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Headstands provide us with a wonderful opportunity - to see the world from a completely different perspective.  In a way, it is very much like entering a whole new world. The postures this week are all a part of the sirsasana (headstand) cycle.  They are salamba sirsasana III, baddha hasta sirsasana (pictured left), mukta hasta sirsasana, and parsva sirsasana.  And with these variations of headstand, we are entering a whole new world of headstands.   When you think of headstand, you think of either sirsasana I or sirsasana II (pictured below).           When you have mastered sirsasana I and sirsasana II, there are many fun variations you can play around with.  In fact,...

            The postures this week are about attaining the deftness of a trained archer and the regal strength of a king.  We will be discussing akarna dhanurasana, salamba sirsasana I, urdhva dandasana, and salamba sirsasana II. Akarna dhanurasana (picture 1 above) is our archer pose.  Iyengar says "This pose is full of grace.  It should be practiced until it comes effortlessly and gives the appearance of a trained archer discharging arrows from his bow." Salamba sirsasana I (picture 2 above), urdhva dandasana, and salamba sirsasana II are all a part of the sirsasana cycle - these are our king poses.  Iyengar says "The ancient books have called sirsasana the king of...

Streamlining is all about taking the path of least resistance; about moving with the flow.  However, streamlining is in no way weak or passive.  It is moving with the flow to generate more efficiency and this efficiency creates more power, focus and momentum. But, what do I mean when I say streamline your (yoga) practice?  I have come up with a couple definitions, but there are endless ways this can be interpreted (and I encourage you to interpret this in any way you find useful). Definition #1: going with the flow by acknowledging how you feel on a given day and designing your yoga practice accordingly; designing your practice to...

            Our postures this week are maricyasana II, upavistha konasana, paschimottanasana, and parivrtta paschimottanasana.  Which means we are still in the realm of forward bends. And, I am still in the process of moving - a process which seems to be never-ending.  I'm sure you have all practiced yoga on days when your body feels sluggish; when you are sick or worn down; or even when you just don't feel like practicing.  I am encountering this much more lately, and I have to keep reminding myself about the light at the end of the tunnel. The light at the end of the tunnel with yoga practice is how much better you...

The term minimalism is also used to describe a trend in design and architecture where in the subject is reduced to its necessary elements. Minimalist design has been highly influenced by Japanese traditional design and architecture. In addition, the work of De Stijl artists is a major source of reference for this kind of work....

The term minimalism is also used to describe a trend in design and architecture where in the subject is reduced to its necessary elements. Minimalist design has been highly influenced by Japanese traditional design and architecture. In addition, the work of De Stijl artists is a major source of reference for this kind of work....