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It's over 100 degrees outside and though I'm feeling the heat, I slip my jacket on to hide the sweat that seems to pour from my armpits down the full length of my torso.  "Why didn't I just wear a swimsuit," I think with exasperation.  I walk slowly to the cafeteria to buy my lunch, careful not to make the spray of sweat that flings off my flip flops with every step too pronounced.  I'm silently cursing myself for deciding to wear sandals instead of sneakers...

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6TMw5GBQv9M[/embed] Mini Pose tutorial for Bakasana aka Crane Pose (this is often called Crow pose as well). 1. Start in Malasana (a squat with the inner edges of your feet together and your hips close to your heels -- your heels may lift off the floor so you can get your hips all the way down). Keep the inner edges of your feet together and spread your knees wide. Stretch your arms forward and guide your torso between your inner thighs. 2. Lift one hand at a time and hook your upper arm across the shin of the leg on the same side (make sure you hook below your knee and...

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6kLpl6ri4kk[/embed] Mini pose tutorial for Visvamitrasana -- this is such a beautiful pose, and it is so much fun to do once you have learned how. I remember the first time I saw a picture of this pose. I had only been practicing yoga for a few months, but had over a decade of experience in ballet and modern dance. So...

              I have been thinking about sleep a lot lately because I haven't been getting enough of it.  Sleep is essential for ALL human beings. When you sleep your brain recharges, your cells repair themselves, and your body releases important hormones. Sleep can be a wonderful gift when you are getting enough, but when you have trouble sleeping it can hold you hostage. Sleep deprivation is a serious problem - here is a list of 10 reasons why from an article published by WebMD: 1. Sleepiness Causes Accidents 2. Sleep Loss Dumbs You Down 3. Sleep Deprivation Can Lead to Serious Health Problems 4. Lack of Sleep Kills Sex Drive 5. Sleepiness is Depressing 6....

              365 Days of Light on Yoga.  When I started out on this this Year-long journey, I had no idea what I was in for.  I had no idea how HARD it would be to complete.  But, I DID know it would be a life altering experience. The first half of this year long journey was spent at my old home in Stockton where I taught yoga at a lovely little studio, Vinyasa Flow Yoga, and worked the rest of the time at a Japanese food restaurant called Cocoro.  Every month and a half I would drive to Los Angeles to complete a 500 Hour Teacher Training program with my...

The Countdown continues!  Only one more post after this one.  My last post will be on my birthday, June 10, exactly one year since the beginning of this blog.  The post on June 10 will be longer and share my reflections and what I have learned from this year's journey through Light on Yoga.  I have benefited greatly and have learned a lot, so you won't want to miss this post!! Here are the postures we will focus on today: Chakra Bandhasana, Mandalasana, Vrschikasana I, Vrschikasana II, Eka Pada Rajakapotasana I, Valakhilyasana, Eka Pada Rajakapotasana II, Eka Pada Rajakapotasana III, Eka Pada Rajakapotasana IV, Bhujangasana II, Rajakapotasana, Padangustha Dhanurasana, Gherandasana...

We have arrived at the countdown.  Just five weeks to go, and I am happy to say that I am on track to complete this project!  Including this blog post, I will post 3 more times.  The last post will be on my birthday, June 10, exactly one year since I started this blog. Here are the postures we will focus on for this post: Yogadandasana, Supta Bhekasana, Mulabandhasana, Vamadevasana I, Vamadevasana II, Kandasana, Hanumanasana, Samakonasana, Supta Trivikramasana, Urdhva Dhanurasana I, Urdhva Dhanurasana II, Viparita Chakrasana in Urdhva Dhanurasana, Eka Pada Urdhva Dhanurasana, Kapotasana, Laghu Vajrasana, Dwi Pada Viparita Dandasana, Eka Pada Viparita Dandasana I, & Eka Pada Viparita...

This blog has shifted several times since I started.  I have had to readjust and reconfigure.  There are 52 weeks in a year, and we are now at week 44.  So, with 7 weeks left and about 50 poses to go it is necessary to continue with the bare bones approach that I have used for my last two blog posts.  I will post pictures and add some commentary, but not a lot. Here are the poses displayed in this post:  Vasisthasana, Kasyapasana, Visvamithrasana (pictured left), Bakasana, Parsva Bakasana, Urdhva Kukkutasana, Parsva Kukkutasana, Galavasana, Eka Pada Galavasana, Dwi Pada Koundinyasana, Eka Pada Koundinyasana I, Eka Pada Koundinyasana II, Eka...

Okay, so here is my installment for week 35, 36, 37 and 38.  I have fallen a bit behind and it is time to REVAMP! It has been a real challenge to keep on track with this project and the postures in this post pose a real challenge also.  My goal is to give you some good tips and tricks to work toward these challenging postures without over-analyzing or over-complicating. The postures for this post are: Pincha Mayurasana, Sayanasana, Adho Mukha Vrksasana, Kurmasana, Supta Kurmasana, Eka Pada Sirsasana, Skandasana, Buddhasana, Kapilasana, Bhairavasana, Kala Bhairavasana, Chakorasana (pictured left), Durvasasana, Ruchikasana, Viranchyasana I, Viranchyasana II, Yoganidrasana, Dwi Pada Sirsasana, and Tittibhasana. Aside from...

This post will be a three week installment and will be based on the premise that PICTURES SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS.  I will give some tips and comments,  but will largely let the pictures speak for themselves. It has become much more difficult as of late to keep on the schedule I originally set for this year-long blog, so I am improvising a little.  And while this blog may not look exactly as I originally envisioned, I am determined to FINISH THIS PROJECT! Our postures for week 32, 33 and 34 are...