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Asana: Dolphin.  From Down Dog, bend the elbows, pressing them inward, under the shoulders, spread the fingers wide, releasing energy. Keep the back long, lifting tail bone high, pressing heels down, breathe into the back, shoulder blades lengthen toward tail bone, head is between upper arms, not touching floor.  Feel the joy of diving into […]

Adho Mukha Svanasana-Down Dog Pose

Asana: Adho Mukha Svanasana-Down Dog. An easy way to move into Adho Mukha is either through a Sun Salutation, or from lying on the stomach, bringing palms beside chest, fingers forward, on exhale, lift abdomen and hips, then push back into heels, lengthening arms, spine, and hamstrings. Sitts Bones to heaven.  Remain for a minute, […]

Akarna Dhanurasana-Bow & Arrow Pose

Asana Akarna Dhanurasana- Bow & Arrow pose, or Toe to Ear Pose. This is a seated pose for Cupid of the long of hamstring.  Sit with legs extended, hold both big toes between thumb, index & third fingers, or use a strap. Exhaling bend L elbow & knee, pulling L foot back as close to L […]

Eka Pada Sirsana-One Leg Behind the Head Pose

Asana Eka Pada Sirsasana/-One Leg Behind the Head Pose. If you can do this pose, you have big reason to celebrate, and if you can’t, celebrate the fact you are showing up to try.  Sit with legs extended, pulling L foot in toward head. Grab the ankle, duck the head, and bend torso slightly forward […]

Hanumanasana-The Splits

Asana: Hanumanasana-The splits.  This is a lovely pose to do on the grass, sinking toward the soil, contemplating great thoughts, and surrendering the ‘shoulds’.  Prop the legs and groin with soft pillows if the muscles are not yet long enough.  They will be with practice. Try to keep the hips flat, facing front, back leg […]

Mahamudra-The Great Seal

Asana: Mahamudra-The Great Seal is a powerfully simple pose that seats us on the earth, stills the mind, challenges the body to extend spine, and realize breath fully ….all traits of a good gardener.  The position is like Janu Sirsana, where you sit with legs extended, and pull the R foot into the groin. Inhale, […]

Paschimottanasa- Forward Fold

Asana: Paschimottanasa-Forward Fold.  Sitting with legs straight in front. On the exhale lift the belly, extend forward from the hips, grab the big toes, if possible, or side of feet, or legs. Don’t hunch the shoulders, or round the back, simply extend as far as possible, release and breathe. Paschima means the west, referring to […]

Upavista Konasana-Seated Wide Angle Pose

Asana: Upavista Konasana-Seated Wide Angle Pose. Sit with the legs as wide open as possible.  If this is difficult, sit on a pillow, which will release hip & hamstring tension.  Grab the big toes with thumb, index, & middle fingers, inhale deeply, extending the spine.  On exhale, reach torso out, extending toward floor, with practice, […]

Parivritta Janu Sirsasana-Revolved Triangle Pose

Take a large step forward on the R from Tadasana-Mountain Pose.  turn L foot slightly out, keep R foot directly forward, lift arms to side, parallel to floor.  Feet can either be aligned front heel to back instep, or if the hips are tight, allow legs to be hip width.  On inhale lift torso and […]

Parivritta Uttanasana/Revolved Standing Forward Bend Pose

Asana: Parivritta Uttanasana/Revolved Standing Forward Bend.  Standing tall reach up, out and over, hang there for a moment, then grab the outside of your feet, if you can, inhale, and on the exhale deeply twist the torso to the R, facing up.  Release any strain in neck.  Remain there inhaling/extending spine, exhaling/increasing the twist.  Do […]

Marichyasana I/Pose to Sage Marichi

Asana: Marichyasana I.  this is a pose dedicated to Marichi, grandfather of Surya, the sun god. In Astrological terms, the Sun represents the ‘I am,’ the ego, certainly a primary part of our astrolabe, therefore a good pose to practice when contemplating Self. Sitting, with legs extended, bend L knee, placing foot close to buttocks.  […]

Surya Namaskar/Sun Salutation

  Asana: Surya Namaskar. The joy of repeating Sun Salutations at dawn.  A remarkable way to open a day, especially in the first light of Brahma Muhurta, a sacred time when renewing life is offered time & again.  This series of Asanas work every aspect of the body, and when breath is deeply connected, we […]

Urdhva Mukha Paschimottanasana/Hamstring Stretching Pose

Asana: Urdhva Mukha Paschimottanasana/Hamstring Stretch on your back:  Lying on your back, bring the legs up, or one leg up, and hold the feet, or calves, or use a strap  to pull the leg(s) gently toward your chest.  Each time you exhale pull the legs a little closer to the chest, and though the legs are […]

Uttanasana-Extreme Stretch or Forward Fold Pose

Asana: Uttanasana/Extreme Etretch Pose. An extreme stretch can be done in many forms, but one of it’s most popular is to stand on one leg, lifting the other behind, and diving for the floor.  This places you into ‘standing splits.’  Walk the hands back toward standing leg, and if you wish, balance by grabbing the ankle […]

Tipping Point

When we are shattered, pieces lie everywhere, our shards creating new prisms of light. At rare times these fragments are born of bliss, but more often they are from the implosion of unfathomable sorrow. At the very least, pain is honest. It keeps us on track even as we stumble. There is something very centering […]

Becoming Astronomers

Andrew Harvey writes, “Man is the astrolabe of God, but it requires an astronomer to know the astrolabe.” When Harvey asks us to become astronomers it is so we may know, and reflect the cosmos. We possess this incredibly delicate and precise instrument that can measure and understand every layer of being, but we’re not […]

Soul Food

Our best friends remind us of the right stuff. They feed us soul food. They hold our hand when we cross risky roads. They’ve got our back. Crossing between an old life/old friends and new life/new found amis, I am constantly reminded how lucky we are in our vast array of friendships, how profoundly important […]

The Gardener of My Practice

In the garden, it is important to grow. In a Practice, it is important to grow. When we stagnate it becomes impossible to blossom. Petals and potential fall unseen back into the earth. Yes, there is always another time, another cycle, a new chance to become, but why not now? If we can but let […]

May Day-May Day

Not a celebration in sight. We should be screaming “help.” What happened to the May Pole? The ribald spring rites of procreation, and consecration of the land? In the power of celebration lies community. In the haunting sounds of shared laughter, we remain connected. In the primitive power of the circle, implicit in chant, song […]

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