Backbending Prep: 3 Mild Yoga Backbends for Energy and Focus

Kathryn Boland, R-CYT, R-DMT
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Backbending yoga poses can invigorate us and open up our heart spaces. They’re usually cued at the end of yoga classes, to help give that last push of energy needed to finish class. Classic ones include Setu Bandha Sarvangasana (Bridge Pose), Urdhva Dhanurasana (Wheel Pose), and Dhanurasana (Bow Pose).

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The Yoga Sutras: Practicing Non-Attachment without Becoming Detached

The concepts of attachment and non-attachment are mentioned several times in The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali . Asana, on the other hand, is only mentioned as a preparation for meditation. So though most people... Read more
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Karma Yoga: Six Steps on the Path to Seva

As I began learning about selfless service, I was surprised to discover that the effectiveness of any kind gesture or helping program depends heavily on the personal qualities you bring to it. At first, I... Read more
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Pranayama: How to Feel More Energetic and Powerful

One of my favorite things to do when I teach a yoga class is to ask my students to close their eyes, sense the quality of their energy and then show it to me with a hand gesture. As they sit there with their... Read more

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Keys to a Mindful Yoga Practice - Finding Ease in Every Asana

Progressing with asana requires not only strengthening the body but focusing the mind. Yoga provides a framework of techniques that help to foster and enhance self-awareness. This greater degree of self-... Read more
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Nurturing Our Fundamental Equality: Yoga and Human Rights

“ Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice, and peace in the world, Whereas disregard and... Read more
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No Crunches Needed: 3 Fresh Core-Strengthening Poses

When one envisions “core work,” it's safe to say that the first image to pop into his or her mind are “crunches.” This is the classic core-conditioning exercise done lying on the back, knees bent, hands behind... Read more
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Yoga at Your Desk: 5 Poses to Relieve Strain from Sitting

Do you spend long hours sitting at your desk ? Many of us do these days. Perhaps you’ve noticed that after sitting for a long time, your muscles feel stiff, your joints ache, and nagging pains start to creep... Read more
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Embodied Yoga Practice: Returning Home to Your Body

There are many ways in which an embodied practice returns us to ourselves. Whether it is feeling the pulsation of the heart or the passing of the breath, each allows us to recognize where we are right now... Read more
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Reverse the Curve: A 5-Minute Yoga Practice for Hyperkyphosis

We all have a kyphosis, or at least we ought to. Kyphosis is the natural outward curve of the upper back, which balances the inward curves of the neck and the low back. Hyperkyphosis is different. When the... Read more
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Yoga Asana for Hip Mobility, Part 3: Spotlight on Internal and External Rotation

We’ve finally made it to the third and final part of my hip opening anatomy posts! In this post, we’ll take a look at how we can open the hips in the transverse (horizontal) plane. If you missed the sagittal... Read more