Yoga Guides

Free Download | Live Your Yoga

6 Free Exercises to Cultivate Abundance & Joy Cultivate greater abundance and joy with 6 free practices and reflections from Live Your Yoga by Kelly DiNardo and Amy Pearce-Hayden. This practice deck allows you to apply the wisdom of the Yoga Sutras on and off the mat to create a holistic practice that will support you in mind, body, and spirit. This offering includes two themes from the deck—Abundance and Joy—with three corresponding practice prompts for each theme: The Explore prompts inspire...
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Little Yogi Deck Companion Guide

Free Companion Guide Download Download this companion guide to help you foster a supportive foundation for practicing yoga at home, in your classroom, or in your clinical practice. Intended to be used in conjunction with Little Yogi Deck by Crystal McCreary and illustrated by Andrea Pippins, this guide will be an invaluable resource to parents, guardians, caregivers, educators, and therapists. The companion guide is available for download and printing for your personal use. To open the PDF in your web...
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The Power of Meditation beyond Mindfulness

Meditation and Yoga An excerpt from The Genius of Yoga Yogis know what studies are showing: meditation is a remarkable tool for bringing mental health and physical well-being and healing. They know this through millennia of experience working with meditation and observing the results, like teachers who watch students learn and grow in music, language, and many other subjects without using the scientific method to prove it. We also know that meditation can make changes in people’s minds and in their...
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On Practicing Yoga

A Foreword to Get Your Yoga On by Dianne Bondy I started practicing yoga when I was very young. My mom found Be Young with Yoga by Richard L. Hittleman at a used book sale in 1967 and decided to try it. When she introduced me to the practice, it felt natural and fun. Throughout my life, yoga has helped me navigate the world as a black woman in a plus-sized body. The world has always been interested in my physical...
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Living the Sutras | Free Yoga Class + Meditation Audio

Follow an engaged and balancing 25-minute asana class from Kelly DiNardo, and then get a higher perspective on your worries with Amy Pearce-Hayden’s 8-minute guided meditation. Enter your email to listen. Email Address *     *You are agreeing to receive promotional messages from Shambhala Publications. You may unsubscribe at any time.
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Meditation on the Third Eye

by Tias Little, author of Yoga of the Subtle Body Meditation on the third-eye center is one of the most classic of all techniques in subtle body training. I have been revisiting the potency of this practice and wanted to share a few thoughts. The bridge of the nose is called the Nasya Mula, or Root of the Nose. There is a marma point in Ayurveda associated with this location in the region between your eyebrows. Look at an anatomy...
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Breathing Practice

by Tias Little, author of Yoga of the Subtle Body More than anything it is important to come to know the quality of our own breath. In the beginning, I used to strive to expand my breath in the same way I actively stretched in a yoga posture. But I have learned that it is important, imperative really, not to “push the river of your breath.” Rather, it is best to follow the current of your breath—that is to sense...
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Coming to Your Senses in Yoga Poses

by Nina Zolotow, author of Yoga for Healthy Aging Asana works to steady the mind through a focus on physical sensation, breath, or drishti (gaze). If we can bring that same focus into our Accessible Yoga practice, we quickly realize that the outward appearance of a pose is not a sign of whether or not someone is practicing yoga. What’s important is the mental focus and engagement. —Jivana Heyman I think this is a very good summation of what practicing...
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Saying Goodbye to B.K.S. Iyengar

The great, perhaps the greatest living yoga master, B.K.S. Iyengar died today in Pune, India, at the delightfully advanced age of 95. There will be many public tributes and even more private tributes as his innumerable devoted students honor his legacy. In memoriam, we offer Iyengar in his own words, from his classic work, The Tree of Yoga: "Death is unimportant to a yogi; he does not mind when he is going to die. What happens after death is immaterial...
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Tias Little on the Subtle Body

At the Yoga Journal Conference last month in Estes Park, CO, our marketing coordinator Emma Sartwell caught Tias Little, a master teacher who synthesizes years of study in classical yoga, Sanskrit, Buddhist studies, anatomy, massage, and trauma healing, on the lawn to discuss chaturanga, Zen, yoga butts, the sacrum, and more. Find  out more about Little's new book Yoga of the Subtle Body here: shmb.la/yoga-subtle-body     Emma: So I thought I'd start with a little context about you-how did...
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Michael Stone: A Yogi’s Reader’s Guide for Beyond the Mat

Michael Stone (1974–2017) was a prominent and innovative Buddhist teacher, yogi, psychotherapist, and author. He was the founder and director of the Centre of Gravity Sangha, a community of yoga and Buddhist practitioners based in Toronto, and he taught widely and had a large international following. For more information visit michaelstoneteaching.com. In his own words... The Yoga-Sutra of Patanjali A New Translation with Commentary translated by Chip Hartranft In 2003 when Chip Hartranft translated the Yoga-Sutra attributed to Patanjali, it...
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