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#1 Reason Most Fail, Don’t (Use Yoga)

#1 Reason Most Fail, Don’t (Use Yoga)

Yesterday my life-partner, best friend, writing partner and great love of my life, Michael, said “When you get an idea in your head, no one can convince you otherwise.” Without his help, I wouldn’t be completing my book. I’m in deep gratitude. After the book on yoga is done, we’ll be back writing screenplays. Many […]

Pashchima Namaskarasana (Reverse Prayer Pose)

Pashchima Namaskarasana (Reverse Prayer Pose)

                    Challenging day for me today because I’m an athlete who is injured (torn hip flexor). I can’t do the things I normally love ~ Yoga & Hiking. I decided I needed to heed my own advice and go to gratitude. I’m grateful for all the […]

5 Small Ways To Improve Your Life Today

5 Small Ways To Improve Your Life Today

                  As a writer, I’ve always got a beautiful blank journal somewhere around… Grab a beautiful pen and a cup of coffee and start your day in a positive way. Write down 5 things you are grateful for. Make a list of 20 things you enjoy doing, […]

5 tips for optimal living

5 tips for optimal living

Yoga wisdom of the day ~ confidentasana = be inspired by anything or anyone that tells you “can’t” / “shouldn’t”                   5 tips for optimal living ~ 1. Move ~ you know I’m going to say yoga… but walking, hiking, running anyone? 2. Sleep more ~ critical […]

Three Mistakes New Yoga Teachers Make

Three Mistakes New Yoga Teachers Make

Talking too much, demonstrating too less ~ We know you’re excited, but you may be overwhelming people with talking to much. Balance that with SHOWING them how to do the poses correctly. All of the great wisdom and other 8 limbs of yoga “education” are important and it’s critical that you give them EVERYTHING – […]

If yoga is more than a physical practice, what is it?

If yoga is more than a physical practice, what is it?

A structural look at yoga. The Eight Limbs, The Core of Yoga? by William J.D. Doran The practice of yoga is an art and science dedicated to creating union between body, mind and spirit. Its objective is to assist the practitioner in using the breath and body to foster an awareness of ourselves as individualized […]

Learn How To Practice Alternate Nostril Breathing

Learn How To Practice Alternate Nostril Breathing

Nadi Shodhan (NAH-dee shoh-DAH-nuh) Pranayama ~ “Nadi” – meaning “channel” & “Shodhana” – meaning “cleansing” or “purifying” Adding alternate nostril breathing to your regular practice of yoga poses (asanas) and meditation will benefit your body, mind and spirit. I was in a class this week with a teacher who took the time to demonstrate this […]

Yoga Trail App

Yoga Trail App

Short but sweet ~ Who doesn’t like to share something they love? I do. I really love YogaTrail’s Pinterest site. Do you have any aps that you love? Would love to know. Namaste ~ Stephanie (This is where you can find ME on YogaTrail)          Tweet

Yoga : The Art of Transformation

Yoga : The Art of Transformation

Yoga: The Art of Transformation is the world’s first major art exhibition about yoga.  I was in San Francisco yesterday and was lucky to be able to carve out time to see this visual feast. This is the only stop on the west coast. Truly a must see. Yoga: The Art of Transformation – Now thru May […]

5 Ways To Listen To Your Intuition

5 Ways To Listen To Your Intuition

      Robert Sturman is the accomplished artist that took the above photo. As we were getting ready to start I shared with him that the reason I had connected with him was because of a photo I saw of him that was taken from behind. I have always loved photos taken from behind […]

Dwi Hasta Padasana, Two Hand Foot Pose ~ Guest post by Darren Rhodes

Dwi Hasta Padasana, Two Hand Foot Pose ~ Guest post by Darren Rhodes

Challenge yourself today. It’s important to try new things ~ in all aspects of your life. Although yoga is not all about getting a pose perfectly, the physical postures are part of the eight limbs of yoga. Try something new today. I suggest the following: dwi hasta padasana two hand foot pose shape (from tadasana) […]

