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Yoga, Ethics, and Integrity: a Recipe for a Saner Life

Posted by on Mar 12, 2014 in About Yoga, featured, Philosophy, Yoga Lifestyle | 1 comment

Yoga, Ethics, and Integrity: a Recipe for a Saner Life

Do you have something you are avoiding right now? Something you promised to do, or some emotion you’d rather not feel? If you say no, I’m pretty sure you are lying (if only to yourself). Every one of us is out of integrity in some way. The state of being human is also the state of imperfection. Our willingness to look at and own these imperfections is what keeps them from unconsciously owning us and is a key piece of the elegant system for living that we call yoga. According to the Merriam Webster dictionary, the word integrity has two definitions: “the quality of being honest...

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Mado’s top 4 tips for getting the most out of your hip openers.

Posted by on Dec 9, 2013 in About Yoga, Events, featured, Therapeutic Yoga | 7 comments

Mado’s top 4 tips for getting the most out of your hip openers.

Since most of us spend a lot of our days sitting, ‘hip openers’ have become a popular focus of yoga classes, videos, and workshops. However, our sedentary hips become weak as well as tight and a thoughtful, balanced approach is necessary to keep this large and stable joint healthy and functional.  Read on for my advice on how to get the most out of your hip openers. #1 Listen to your low back Your hips are the joint that connects your legs to your pelvis. Many of the muscles that move your hips affect the tilt of your pelvis. If those muscles become imbalanced, they often pull...

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Hips feel Stuck? This might be the reason why…

Posted by on Dec 2, 2013 in About Yoga, Events, featured | 2 comments

Hips feel Stuck?  This might be the reason why…

Some people walk into their first yoga class, press the soles of their feet together and boom – their knees fall right to the ground for a perfect bound angle pose. Other people practice for decades and still need to sit on something to get their knees to level with their hip bones – the measure for this pose to be safe for your spine. Often, the latter group will ask their teacher “will my hips ever open?”. The answer is, most likely, no. That doesn’t mean you should stop stretching them – but it might change how and why you stretch them. If your hip mobility is limited when you first...

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Will Yoga Wreck Your Hips?

Posted by on Nov 9, 2013 in About Yoga, Therapeutic Yoga, Yoga Questions | 0 comments

Will Yoga Wreck Your Hips?

People have been asking me for my response to William Broad’s latest NY Times article on yoga, so here you go: While the article is a bit sensationalistic, it does bring up a very important topic that is the elephant in the room in conversations about the benefits of yoga: the problem of hypermobile people making flexibility the main focus of their exercise regime. Muscles need to be both strong and flexible in order to be healthy. Yoga isn’t inherently just about flexibility, but it does have a flexibility bias. Of course it’s problematic to talk about ‘yoga’...

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Why I go upside Down Every Day: 10 benefits to practicing yoga inversions

Posted by on Feb 14, 2013 in About Yoga, Events, Yoga Poses | 1 comment

Why I go upside Down Every Day: 10 benefits to practicing yoga inversions

Even if I can’t do a full yoga practice, I try to get upside down every single day for at least a few minutes. An inversion practice can be as simple as a standing forward bend or legs up the wall or as complex as a scorpion handstand. Whatever your strength, energy level, and balance allow, put your heart above your head and reap the many benefits of inverting: Reverse the aging force of gravity Stimulate circulation & lower blood pressure Lower pressure on your spine to reduce neck and back pain Improve posture Strengthen Core Boot brain power & improve mental awareness Calm...

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Why You Should Befriend Your Shadow

Posted by on Feb 14, 2013 in About Yoga, featured, Philosophy, Yoga Lifestyle | 3 comments

Why You Should Befriend Your Shadow

Do you have a part of you that just creeps you out? An aspect to your personality that you’d rather nobody knew about – even yourself? Do you have a persistent dysfunctional pattern that you keep thinking you’re over – until it pops up again? Of course you do. We all do. And it’s often referred to as our “shadow”. Just like everyone’s body makes a dark reflection on a sunny day, all of us have a dark element to our selves. For most of us this is not news, but the idea that you should actually explore this element of your self might be. And it’s no surprise that...

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