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Ease and Steadiness

This week we were discussing the third limb of yoga: Asana. Sutra II.46 is sthira sukham asanam. sthira = firm, steady skham = happiness, ease asanam = postures, poses This sutra defines asana as a posture that is done with steadiness and ease or comfort. In his book The Core of the Yoga Sutras, BKS […]

The Five Yamas

This week in class we went over the five Yamas which are the moral injunctions that a yoga practitioner should follow. They lead to right living. The five Yamas are: Ahimsa: non-violence / non-harming Satya: truthfulness Asteya: non-stealing Brahmacarya: chastity Aparigraha: non-hoarding, without posessions The Yamas are often thought of guide posts to help the […]

The 8 Limbs

This week in class we were discussing the 8 limbs of yoga, as laid out by Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras. The 8 limbs are steps to help guide the yoga practitioner (sadhaka) in their Sadhana (practice). They are in a progressive order for learning but are all interrelated. They are: Yama: moral injunctions Niyama: […]

Sticking with it

One of the many reasons I love teaching is because the students challenge me to clarify my thoughts. Sometimes the answers to their questions come easily – like “should the legs be straight in Trikonasana”? The answer is yes. Didn’t take much brain power to come up with that answer. But every once in awhile […]

It’s better to be stiff

A vast majority of people, even those of us who are not that stiff, are stiff to some extent. We ALL have tight spots but some of us have to stretch a little further to find them. Occasionally there will be someone coming to class who seems to have very few tight spots at all. […]

Yoga Teacher Assessment, done

As some of you have heard, a couple of weeks ago, I passed the Intermediate Junior 1 teacher assessment. I was already a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher before I took the exam but passing the test means that I have another certificate beyond the basic certification. There are three levels of certification; Introductory, Intermediate, and Advanced. […]

How does yoga change you?

How does doing some exercises on a yoga mat change your life? Unless you are of the “burning bush” variety it is probably unlikely that doing yoga poses once in your life will have a large affect on it. It is doing them once most days consistently over a period of time that has made […]

Traveling Yogi

I spent the first two weeks of December teaching at Pranayama Yoga Studio (www.yogarockford.com), pictured at left. This great Iyengar Yoga studio is owned by my dear friend Jennie Williford. I met Jennie years ago in Ann Arbor at one of Laurie Blakeney’s teacher trainings (www.annarborschoolofyoga.com). We traveled to Pune together to study at the […]