By Liz Bundon What does that mean? It means that I allow my yoga practice to serve my life, and not my life to serve my yoga practice. Like all of you, I have a jam packed life. IRead more
What is Sustainable in Our Practice?
By Shanna Small “The practice of Yoga must reduce both physical and mental impurities. It must develop our capacity for self examination and help us to understand that we are not the masters of everything we do.”-TKV Desikachar MakingRead more
Perfection In Asana
In Mysore, I asked Sharath what he meant by perfection in asana. He answered, and I paraphrase, that perfection was being able to dissolve yourself in the asana. Being one with it. He said that sometimes, “he” is just gone.Read more
Ashtanga Silences the Voices
By Shanna Small On the mat, Ashtanga automatically silences the voices of negativity in our minds. When practice is correct, meaning your eyes are on a drishti, your breath is full and resonant, your focusing on an asana,and the VinyasaRead more
Don’t Make the Ego Perfect!
By Mara Healy Modern-day sage Gregor Maehle states: “When we make the body perfect, we make nothing but the ego perfect.” As the asanas become more complex in yoga practice, one’s mind learns better how to adapt to and manageRead more
Get Steeped (and Schooled) in the Mysore Room Energy
By Mara Healy We each come to the ashtanga practice hoping for a remedy of some sort. The motivation that spurs each person to take that initial step into ashtanga is typically a physical one. Yet, after a few weeksRead more
No water, No cheat sheets, No problem!
Achieving a calm mindFrom the Yoga Sutras: “yoga is the cessation of the fluctuations of the mind.” Quieting my mind often feels insurmountable – my mind races around constantly categorizing things, working to solve things, worrying about things, wondering if IRead more
When in Doubt, Go To Yoga!
This is my rule because 90% of the time I feel better when I practice. I have had break through practices on days I felt like crap. Sharath tells a story about how the best back bend he has everRead more
Asana Practice Making You Feel Inadequate?
How to be a Yogi when your asana practice makes you feel INADEQUATE….. It’s all too easy to celebrate the physical attainments in your practice BUT then feel defeated when you fail in repeated attempts. It’s easy to practice whenRead more
The Benefits of Inversions!
Not everyone loves being upside down right away, but there are FOUR HUGE internal benefits to going upside down at the end of each Ashtanga practice. These benefits are, by their very nature, more subtle and less obvious than theRead more