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20 days into January it occurred to me while driving around town that there is still some rage in people at this time of year. Even parallel parking, the facial expressions of oncoming drivers—one of impatience and disgust that one person dare to take 2-3 seconds away from their experience. Patience is needed in life and I myself try to embody what that means. Since this is my yoga channel, I’ll show you one way I prepare myself to be patient. I start by flying, hovering, trusting that my muscles will hold me up (even though I’m not fully sure) and I land it even if I touch in the wrong places, wrap the wrong leg, do not feel even, etc. I do it anyway because I believe in my ability to find the most patient and competent moment inside myself (and I’ve practiced this asana for 10+ years). I trust that my life will still be in order when I arrive, that I’ll get a parking spot even if it means I’m late, it all happens for a reason, and that it will be ok. I am happy to experience this moment. (asana: Astavakrasana 😎. #ashtangayoga #sthirabhaga #kittywatchingyoga
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The other day at @ashtanga_yoga_center someone mentioned that they have control issues. Each of us surrounding this person laughed realizing that most likely we all do on some level and that’s why we are there! :) Ashtangis. Now I’m at the beach and decided that I’d rather figure out on my own whether or not the tide is coming in or going out. I had a tide chart in front of me earlier and wouldn't look at it. I want to figure it out myself, feel my way, be in control of the tide :) #controlissues
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Some days my yoga practice is on autopilot and other days I’m thinking about every body part and how I can do it all better, or how awesome it feels. Today I was practicing while speaking to my daughter. She is a ballerina so was giving me expert advice on my feet and ankles and how even though I’m pointing my toe, I was also sickling my ankle on one side. It’s nice to have another viewpoint. On all of the asanas where the foot stays behind the head, I need to point toe to ac...tivate the inner leg and to activate the hamstrings, which turns the leg enough to get my heel to touch my shoulder. Lots more going on but the main point is that I’m doing this in the first place to strengthen the nervous system, clear the chakra subtle body energy and to see where my prana takes me. I do not want to tweak a nerve while overthinking—just to keep a body part in place. That defeats the purpose. Thank you, Cora, for your keen eye, and thank you ashtanga yoga for keeping me calm and strong. (Asana: Skandasana). #ashtangayoga #sthirabhaga

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A good sign that my ashtanga practice is starting to assimilate into me... my yoga teacher said to me that he can tell my third series is becoming more solid because “each breath no longer sounds like a mini-heart attack”. Thanks @jaybee108 for keeping it real. Mixture of skill and humor work best to break down bad patterns (asana: koundinyasana a)... #ashtangayoga #sthirabhaga

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20 days into January it occurred to me while driving around town that there is still some rage in people at this time of year. Even parallel parking, the facial expressions of oncoming drivers—one of impatience and disgust that one person dare to take 2-3 seconds away from their experience. Patience is needed in life and I myself try to embody what that means. Since this is my yoga channel, I’ll show you one way I prepare myself to be patient. I start by flying, hovering, tru...sting that my muscles will hold me up (even though I’m not fully sure) and I land it even if I touch in the wrong places, wrap the wrong leg, do not feel even, etc. I do it anyway because I believe in my ability to find the most patient and competent moment inside myself (and I’ve practiced this asana for 10+ years). I trust that my life will still be in order when I arrive, that I’ll get a parking spot even if it means I’m late, it all happens for a reason, and that it will be ok. I am happy to experience this moment. (asana: Astavakrasana 😎. #ashtangayoga #sthirabhaga #kittywatchingyoga

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Sometimes the hardest part about practicing or completing anything in life is just getting started. Today it was like a dream about to happen. #ashtangayoga

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Grounded in nature, one foot touching the ground and then the other. Nature in Northern California is powerfully beautiful, all elements coalescing—air, water, fire and earth. It was windy enough to force us to stay present so that we didn’t fly away and end up down below, our grounded feet leading the way. Because hip flexibility is so pervasive in my ashtanga yoga practice, hiking is not so easy for me. It’s a marriage between muscle strength and flexibility, hip tension and softness. It’s strength and grace, power and soul, perseverance and surrender. The ocean, wind, sun and ground made it possible. #ashtangayoga #6daysaweek

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On the power of rest. I used to feel that when I took extended breaks from my ashtanga yoga sequences (or asanas in particular) that I would start losing my edge, so to speak. There is, of course, a process your muscles, ligaments and skeletal alignment need to go through in order to stabilize; taking the incremental “progress” slowly, performed more than once per week, is key. However, I’ve learned by experience—the best way I assimilate—that during a few days off from a cha...llenging asana, it can sometimes get easier and deeper. I believe it’s due to inflammation calming down, but, in my case, it also gives my mind a break (when I let go of the struggle, it’s sometimes easier). A great example of this was found in my 4 months off from Karandavasana allowing my knee to heal fully—I did the asana in my mind only. Coming back to it, it’s the best it’s ever been. Moreover, one day of rest (no yoga) per week is invaluable for allowing muscles to recover. When bringing the body to its edge, it allows for more potent recovery during resting period to follow. It’s one of its best friends. Speaking of friends, some asanas prepare the body for others without even doing them. I enjoyed my rest the other day, and now I’m back and feel better than ever. (asana: Astavakrasana) #ashtangayoga #sthirabhaga #thirdseries

