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Digital Detox: Turn Off to Tune In During Our Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training in Nicaragua

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Digital Detox: Turn Off to Tune In During Our Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training in Nicaragua

What would you do if you had to disconnect for a day? Two days? What about a week or three? Between smartphones, tablets and computers, our modern lives are so perpetually plugged in it’s hard to imagine life before an ever-present Internet connection. Taking a break from constant connectivity can be good for you, however. After all, what you “feed” your brain is just as important as what you feed your body. A constant stream of social media and insubstantial snippets of information is hardly the most nutritious food for your mind.   A...

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Cosmic Chakras Part 2: Insights From The Planets

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Cosmic Chakras Part 2: Insights From The Planets

A framework to understand our energetic body In our last post, we discussed the sensitivity cultivated through continuous Ashtanga practice. Overtime, yoga practice increases our awareness, helping us become more and more attuned to both external and internal stimuli. As this evolves, it’s useful to have frameworks within which to study our experiences. Not only do these frameworks give us a guide for making use of the new information self-awareness provides, but they also help us fine tune this sensitivity through exploration of new points...

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Cosmic Chakras Part 1: Self-Awareness, Sensitivity, and the Stars

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Cosmic Chakras Part 1: Self-Awareness, Sensitivity, and the Stars

For Ashtanga yoga practitioners, the new and full moons are frequently a cause for celebration. Abstaining from yoga practice on these astrologically significant days, many Ashtanga practitioners relish a much-needed break. As time goes on, however, the anticipation of these days goes beyond the enjoyment of a rare morning spent sleeping in. Simultaneously honoring the moon’s rhythms and purifying the body through yoga, we become increasingly sensitive to the affects of the lunar cycles. The new moon brings with it both a grounding affect...

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Chakras and Yoga, Part 2: Anahata, Vishuddi, Ajna and Sahasrara

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Chakras and Yoga, Part 2: Anahata, Vishuddi, Ajna and Sahasrara

The chakras, as we’ve discovered, offer us a fascinating framework for exploring our intersecting physical, emotional, and energetic lives. Nothing exists in isolation, and finding the parallels between our blockages is a useful way to guide us towards finding balance in all aspects of our lives. The first three chakras, which we explored in the last entry, offer valuable insight into our personal wellbeing and the various aspects of our sense of self. The next four, at the heart, throat, third eye, and crown, reveal the state of our...

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Chakras and Yoga, Part 1: Muladhara, Svadhistahana and Manipura

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Chakras and Yoga, Part 1: Muladhara, Svadhistahana and Manipura

The chakras play an important part in our yoga practice. We spent the whole last blog entry talking about subtle anatomy. We defined the chakras as plexuses of pranic channels, esoteric structures of the energetic body. Now, however, we’re going to take a step back from the energetic, into the substantial. Subtle though they may be, the chakras have definite palpable effects on our physical and emotional lives. Think of it this way: Prana is life force energy. It travels through the body through the nadis, which intersect in major plexuses...

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What Is A Chakra Anyway? An Introduction to the Sublte Body

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What Is A Chakra Anyway? An Introduction to the Sublte Body

Chakra Means Wheel or Disk in Sanskrit In Yoga this term refers to wheels of energy throughout the body. There are seven main chakras, which align the spine. They start from the base of the spine moving up through to the crown of the head. If you practice yoga, you’re probably at least a little familiar with the chakras. Aligning, clearing, and meditating on these esoteric centers is a common intention in yoga classes throughout the world. We do asanas that open certain chakras, chant mantras that make them vibrate, and call up colors to...

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Utkatasana and Virabhadrasana – Warrior Sequence

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Utkatasana and Virabhadrasana – Warrior Sequence

Grounding and Lightness: Flowing Out of the Standing Sequence with Utkatasana and Virabhadrasana One of the beautiful things about practicing Ashtanga Yoga is that there are no beginnings or endings – only transitions. In the Primary Series, one of the more marked transitions comes as a dynamic series of postures often called the “Warrior Sequence.” Moving through the powerful postures Utkatasana, Virabhadrasana A, and Virabhadrasana B, this sequence carries the practitioner from the standing sequence to the ground, ready to begin the...

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Finding Balance in Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana, and Ardha Baddha Padmotanasana

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Finding Balance in Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana, and Ardha Baddha Padmotanasana

Moment-to-Moment, Breath-to-Breath: Finding Balance in Parsvottanasana, Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana, and Ardha Baddha Padmotanasana. Finding balance. It’s key in every aspect of life – and very rarely easy to find. The three poses following Prasarita Padottanasana ask us to do just that, systematically testing our balance in dynamic ways. If the initial postures of the standing series of Ashtanga Yoga guide us towards establishing a firm foundation, these next few test our ability to put it into action – both physically and mentally....

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The Meaning of Ujjayi Breathing

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The Meaning of Ujjayi Breathing

Ujjayi Infatuation: Falling In Love With The Breath Ashtanga yoga is obsessed with breath. For Ashtangi’s, no movement on the mat is complete without a corresponding inhale or exhale, meticulously executed according to a carefully observed count. Each posture is a study of how the breath moves in the body, finding grace and strength through its effective use. We measure our time in each pose not by musical cues or a stopwatch, but by the passing of breath. Even our led practices, counted by a teacher, are infatuated with the breath, guiding...

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The Nuanced Vinyasas of Prasarita Padottanasana

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The Nuanced Vinyasas of Prasarita Padottanasana

Finding the Joy in Prasarita Padottanasana Situated in the Ashtanga Yoga standing series, nestled after the Surya Namaskara and the first foundational postures of the Ashtanga Yoga series, the four postures of the Prasarita Padottanasana sequence have a very simple message: “Good morning!” Every daily Ashtanga yoga practitioner is familiar with the hard practice days. The days where morning seems to come especially early, the body and the brain don’t seem to be speaking, and the mind wanders to everything besides the task at hand. On...

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