Reflections

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Yoga for Gardeners

by holly

Published on May 21, 2013 on Maria’s Farm Country Kitchen. It’s that time of year again: the days get longer, the nights get shorter and the air is warmer.  Those three things, combined with the delightful colors bursting all around us, create a sirens call to the outdoors. In my almost 15 years of teaching […]

Yoga Twists to Strengthen and Cleanse

by holly

Published on April 16, 2013 on Maria’s Farm Country Kitchen. Once, while driving, I reached into the backseat back directly behind me, and into my yoga bag in which I had stashed some almonds. My immediate craving was satisfied, but my lower back suffered as a result—it was in spasm for the next several days, revolting […]

Yoga to Clear Away Old Stale Energy

by holly

Published on February 14, 2013 on Maria’s Farm Country Kitchen. Yoga teaches us that we have the freedom to choose the thoughts we think and, therefore, our responses to the “highs and lows” of life. It is winter, and spring is still weeks away. Now, I could bemoan this fact or accept it as truth […]

F U L L N E S S comes from within!

by holly

This past July, while at a teacher training in Cambridge, MA with my teachers I heard one of them make the following statement: “The primary action in almost every asana is the full extension of the spine.”  Something about those words pricked my ears and my consciousness and I have been using that statement as a […]

The Yoga of Dal

by holly

The other night I needed to make dinner fast and used mostly processed, although organic and non-gmo foods.  The meal, while tasty, left me feeling somehow lacking. Like I had duped the guy I had served it to, and who had sung my culinary praises, into thinking he’d eaten. Today I made yellow dal with spinach “from scratch” […]

Connection and Communion

by holly

“Give your heart and head totally.” -BKS Iyengar The three-day Iyengar Yoga Course in Guangzhou, China was scheduled to be a mega class for an estimated 800 people but grew to 1400 Yoga students from all around the globe: China, Japan, Malaysia, India, Australia, New Zealand, the United States, and Turkey, just to name a […]

Inheritance

by holly

BKS Iyengar’s theme for the 3-day Yoga Summit he is leading in Guangzhou, China (July 16-19th, and yes, I will be there:-) is, “Inheritance. Connection. Communion.” Since beginning to teach Iyengar Yoga classes in Istanbul, Turkey, I have become profoundly aware of what a blessing my own “Yoga Inheritance” has been: from Guruji and Geetaji, […]