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Last night I dreamed I was doing bhujapidasana in slow motion. Here it is (3 video clips). Before I go to sleep I always know which mysore sequence I will do in the morning. Since one of my favorite teachers was in town visiting @leighanicoleyoga , I changed my schedule, skipping my usual Friday Primary Series, doing it today at home instead. In #slomo the flying aspect is emphasized. It’s all about the bandhas. Mula bandha for jumping into it and uddiyana bandha for lowering to chin with feet up. #ashtangayoga #primaryseries @ Yoga Robin, Integrative Health

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I have this on my mind lately, too. I have come to believe that some pain, tightness, and inabilities are caused by suppression while feeling under pressure to be perfect. When dropping that holding and instead learning how to release the expectation, I find myself taking better care of myself for me in my practice--no one else. As a result of letting go of perfecting an asana, I'm often finding myself capable of doing it. Theme of this article: freedom in body. #ashtangayoga

Perfect poses. Is that possible for you?
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A lot of people speaking about the physical side of yoga today, both past and present sides of their own practice and noticing others on the internet showing their true expression. Much of what I’m reading today implies a negativity with its physical. My take on this is that unless you’ve actually felt the wonderful, beautiful, intense, peaceful and raw experience on the other side of the physical, especially with a daily ashtanga yoga practice, advanced yoga poses or pursuit... of learning them would appear to be merely physical. Now on my 21st year of my own yoga practice—starting before becoming a mother of 3 and now on the other side as they’re adults—I cannot imagine where I’d be now, who I’d be, or what kind of health I’d be in had I not set foot in that first candlelit yoga class one evening at the Yoga Studio in Mill Valley and continued on to this day. Asanas start with the physical but the subtle body is the reason I stay, unlocking one body part (subtle) after another—found most in advanced asanas that require daily practice to experience. I’m in it for life now. These roses in my house are a better expression of what’s inside a yoga practice. #ashtangayoga

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Great read... #ashtangayoga

Thank you Eddie Stern for sharing your thoughts on this all to often tumultuous topic. Brooklyn Yoga Club & Ashtanga Yoga New York

This past month I did a short interview for Amrita Magazine in London. They asked me a question that I felt was an important one, because it hit upon a lot of
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Last night I experimented with my new favorite natual sleep supplement called “200 mg of Zen” (ingredients: L-Theanine and GABA). This morning at 8am I was still at a peaceful state of zen. So, I skipped class and my mysore practice and did a Karandavasana workshop at home instead. Starting out strong Haha. It’s called “practice” for a reason. After 4 months off healing my knee, it’s time to return to this—saved the best for last. Great article by
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Again, making the most of my situation when my plans are foiled, this time with my inability to acclimate to Saturday morning traffic and parking for my favorite yoga vinyasa class during soccer season. It brought such a smile to my face that I never deal with it in my early morning Mysore practice. I also noticed a bit of inner road rage driving home—all under control with my ninja face and good music—to remind me how important my yoga practice is to who I am. This all fuele...d my motivation to create a new sequence for myself, improv style, but sticking to the Ashtanga principles that are ingrained in me, little tweaks in hips and QL leading the way. Ashtanga on a beautiful autumn morning at home. May the greatest ritual in my life set the stage for my full day in my office organizing over one year’s worth of paperwork (actually some of it was in the box before I moved to Encinitas—so make that 1 1/2 years). #ashtangayoga #rituals @ Yoga Robin, Integrative Health

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My Ashtanga yoga teachers gave me some great advice this week about my third series practice. @jaybee108 suggested that I review the second chapter of the Bhagavad Gita, in particular that the true yoga is found in the effort rather than achieving the asanas. He noticed the process I went through when struggling with a challenge—I found a sneaky way or cheated somehow just to get the end result because during my struggle I got frustrated which noticeably disrupts my vibe. If ...I remember how far I’ve come even in the last 6 months, I can be rest assured that my current attempts, when performed calmly with mindfulness will too provide the results. But, most importantly, the desire to “get” the pose is not the point. I can apply this to anything in life. Then today my other teacher @leadee explained to me her secret to an effortless-looking third series practice: she learned how to maintain a calm face. I will call this the “Ninja Face” because this is what comes to mind. Truly the only way for me to perform a challenging asana with a ninja face would be to breathe evenly, use my bandhas effectively, trust in my abilities (and any magic that could be helping me) and to contain the energy I feel inside, transforming it to inner power. That is yoga. Thank you, John and Lea! #ashtangayoga #sthirabhaga #ninjaface

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The other day at @ashtanga_yoga_center someone mentioned that they have control issues. Each of us surrounding this person laughed realizing that most likely we all do on some level and that’s why we are there! Ashtangis. Now I’m at the beach and decided that I’d rather figure out on my own whether or not the tide is coming in or going out. I had a tide chart in front of me earlier and wouldn't look at it. I want to figure it out myself, feel my way, be in control of the tide #controlissues

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