if we know something definitively, then we are able to put it into a box. Even simple labels such as “good” and “bad”, or “I like” and “I don’t like”. I am sure that we all have …

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Yoga Confessions

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All of us who practice yoga regularly were once beginners. Stepping into a yoga studio for the first time can be intimidating. Stepping into any yoga studio for the first time can be very intimidating, new teachers, new community and a new space. I thought that it would be useful to discuss the top three reasons why people tell me …

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Yoga and the Culture of Nice

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Yoga is the practice of creating or yoking a union between body & mind, bringing you more into alignment with your big “S” self. The ethical principles/restraints of yoga speak to: Being kind to yourself and others (ahimsa), being honest to yourself and others (satya), to not steal, time, things, energy from yourself or others (Asteya), walking in alignment with …

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Why We Seem to like Only One Type of Yoga Class

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Recently, I have been pondering this theme as it has come to my attention through some feedback and in my own practice.  Perhaps the type of practice that we most need is the type that we tend to shy away from. This is not some large epiphany, but it is interesting enough to spend some time reflecting. Of course, I …

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Hands On or Hands Off

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To touch or not to touch . . . This is a big question in yoga studios around the globe, in particular for us in the Western world. I just wanted to take some time to bring assisting into the light. I have recently noticed at the studio some resistance to being assisted, which I have been wanting to address …

Sea to Sky Gondola Vibes

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Check out the following piece by the Sea to Sky Gondola: https://www.seatoskygondola.com/blog/asana-and-answers-tanya-skok-hobbs on Tanya and what brought her to yoga and why she feels so strongly about sharing yoga. There are still a few weeks left of Gondola Yoga. There are classes 5 days a week, that start at 9:45 am. Shala’s class is on Friday mornings and is free for …