Tagged Yoga

Yoga Strengthens Your Weakest Links

I recently started practicing yoga asana again after a 9 month hiatus. Life got busy so I spent my time doing things aside from heading to a warm yoga studio to sweat and breath deeply. Over the past few weeks I’ve rolled out my mat several times. I’ve re-discovered how my yoga practice illuminates and …

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Mountain Pose

Mountain Pose aka Tadasana aka your “True North.” It is the physical foundation of any yoga practice. A simple pose that aligns your body, mind and breath towards a singular purpose. All you need to do is stand tall, with legs active, shoulders back and down opening the chest and heart, with a deep breath …

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Surrender

Yoga literally means “union”, but in practice it is the art of surrender or letting go. Like peeling an onion, it’s about stripping away everything that is not needed and getting to the heart of things. Extra effort, mental strain, random thoughts, labored breath, emotional attachments, stories about why something is the way it is….it’s …

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Baptiste Power Flow Immersion 2011

The 2011 Baptiste Power Flow Immersion is complete! 500 + yogis gathered in Estes Park, CO for a three day immersion in Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga. Led by Baron Baptiste, this gathering included Master Teachers from around the country leading workshops in addition to plenty of teachers and students of all skill levels coming together to practice. …

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Focus

In a world of abundant distraction, focus has become a more valuable skill than ever. I use the word ‘skill’ because focus is something that can be practiced and improved over time. In yoga, we call this ‘dhristi’, one point of focus. It starts with physical focus, fixing your gaze to a single point. From …

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Finding and Surfing Your Growing Edge

In yoga class I teach that all the benefits begin to show up when your mind says “it’s time to leave” but you stick with it anyway. This is the growing edge that we need to “surf” if any kind of growth is going to happen, physically, mentally or otherwise. I see so many people …

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A Week in the Life of Ravi

I had a recent conversation with a friend around the captivating nature of reality TV. How it is so interesting to get a glimpse into how others live their lives, whether the lives are boring or a total train wreck. Given that some of you have been reading this blog for a few years now, …

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The best place to meditate

In the middle of busy street at rush hour. If you can find some peace of mind in the middle of madness, finding it in everyday life will that much easier. If you keep putting off a meditation practice because you don’t have the right meditation pillows, music, incense, etc…you’re making excuses. Just sit down …

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Gravity Cowboy Workshop with Brock and Krista Cahill

Brock and Krista came to town for a three day yoga workshop. Learned a ton. Highly recommend checking out their classes. It will be different than anything else you have done yoga-wise. They have amazing methods for teaching inversions, arm balances and handstand variations. These were easily some of the most challenging yoga asana classes …

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Get out of your mind

I asked a student in yoga class today “why are you here” and she replied “to lose my mind!” It sounds funny but it’s right on. Losing your mind is great thing. When you are thinking you aren’t noticing what is really going on, and there is always much going on that is worth noticing. …

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Yoga Poses on Bing

This is ridiculously cool! I love a lot of things about Bing (great shopping and cashback, travel fare comparisons, best weather summaries around, etc)….but this takes the cake! Bing yoga pose visual search

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Step Through the Fire Without Fear

I have a friend who works for master glass sculpture artist Dale Chihuly, and we were talking about the sculptures a bit. It got me thinking about how amazing this art is. If you’ve ever been to the Bellagio, that’s his work hanging on the ceiling as you enter the main lobby. The thing about …

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Setting an Intention

In yoga classes I often ask students to “set and intention” for the class as we begin. This intention, or purpose, can set the tone of the entire class. An empowering intention can make be the difference between moving through class with “the wind at your back” and struggling through in a hope that it …

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The Importance of Contrast

In the Yoga asana practice that I teach we spend a good portion of each practice in an energetic fiery flow that builds “yang” energy. Simply put, you get very warm, start sweating profusely and raise the overall energy level of your body. The closing portion of class is designed to be more cooling, contemplative …

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Meditation – A 30 Day Challenge

Every now and then I do challenges to either learn something new or re-commit myself to something I already do – but not enough. They say that 30 days is just enough time to make a habit and from my experience it is long enough to get “over the hump” that usually comes with any …

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The Value of Sleep

Quick post – it’s been a while since I last wrote and I’ve recently discovered something so simple that I just have to share. Sleep. I’ve been very busy of late, with a new job at work, a bunch of travel, teaching yoga and taking some workshops, and getting ready for an upcoming trip to …

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Be Responsible to Be Unstoppable

What is stopping you? Is there something in your life that you want that you do not have? If so, what is keeping you from going out and getting it? This could be something relating to your physical body, your job, your bank account, your relationships, your friends, etc. I have little patience for people …

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Get Your Mind Out of Your Way

You are capable of doing far more than you think you can do. So stop thinking. You brain will take you out of the game if you let it, so don’t! I spent the past week as an assistant at a yoga teacher training. I was witness to literally dozens of transformations during the program. …

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Assisting at Level 1 Baptiste Yoga Teacher Training

I’m headed back to Level 1 Teacher Training for Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga. I attended last year as a student, and this time I will be an assistant, supporting the other students and teachers in the program. I’m looking forward to spending another 8 days in the Catskills at Menla Mountain Retreat Center, disconnecting from …

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Never Stop Learning

I sat in a few teacher training classes during a workshop held at my yoga studio this weekend. The training is geared for those who are not yet teaching but have the desire to do so. Since I am already teaching I’ve had several folks ask me why I would sit on a training session …

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