Ashtanga classes follow a set series of poses. Typically, they place more emphasis on inversions (poses performed upside down or with your head below your heart) and backbends than in other classes. The style is also less focused on the spiritual or metaphysical aspects of yoga than some other teaching methods.
One of the beautiful things about yoga, like about so many activities people are passionate about, is that it has a unique power to forge togetherness. When you practice with others, you have the chance to share your love of yoga and be in a space where each student feels the same way. That’s true […]
Yoga can be a tool for finding peace and calm: Yoga practice helps control the chaos and bring balance to your day. Here are 5 ways yoga helps simply your life.
Spring feels like a wonderful time that’s ripe with possibilities. The first warm days of spring are a great chance to find the positive in your life as it stands, and to motivate yourself to change the future. As you relax and let yourself really breathe after the winter (and stop worrying about icy commutes […]
We all have days when we feel a bad case of “not good enough” coming on. Sometimes it’s just a combination of circumstances. Sometimes it’s a specific event in your life. Sometimes, it’s just the sight of a stranger walking down the street who seems to have everything you want. Regardless of the causes, you […]
Finding a feeling of gratefulness is not always easy. We live in a culture that emphasizes wanting what we don’t have, hence buzzwords like “aspirational” and “desirable”. We’re encouraged to think of major successes as the milestone by which we measure (and value) our lives. Whether it’s a dream home or dream job, we are all […]
It’s getting warmer outside. Trees are starting to leaf out and the first spring flowers are already blooming. Quite literally, spring is in the air. Chances are, you’re enjoying every second of the relief from winter weather. Spring can bring out the kid in all of us—everything is just that much more fun. Even just […]
We all carry a lot of tension in our bodies and our lives, whether we’re aware of it or not. Just getting through the days can leave shoulders stiff from hunching over a desk and minds stressed out from coping with one too many items on the to-do list. Major stressors in your life wreak […]
Looking at pictures of yogis in arm balances or perched on one leg, it’s tempting to just see the grace and flexibility required. But, strength is just as much a part of making yoga poses happen. All the muscles in your body have to be prepared to work together to achieve and maintain almost any […]
You might want to feel like a Zen master when you come to your mat. Most of us do. You aim to have a calm, clear, centered state of mind when you practice yoga. But, all too often, life intervenes. Whether it’s being stuck in traffic on the way to class or a massive work […]