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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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What Does It Mean to Relax?

Welcoming Yoga Nidra An excerpt from Radiant Rest One of the first things I became aware of, as I began to practice and then share deep relaxation, was that it’s difficult for most of us to “let go.” Yoga teachers often give this instruction without the slightest consideration for how it will be received in a class full of people with varied life experiences and possible traumas. At the very least, life can be stressful, and over time it can create...
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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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Appreciating Our Bodies

Yoga and Body Image An Excerpt from Yoga Where You Are The most important step in appreciating our bodies is to meet ourselves where we are. As yoga teachers, we can create a truly inclusive yoga class by coming to understand and appreciate different body types and abilities and by learning how to adapt a pose and a practice to fit different kinds of bodies. We can share inspiration from, and promote the work of, a diverse range of teachers....
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Always New

Practices For On and Off the Mat An excerpt from The Practice Is the Path On the Mat Be All Ears Begin in child’s pose (balasana). Set your knees hip-width apart and stretch your arms straight out in front of you on the floor, in the same way you stretch your arms in downward dog pose. Either support your forehead on the floor, or rest your head on a block or blanket. Enter the pose with beginner’s mind—that is, “be...
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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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Four Neck Stretches

Attentive Practices that Protect Your Neck Photo Credit: David Martinez From Yoga Myths Remember, the cervical spine is both the most mobile and most delicate of all the regions of the vertebral column. Approach the practices suggested below with respect for your neck and with curiosity for how intelligently it moves to bear the weight of the head. Neck Stretch 1 Flexion Photo Credit: David Martinez Sit on your mat or the front half of the seat of a chair...
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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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Accessible Yoga Exercise

Finding the Essence of a Pose From Accessible Yoga Asana (the Sanskrit word for yoga pose) is just one part of yoga, but it’s an important part, and it can be made accessible to everyone who is interested. The question everyone has is, “How do I start? How do I find a way into a practice that seems so physically challenging?” The answer is to start where you are. When you consider practicing a new yoga pose, it’s easy to...
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The Competitive Yoga Trap | An Excerpt from Hip-Healthy Asana

A Challenge to Yoga Practitioners Comparing Our Practice If I had to pick one thing that challenges Western yoga practitioners more than any other, it would be the urge to compete. Because I haven’t spent more than a few months living in other cultures, I don’t know this for a fact, but I suspect that the idea of being “on top” may be more integrated into the American collective psyche than it is in other cultures. When I first learned...
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The Approach | An Excerpt from Living the Sutras

Cultivating the Right Attitude We invite you to leave your reflections in the comment section at the end of this excerpt. bhava-pratyayo videha-prakrti-layanam (1:19) Samadhi is a natural state for someone who is enlightened. shraddha-virya-smrti-samadhi-prajna-purvakah itaresham (1:20) For the rest of us, we must use faith, passion, mindfulness, quiet, and good judgment to support our journey toward samadhi. Our life is a reflection of our attitude, the energy of our mind. When we look at the world angrily, fearfully, cynically,...
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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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Yoga, Fascia, and the Feeling of Being Me

by Tias Little, author of Yoga of the Subtle Body What is Fascia? In the same way that a fish swims in water and a bird flies through the air, fascia is the way we move. Every time you practice triangle pose or the camel, you stretch an entire network of cellophane-like tissue (“cling-wrap” if you are in the UK) from your feet to the crown of your head. Fascia, or connective tissue, is everywhere in the body. It wraps...
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Yoga for Balance | An Excerpt from Yoga for Healthy Aging

We have excerpted the chapter “Yoga for Balance” from Yoga for Healthy Aging: A Guide to Lifelong Well-Being by Baxter Bell and Nina Zolotow. This chapter describes balance, how yoga can improve balance, and yoga practices to increase your balance. Click here to read “Yoga for Balance” from Yoga for Healthy Aging. Our friends at Brentwood Yoga in Brentwood, California. Related Books
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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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Busy Days | An Excerpt from Relax and Renew

We have excerpted the chapter “Busy Days” from Relax and Renew by Judith Hanson Lasater. This chapter describes three series that bring restorative yoga into your busy life. The first one you can practice at home or on vacation; the second is for the office; the third is for when you’re on the go. Click here to read “Busy Days” from Relax and Renew. Related Books
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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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