Sucirandhrasana, Eye of the Needle Pose ~ with Darren Rhodes

Sucirandhrasana, Eye of the Needle Pose ~ with Darren Rhodes

Enjoy another great pose by Darren ~ Darren has been director and owner of YogaOasis studios in Tucson, Arizona since 1999. He is co-creator of yogahour, an all-levels, flow yoga style that offers precise alignment instructions with succinct delivery. In 2008,Yoga Journal named Darren one of the Top 21 Teachers Under 40 who are “shaping the […]

Maksikanagasana 2, Dragonfly Pose 2 ~ with Darren Rhodes

Maksikanagasana 2, Dragonfly Pose 2 ~ with Darren Rhodes

I am excited to share that I will be having a series of guest posts by Darren Rhodes. From advanced to beginner, I hope you will enjoy them. Darren has been director and owner of YogaOasis studios in Tucson, Arizona since 1999. He is co-creator of yogahour, an all-levels, flow yoga style that offers precise […]

My dream job

My dream job

Six weeks around the world with a video crew… My dream job. I’d like to take a crew and do a headstand in one city in every country.                       Posting from the Bourgogne region of France today could be the start. Of course the huge […]

Yoga Pose of the Day ~ Marichyasana I, Great Sage Pose

Yoga Pose of the Day ~ Marichyasana I, Great Sage Pose

Marichyasana I Great Sage Pose Marihyasana I turns the body in the opposite direction of Marichyasana III. It involves the upper body turning inward, while the lower body turns outward. This means that muscles with a turning capacity can be activated to deepen and refine the pose. These include the rotator cuff, the rotators of […]

Yoga Pose of the Day ~ Baddha Konasana, Bound Angle Pose

Yoga Pose of the Day ~ Baddha Konasana, Bound Angle Pose

Baddha Konasana Bound Angle Pose Baddha Konasana connects the upper and lower appendicular skeletons by grasping (binding) the feet with the hands. The hips flex and turn outward, and the knees bend and move away fro each other. This action stretches the adductor group of muscles along the inside of the thighs. The upper arms, […]

Yoga Pose of the Day – Bakasana, Crow Pose into Mukta Hasta Sirsan...

Yoga Pose of the Day – Bakasana, Crow Pose into Mukta Hasta Sirsana A (Tripod Headstand)

Bakasana Crow Pose This balancing pose resembles a crow perching on a tree. It connects the upper and lower extremities to improve balance and stability. Synergizing/Activating The serratus anterior, the muscle connecting the side of the rib cage to the shoulder blade, draws the shoulder blades forward, stretching both the middle trapezius and the rhomboids. […]

Yoga Pose of the Day ~ Virabhadrasana III (Warrior III)

Yoga Pose of the Day ~ Virabhadrasana III (Warrior III)

Virabhadrasana III Warror III Pose Warrior III converts the potential energy stored in Warior I into movement, projecting the body forward into a balance on the front leg. The main story of the pose is the rotation of the pelvis toward and flexion of the torso over the standing leg Note how this stretches the […]

Yoga Pose of the Day ~ Parivrtta Parsvakonasana, Revolving Lateral Angle...

Yoga Pose of the Day ~ Parivrtta Parsvakonasana, Revolving Lateral Angle Pose

Parivrtta Parsvakonasana Revolving Lateral Angle Pose Parivrtta Parsvakonasana is both a twist and a standing pose. Two stories take place simultaneously here: lunging forward and turning the torso. The main story in this pose is the combined action of turning the shoulders in one direction and the pelvis in the other; the connection between the […]

Yoga Pose of the Day ~ Garudasana, Eagle Pose

Yoga Pose of the Day ~ Garudasana, Eagle Pose

Garudasana Eagle Pose Early in the standing pose sequence we explored tree pose, which opens he hips outward and lifts the chest upward. A the conclusion of the series, we fold the body forward in Prasarita Padottanasana and then consolidate and draw the energy inward with Garudasana. Consider Garudasana to be a balancing version of […]

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