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Salabasana and Bhujangasana Salabhasana (sha-la-BAHS-anna) Salabha- Locust or Grasshopper, Asana- Pose Bhujangasana (boo-jang-GAHS-anna) Bhujanga- Serpent, Snake, Asana- Pose Salabhasana variations are simple backbends performed while lying prone (on the belly) that prepare the body for deeper backbending practice by strengthening and lengthening the muscles of the back, legs and “core”. There are many variations of […]

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In case you felt bored with your asana practice and were wondering what else there was to do… Check out the Advanced Ashtanga Series… And then take a deep breath and remind yourself that there are always things to aspire towards ; ) Absolutely Ashtanga is a great website and asana resource run by Sacramento […]

heart chakra

Happy Valentines Day! Regardless of the plethora of possible associations you might have to this particular holiday, it’s never a bad excuse to explore the essence of the day… The heart. In western society yoga and meditation have started to receive recognition from the medical community as to their value for cardiovascular health and aiding […]


(Raji Thron is pictured here demonstrating Ashtangasana. Please don’t try this one at home, unprepared or unsupervised.) Ever wonder what pose is which one, where and how? Good thing there’s this kick-asana (ooh…) web index of asana variations complete with notes, references, instructions and bibliography. And if you’re wondering what to do with all these […]


Oooh! Goldmine!! I love it when I find amazing web resources like iHanuman. Hanuman the monkey-faced god of the Hindu tradition is considered to be a symbol of Bhakti (devotion) and love. As one incarnation of Lord Shiva, Hanuman represents good fortune and benevolence. iHanuman pays tribute to the namesake as an online community of […]

cocoa yogi

Thanks to my friend Robert for bringing this recent New York Times article to my attention, it was sincerely one of the most entertaining 15-minute reads I’ve had in a while. It seems to me that the point of both yoga and food get lost a lot. The practice of yoga is one that has […]

street yoga

Street Yoga was founded in 2002 when the executive director began teaching a yoga class to homeless youth in Portland, Oregon. Since then, Street Yoga has grown to about 20 volunteers, offering 4 weekly classes in the Portland area, 2 weekly classes in Seattle and periodic wellness workshops.

Street Yoga’s primary focusing is teaching yoga and […]

yoga hope

Yoga Hope is a non-profit yoga outreach program based in western Massachusetts bringing the practice of yoga and meditation to underserved women; women who have been incarcerated, are undergoing addiction treatment and rehabilitation,  living on the streets, battered women and women transitioning from hospital treatment for disordered eating. Founded by Sue Jones, the program consists […]


Shanti Uganda is a project that I am seriously excited about! The women that started this project are deeply committed to the vision of yoga as a healing tool and are doing wonderful work to spread the love and peace (shanti) of the practice. If you happen to be here in the Portland area I […]

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In the next few weeks I’ll be posting on many of them and I’ll also be interviewing a few of these yogActivists for FTY News. So if you are someone or know of a person or project that should be interviewed or featured, let me know!


The World Food Program is sending out all available resources to bring nourishment to the people of Haiti after the devastation of a massive 7.0 earthquake on January 12th. Haiti is a place that is described as “hell on earth on a good day”. In the last decade this island has endured a political coup, […]


While I was back I had the good fortune to discover yet another in my growing list of excellent yoga-photographers. I love it when a photograph can actually recontextualize my understanding of a posture and shift my perspective in a new way. Boulder photographer Jim Campbell works with a gorgeous aesthetic that evokes a movement’s sensuality and explores playful and quirky approaches to his subjects.

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Find a comfortable and quiet place to sit for a while. Either sit with your eyes closed or let your gaze be still and unfocused towards the ground in front of you

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The solstice is upon us and the days are as short as they’ll be all year. In this time of inward and reflection let yourself rest deeply in supportive, passive yoga poses. This posture is deeply nurturing to tired adrenal glands and kidneys while gently stretching the back, side-body, and neck. And it provides a […]

Ryan Patterson and Jason Frahm

Interview with Ryan Patterson from Away Inward Retreats.

In the last year and a half California-based massage therapist Ryan Patterson and his Partner Jason Frahm have taken four groups to Peru for a once-in-a-lifetime cultural experience including hikes to sacred Inca ruins, fire dances, earth offerings and plant ceremonies guided by Andean Shamans, massage, journaling, yoga (of course), Machu Picchu (of course) and a deep commitment to serving 2 local orphanages. I interviewed Ryan about the vision of Away Inward and his mission of charitable outreach.

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Feeling tired? Grab your friend and take 10 minutes out of the day for this recharge pose. It’s not often that we sit back-to-back with someone. Just that by itself is deeply relaxing, (it’s definitely more relaxing if it’s someone that you know and trust,)  add in a gentle twist and restorative backbend and let […]

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Side View Block

In the winter our posture often becomes closed by hunching shoulders and keeping the head down to protect ourselves from the cold weather. Spending long days sitting, reading or working at the computer and generally living in a world that doesn’t always invite openness can all take a toll on the posture as well. These […]

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Bodhi Day (成道会?, Jōdō-e), traditionally the 8th day of the 12th lunar month (in the Chinese Calendar), has been observed on December 8 in Japan since the Meiji Restoration (1862-1869). It is the Buddhist holiday that commemorates the day that the historical Buddha, (Siddhartha Gautauma,) experienced enlightenment. Siddhartha Gautama was a prince who left his […]

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There are lots of variations of Surya Namaskar, meaning ‘salutation to the sun’. Here’s an exquisite interpretation performed by yoga teacher Phillip Askew and the ballerina Lydia Walker. Lovely! Variations on Surya Namaskar


I just read via Elephant Journal that one of my favorite teachers at my favorite yoga studio in Boulder, CO The Yoga Workshop, is being sued by one Robert Heit of Santa Rosa, CA for an adjustment that, Heit claims, resulted in a torn medial meniscus and “severe personal injuries, causing him extreme physical, mental and emotional pain and suffering.”