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Teeth Brushing for The Soul: Cultivating Detachment Through Ashtanga Yoga Practice

Posted by on Feb 2, 2016 in Ashtanga Yoga, Yoga in Nicaragua, Yoga Philosophy, Yoga Teacher Training

Sometimes it is hard to let go of ambition and silence the inner critic in our daily yoga practice? How can we actually understand and learn detachment in our yoga practice? Looking at it from the action of brushing your teeth  might be helpful to tap into the feeling of non attachment on and off the mat. Let’s talk about oral hygiene. We all know brushing your teeth is important. Giving your chompers a good cleaning is probably a regular part of your daily...

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

Posted by on Jan 25, 2016 in Yoga and Healing, Yoga Teacher Training

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...

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Cosmic Chakras Part 2: Insights From The Planets

Posted by on Jan 6, 2016 in Ashtanga Yoga, Global Yoga, Yoga Teacher Training

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...

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Padangusthasana and Padahastasana

Posted by on Jun 6, 2015 in Ashtanga Yoga, Yoga Asanas

Exhaling into Stillness: The Standing Sequence in The Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Padangusthasana (“big toe posture”) and Padahastasana (“hand-to-foot posture”) mark the beginning of the Ashtanga Yoga standing sequence. After the powerful, dynamic movements of the Surya Namaskara, these simple forward folds are a welcome exhale into stillness, a well-timed transition into the grounding postures of the standing sequence. How to Move Into Padangusthasana Returning to...

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Saluting the Sun: The Importance of Surya Namaskara

Posted by on Apr 2, 2015 in Ashtanga Yoga, Yoga Asanas

Ekam Inhale Arms rise, hands forming a prayer, eyes focused upon saluting palms. Dve Exhale. The prayer is offered forward, the body surrendering to bow down into a surrendering forward fold. And so it continues, this oscillating flow of openings and offerings, salutations and prostrations that form the morning ritual of Ashtanga practitioners throughout the world. A series of breath-linked movements, the Surya Namaskara, or Sun Salutations, is the physical invocation that...

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