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A Student Asked…

This week a student in the Gentle Breath Practice / Chair Yoga class asked, “Why is Nadi Shodhana considered the most powerful yoga practice?” (Nadi Shodhana is a slow-paced breath practice where you alternate which nostril you are breathing through.) First of all, who is it that considers this true?

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Mindful Living

Self-Compassion is Required

Swami Kripalu liked to say that the most important part of a spiritual practice is self-compassion – that is, the discipline of self-observation without self-judgment. What is stunning about this teaching is that this yoga master’s observable practices were prodigious, involving hours of daily pranayama and meditation, years of practicing

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Gentle Yogis Sangha Quilt by Emily Eisen
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Voices of Gratitude

On Saturday evening, March 20, 2021, more than 90 Gentle Yogis gathered on Zoom to celebrate, having survived a very hard year…apart…together…and being better for it.  We enjoyed an hour of amazing and varied talent, presented rather professionally on Zoom, with great transitions by our Emcee, sang “Happy Breath-Day” to

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Rudy Peirce Joyce Peirce have heart for the Gentle Yogis community
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52 weeks…Rudy’s Introspective Retrospective

Regardless of the day before,in 2020we arise at 6 or maybe 7,and while the world is turned upside down, masked up, six feet apart and locked down, I sit with a dedicated community of breathers. Every morning, Joyce and I, start the day in a good way, expanding our lungs,

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Jenny Leopold, Kripalu Yoga Teacher
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Jenny appreciates Rudy’s approach to Gentle Yoga

Here is the final clip in this video series for our Countdown to One Year. Jenny Leopold has been a regular in our practice community and shares what she appreciates about Rudy’s gentle approach to yoga.  She has studied Dynamic Gentle Yoga with Rudy in the advanced teacher training program

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Mary-Margaret enjoys a positive start to her day

As part of our Countdown to One Year, here is another short video clip from recent interviews of a few members of the Gentle Yogis community.  Mary-Margaret Kerns has been a pillar in our daily breath practice community, also frequenting the Tuesday and Thursday afternoon community-supported classes. She has enjoyed the

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Eliot enjoys better breathing and feels calmer

As part of our Countdown to One Year, here is another short video clip from recent interviews of a few members of the Gentle Yogis community.  Eliot Dalton has attended the breath practice since April 2020 and has inspired several family members to join in. He has done yoga in person

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Emily Eisen screenshot from video
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Emily says Rudy IS Gentle Yoga

As part of our Countdown to One Year, we will be posting short video clips from recent interviews of a few members of the Gentle Yogis community.  Emily Eisen has been practicing with us online since we began on March 19, 2020.  She has been a student of Rudy’s for

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woman practicing alternate nostril yogic breathing called nadi shodhana
Mindful Living

Take a 5 Minute Yoga Break with Mini Practices

Yoga that’s Available Anytime Mini practices are short practices that you use to recenter, re-focus, re-energize at any point during your day.  A mini practice can be five minutes, as short as a minute, or as long as 20 minutes, depending on your situation.  Sometimes, we need to tell ourselves

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woman doing chair yoga with hands in namaste prayer
Mindful Living

The Gift of Regular Yoga Practice

Yoga practice will expand your awareness. It begins with body awareness. Then, in the same moment, it includes breath awareness. It is said that practice will make you sensitive. With regular practice, you will become conscious of more that is in your experience. In other

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