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Modern Postural Yoga

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What Is Type A Yoga

Reprinted from TypeAYoga.com, 2016. Type A Yoga® began in 2010 as a response to people who said, “I can’t do yoga.” Although yoga practices have since begun to speed up and become more “Type A,” (i.e., hurried, impatient, irritable, elitist, exclusive, competitive, and stressful), our name was a tongue-in-cheek play on the conflicts of our … Continue reading

Why I Teach the Way I Do: From Injury to Industry

The yoga “industry” is getting more and more athletic. A practice associated with gentle breathing in the seventies is now associated with acrobatics and contortion. Advertisements for workshops and pictures for yoga articles feature advanced poses, whether they have anything to do with the rest of the page. When people hear the word yoga now, … Continue reading

Some job news from some yoga bimbo…

[Updated 07/14/14: Somehow during one of my edits for typos, I lost a bunch of paragraph spaces. Should be fixed. Also, noting other mentions and blogs in intro paragraph. 06/10/15: some edits post-WordPress theme update.] Recently, I joined the world of social media. One day, a couple of weeks after starting a new Twitter account, … Continue reading

What you need to know before you buy your yoga mat

As I begin to train our new staff on our products, it occurs to me that newer yoga students sometimes struggle to make sense of the products now available. Over the last decade of yoga’s increasing popularity, many, many more mat products, materials, and characteristics have been released and it can be challenging to determine … Continue reading

Yoga to overcome attachment & aversion (raga & dvesha)

Reprinted from my Tumblr blog.In an earlier post, I mentioned how our perceptions can be colored, leading to false assumptions. In the yoga tradition, when these tinted, biased thoughts (klishta) form disturbances in our mind (vrtti), we bring about our own suffering. Part of the practice of yoga is training your mind to observe the causes … Continue reading

Repost: Cultural shifts and brain scans: Is searching for spirituality the new American dream?

Originally posted on CNN Belief Blog:
By Jessica Ravitz, CNN (CNN) — To discover one’s self. To find enlightenment. To take a spiritual journey. What does this language mean? Are these pursuits, these aspirations, really possible? And if they are, what do the results look like? I can’t pretend to have the answers. What I…

Why I don’t believe in plus-sized yoga (Part 2: A matter of perspective)

This post and Part 1 were originally published on my Patch.com blog in 2013. A follow up post on weight loss and representation in yoga is available here. I remember the last day of yoga teacher training when a svelte former gymnast taught a modification for a pose that required us to lay back on … Continue reading

Why I don’t believe in plus-sized yoga (Part 1: Just a modification)

Previously printed on Martinez.Patch.com, September 05, 2013 Recently a colleague asked why I haven’t blogged about plus-sized yoga before, particularly given recent media attention in the topic. I realized it is because I don’t believe in “plus-sized yoga.” As a yogi who has hovered above and below 200 pounds for much of my decade-long practice, there has only been Yoga. … Continue reading

How the yoga industry sabotages home yoga practices…

After getting links to YogaDork articles on the importance of home practice and the business of yoga shortly before getting a link to this pictorial essay on at-home yoga spaces, I reflected on what the yoga “industry” is doing to undermine home practices. As we build our brands and our images of what a retreat or self-care “ought” to look … Continue reading

Burning Man & Yoga for Assumptions

Today I noticed Marcia Sirota’s article on assumptions in omtimes, and it brought back a poignant memory for me. Even as we attempt to follow the Yoga Sutra directive toward “right knowledge”, we sometimes overlook the schism between our inner world and the external and the roles external context and internal interpretation of observation play in our formulation … Continue reading