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Several years ago, one of my students brought a woman friend to class. She thought her friend, a Protestant minister, could benefit from yoga. The woman was very polite during class, but gave my friend a stern little talk in the car on the way home. She couldn’t come to classes, she said, because it […]

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I think that one of the hardest concepts for new yoga students to get their head around is that asana, or yoga poses, aren’t static. They aren’t poses to be struck and held; they are a framework for movement, opening, and exploration – no matter how subtle these actions may be.
In my opinion, much of […]

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On the dual subjects of expansion and contraction, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium, I’m posting this short video of the jelly fish at the aquarium. Created by Stacy Alexander, the images are set to Ben Harper’s cover of Strawberry Fields.
Since I have quite a few people in my life, yoga students and friends, who complain […]

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I don’t think anyone is going to argue with what I’m about to say: Americans are obsessed with transformation. This may be rooted in the Protestant beginnings of the nation, or it may be deeper in the human psyche. But it seems that now, more than at any other point in time, we are […]

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Historically, yoga has belonged in the domain of men. It was developed by and for male bodies, and often draws on the language of male experience. Consider, for example, the Virabhadrasana, or Warrior, series of poses, which depict bodies in battle poses. (Click here to see Warrior I, II, and III.)
Yet in the United […]

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