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              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...

Last weekend I attended a yoga intensive entitled Alchemize Your Year taught by the incomparable Noah Mazé and Sianna Sherman.  I have never been so aware of the alchemical power of the practice as yoga as I was over this weekend. Alchemy is the process of turning more common, base substances into a substance of great value.  It is a process of transmutation and transformation - and this transmutation, this transformation is something I experience again and again through the practice of yoga. And I can think of no better week to talk about yoga as alchemy!  All of the postures this week are twists.  Twists are deeply cleansing -...

The end of 2013 was a little wild for me.  I moved to Los Angeles from Stockton at the beginning of November, finished a year long yoga teacher training program in mid December, and started two new jobs right before the end of the year. It is a new year now, and I finally feel like I am settling down into a bit of a routine.  I am getting back on track and it feels great! Our postures for week 30 are: Urdhva Prasarita Padasana, Chakrasana, Supta Padangusthasana, Anantasana, Uttana Padasana, AND a BONUS POSE - Setu Bandhasana.  Yes, six postures this week instead of five!...

So, I have made it to the half-way point.  I am 100 postures in, and I have 100 more to go. The half-way point is always hard; it is usually when I want to give up.  It is hard because you know how much work it was to get to where you are, and you know that it will be that much work OR MORE to finish. I have let a few weeks (three to be exact) lapse.  And, I could blame it on my busy schedule during the holiday season and the fact that I am still getting settled in a BIG new city (if you are lost here...

The postures this week rely heavily upon your arms.  Your arms must provide a strong support system.  The postures are: Parsva Sarvangasana, Setu Bandha Sarvangasana (pictured left), Eka Pada Setu Bandha Sarvangasana, and Urdhva Padmasana in Sarvangasana. The hand and arm position is very similar to most of the other Sarvangasana postures, HOWEVER, you are placing a lot more weight on your wrists and arms.  SO...