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How to Practice Yoga, Part I

by holly

For more than 10 years now, I have been teaching Iyengar yoga, the method of hatha yoga developed by world-renowned yoga master B.K.S. Iyengar. Affectionately known as Guruji to his pupils, Iyengar was renowned for [continue reading … ]  

Yoga for ‘Falling Back’

by holly

This is the time of year I call “bummer”–it’s not quite fall and not quite summer, either. My heart aches as my hands pass over the shorts and sandals in the closet and reach instead for pants and shoes that cover my yoga toes [continue reading …]  

Yoga for Men, Part I: Forward Extensions

by holly

Dear Male Yogis, I am a female yoga practitioner and teacher, and I confess that for a very long time, I didn’t understand the challenges you face, particularly with forward bends. As my teaching skills developed, I began to observe the keen differences between the form and function of the male and female bodies and […]

Yoga for Men, Part II: Closed Twists

by holly

Dear Male Yogis, Last month, in Yoga for Men, Part I: Forward Bends, we learned a sequence that shines some light on poses that are both challenging and necessary for men’s bodies to practice. We started the process of stretching the muscle groups around the hips, low back, and backs of the thighs. I hope you […]

Yoga for That (Nagging, Aching) Pain in Your Butt

by holly

There are some things in life that we cannot change and others that we can. I recently moved to a new state and learned that if I want to register my car in said new state I HAVE to get a new driver’s license. This feels like a pain in the butt since I just […]

The Yoga of Fullness

by holly

Do you know that saying, “Don’t tempt the fates”? Well, in my last blog I asserted that a dedicated yoga practice had seated me in gratitude, which leads to contentment. I’d already planned my next assignment, in honor of the Thanksgiving holiday, to explore the concept of thankfulness. And the fates were about to hold my grateful, […]

Yoga to Still the Head and Open the Heart

by admin

Published on March 14, 2013 on Maria’s Farm Country Kitchen. From years of daily yoga practice I have learned to be at home within myself, no matter where in the world I may be located. Specifically, yoga has taught me how, as my teacher Patricia Walden often says, to “bring the mind of the brain […]

Yoga to Transform a Bad Day

by holly

When I was asked to write on this topic, the first thought I had was, “How can I write a blog about bad days when I don’t have them anymore?” It had been so long since I was unable to be seated in gratitude (which leads to contentment) that I wasn’t sure that I would […]

Yoga for Building Up Immunity of All Kinds

by holly

Published on September 20, 2013 There are countless studies that show that yoga improves immune functioning, most recently the one mentioned in a post here by Dr. Eliaz that describes “how yoga is actually working to benefit us on the genetic level.” The online Oxford English Dictionary defines immunity as “the ability of an organism to resist […]

Yoga for Promoting Patience

by holly

Published on June 18, 2013 on Maria’s Farm Country Kitchen. “…the truth is you turned away from yourself and decided to go into the dark alone…” The first time I read these words by Kabir, the mystic poet of India, I knew deep inside myself that the turbulent time I was experiencing in my life was […]