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Running Recovery Yin Practice

After a little bit of coasting (and a little end-of-semester barely working out at all), we’re ramping up our running again. Which means my legs and hips are talking to me again. Specifically, they are saying, “But weren’t we strong

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Kickass Gentle Sequence

It’s that time of the school year again. The time when I am acutely aware of how many days and hours and brain cells I’ve put in but when we’re not close enough to think about being almost done. Past

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Five Minute Yoga: Legs on the Couch

Please do not be shocked at my revelation here: There is no actual yoga asana called “legs on the couch.” However, I’m not referring to lying any old way on a sofa — though that has its place in life

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Pelvic Floor & Poses I Love to Hate

It may be odd for me to end this core series with a pose I love to hate, but it may also leave me something to grow on. After all, if I only practice poses that are perfectly wonderful every

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Letting Things Happen

I love to be doing. If I’m running, I like do be out on the street going somewhere, rather than running on a treadmill or around a track. Even if my street route is basically the equivalent of a really

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Day 27 & Day 28

Winding down the Daily Dose of Yoga December challenge. Just a few more days. How have things been going? Day 27: More on Attachment Sometimes I think, “What could be so bad about attachments? It’s feeling happiness from the stuff

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Day 25 & Day 26

One of the last few Daily Dose of Yoga posts. Feel free to use or disregard at your discretion. Day 25: Undoing: Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is a nobler art of leaving things undone. The

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Day 7 & Day 8

This is another suggestion post in the Daily Dose of Yoga challenge. As always, feel free to modify. Day 7: Attachment & Aversion: Attachment is that magnetic pattern which clusters in pleasure and pulls one towards such experience. Aversion is

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That Thing I Do with My Shoulders

My body is incredibly forgiving when I push it while running or practicing yoga. However, it — specifically my shoulders and upper back — is significantly less tolerant of my time at my desk or spent sleeping scrunched up on

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Fart Pose In Chairs

Yes, my inner twelve-year-old is back. No, she never really left. But I happened across this video in a fairly timely fashion. It offers a modification of wind-relieving pose with a chair, which is spot on for the core series

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Core Stretching: Fart Pose

I do understand that pavanamuktasana’s more accurate English translation is “wind-relieving pose,” but really: Brace yourself for the big secret: “Wind-relieving” is actually a euphemism for farting. Would not all of yoga be better if we had a posture we

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Core Stretching, Twisted Edition

One way to release tension in the deeper layers of the low back muscles is through a twisting motion. Twists asymmetrically compress and lengthen the muscles on each side of the spine — so, twisting to both sides is generally

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Heels, Redux

My sneakers and skirts look has not gone unnoticed at work. When teachers comment, I say, “Allowing myself the freedom to move makes me a better teacher.” When students comment, I say, “I’m not willing to worry about how I

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Core Awareness: Cat and Cow Flow

Because of the anatomical construction of the multifidus muscle group — where it’s actually a series of small muscles, each one spanning a section of 2-4 vertebrae — one way to bring awareness to this part of the core is

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Chair Yoga: Moving Up

So I’m over my foot fascination — for the time being, at least, and not necessarily by much. While the last chair yoga post focused on the feet but incorporated some ankle movement, this one concentrates primarily on the ankles.

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Thoughts on a Word: Focus

I hear it at the beginning of my practice: “Set an intention or focus.” I hear it after a physically challenging vinyasa or standing series: “Come back and focus on your breathing.” I hear it in standing balances: “Set a

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Chair Yoga: Spread ‘Em!

Your toes, that is. I’m writing this on the verge of leaving for a week-long professional conference — where, I imagine, I am going to be expected to don women’s dress shoes at least part of the time. Yes, they

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Core Stretching: Traveling Child’s Pose

As we examined here, two of the main functions of the quadratus lumborum are to extend and to laterally flex the spine. It performs these actions in conjunction with the erector spinae. However, because the erector spinae tend to be

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Matters of Intent

DVD Cover of Total Yoga: Fire

I have been doing a lot of physical thinking lately, about anatomy and asanas and my body in poses. My brain was ready for a partial break, so when I went to my mat this morning, I opted to use

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Aware in Dandasana

Initially, I was going to write about seated forward bend as a nice concluding stretch for the erector spinae. That post is still good, and it is still in the pipeline. As I was researching, however, it occurred to me

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