Chair Asana

The following basic routine includes movements of all major joints. The whole routine should take about 15 to 20 minutes. If time is limited, after going through body and breath awareness, pick a few movements that are the most relevant for you. Another suggestion is that one day you do the upper half of the... Continue Reading →

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Light on Yoga

B. K. S. Iyengar, Schocken Books B.K.S. Iyengar requires no introduction to readers of yoga, particularly in the West. Iyengar is synonymous with yoga, hatha yoga. He is the most well-known hatha master. Light on Yoga, first published in 1966, is one of the timeless classics in asanas. Readers and yogis today may find it... Continue Reading →

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What is Yoga and the Purpose of Yoga?

Does anyone have the right to define the meaning of yoga? Who gives yoga masters the right to make this judgment for anyone when they don't seem to agree themselves?” exclaimed a newly certified yoga teacher attending my class.

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Blueberry Lemon Muesli

When is breakfast food only a breakfast food? In my mind, never! These false labels deprive us of enjoying perfectly wonderful food any time we want. And that is how I see muesli—breakfast, lunch, supper, snack, lightly sweet and luscious dessert, family food, company food. Fresh, plump blueberries and lemon are heavenly together when they... Continue Reading →

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Chair Sun Salutations

Here we have modified the sequence of 12 positions of sun salutations for those with more limited movement on the chair. The modified sequence retains the fluidity of movement and breath to benefit the whole body. Chair sun salutations are gently invigorating and calm the body. Try them out to feel energized and balanced. In... Continue Reading →

Being a Witness (2/7)

In this practice, we will learn to be a witness, a neutral spectator, without actively participating in the physical breathing or mental processes. Simply being, observing, has a significant effect in calming the body, mind, and emotions. You will feel it in this practice. Table of Contents Introduction Being a Witness (in the present moment0... Continue Reading →

Introduction (1/7)

The first four meditations are Yoga Nidras that have been developed in a particular order. Based on the structure of Satyananda Yoga Nidra, each practice has body awareness, body stillness, breath consciousness, and observation of the mental space. The structure goes through the steps of pratyahara (sense withdrawal), dharana (focus), and dhyana (focused concentration or... Continue Reading →

Body Stillness (3/9)

The first step to having an effective pranayama practice or meditation practice is learning to use the breath to still and calm the body. As long as the body is restless or tense, the mind is drawn to the body and distracted by it. Making any progress in pranayama is difficult in the agitated or... Continue Reading →

Base Position (2/9)

A proper physical posture can be important for practicing pranayama and meditation. Three different positions are described here to accommodate varying needs: sitting on a chair, sitting on the floor, and lying down. They can be tried out to determine which one is the most comfortable for your body. Table of Contents Introduction Base Position... Continue Reading →

Introduction to Pranayama (1/9)

We have described simple and effective practices of pranayama. More advanced techniques and breath retention are not given as they are best learned under the supervision of an experienced yoga teacher. In the breathing practices, becoming sensitive and aware of the breath and prana are important first steps. These steps deepen and lengthen the breath,... Continue Reading →

Resources For Making Peace With Grief

This list includes resources from my research and reading as well as the recommendations from the Happy Circle meditation group. It has been heartwarming to hear how helpful the talk and meditation have been in the healing process within the group. As more recommendations come in over the weeks, they will be added to this... Continue Reading →

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