what is your yoga truth?

Hanumanasana is Overrated “From a standpoint where the purpose of Hatha yoga is to facilitate and maintain a healthy functioning body, there is no reason why a person would ever need to be able to do Hanumanasana. However unattached we may be in working towards it, the goal belies our better purpose. Touting images of…

oldie but a goodie

Decided to republish this when a reader told me that she felt “liberated” after reading it. Killing Yoga’s Sacred Cows addthis_pub = ‘yogagal60510’;

yin yoga Q & A

After reading this post, Anonymous asked: “How can it be a good thing to stretch ligaments? Fascia, I understand; I learned a lot about it in anatomy courses & totally get why it needs to be flexible. But I’m not clear on ligaments: don’t they hold bones in place, as in joints? Don’t people have…

killing yoga’s sacred cows: Paul Grilley training, part 2

“HOW CAN THERE BE UNIVERSAL PRINCIPLES OF ALIGNMENT WHEN EVERYONE’S BONES ARE DIFFERENT?” How indeed? I have been a student of Paul Grilley’s for about five years now and I’ve been teaching yin yoga for three years. I first did a workshop with him at the Midwest Yoga Conference and as soon as he said…

Paul Grilley: how to be a good yoga student

I spent 5 days with Paul Grilley in another wonderful yin yoga teacher training. this video was taken by Zach, who came from Michigan to the Chicago Yoga Center. Paul is talking about being a courteous student if you are in a workshop or a class and you do not agree with what is being…

the retreat, part 2: Yoga Dawg goes legit!

I have finally found some time to write a a bit about my second 10 day retreat for my Mindfulness Yoga and Meditation training at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California. You can read about the first retreat in October, 2007 here. We had the same teachers from last year except for Stephen Cope…

thanks given

to…. Suddha Weixler. . .for showing me what it means to be a true yogi Srivatsa Ramaswami. . .for showing me what pure yoga is and inspiring me to go to India Paul Grilley. . .for showing me that yoga truly is “all in the bones” Sarah Powers. . .for confirming for me what I…

yoga with a capital Y

I have never studied with Mark Whitwell, but I would like to because from what I have read about him, for me, he embodies pure yoga. He teaches from the lineage of Krishnamacharya, the grandfather of modern hatha yoga, and he studied with Krishnamacharya’s son, Desikachar. He edited Desikachar’s book, The Heart of Yoga. In…

no attachment, no aversion

What would happen to pain if we did not label it as such? What would happen if we turned to face our obstacles instead of pushing them away? I teach vinyasa flow and yin yoga. Yin yoga is a style that is still unfamiliar to many yoga students. It doesn’t make you sweat and you…