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Gentle Practice

Yoga changes how I think; 15 minutes can be enough

Some of my favorite outdoor activities often make it easier for me to stay relaxed about life. This is the simplest here in the northeast in the summer, although, when we have had a good snow, I can enjoy cross-country skiing. Whatever the season, living in-the-day, living in-the-present is still

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Science of Yoga & Breath

What is Pranayama?

In The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali, one of the essential texts for serious yoga students, the Eight-Limb path is prescribed as an approach to relieve the human experience of suffering. The first two limbs are known as The Yamas and Niyamas. The third limb is asana, or posture. These and

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Teaching Gentle

Creating Safety

Can you really make a yoga class work for everyone? How do you make it safe? Safe for those nursing injuries? Safe for those with chronic conditions like high-blood pressure, asthma, arthritis? Challenges and limitations like stiff joints, rock-hard tight muscles, poor balance, obesity, dyslexia, or even hyper flexibility? As

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Gentle Practice

Trust Your Experience: Avoid Pain and Strain

If you are new to yoga, curious, or full of questions, you have come to the right place. Yoga is many things to many people. There is no yoga practice or yoga tradition that is right for everyone and no “right way” to do yoga that you have to fit

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Gentle Practice

Dynamic Gentle Chair Yoga: Hip Openers

Being in a chair for long periods of time is hard on the body. Tight hips is only one of many issues that can occur from too much sitting, but the chair in which you sit can be a means to accessing some simple, gentle hip-opening stretches. So slide your

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Bookshelf

The Great Work of Your Life

I have been reading a compelling book called The Great Work of Your Life, written by a dear friend, Senior Kripalu Scholar-in-Residence, Stephen Cope. Stephen’s insights in this, his third amazing book on the philosophy of yoga, are illuminating some of the challenges in my professional life as a yoga

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Community

Greens for Garlic Lovers: an Easy Recipe

Sauteed Spinach with Garlic and Olive OilSpinaci Saltati all’ Aglio e Olio Spinach was supposedly the favourite vegetable of Catherine de’ Medici. Dishes served on a bed of spinach are known as “Florentine”, reflecting Catherine’s birth in Florence. (Source: Wikipedia) According to Licensed Functional Medicine Nutritionist and Gentle Yogis community

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