Yoadict – leg movements

In installment 2 of my Spanish-English Yoga dictionary, I am going to look at the legs. Check back to installment 1 for arm movements. Feet together = piés juntos Feet slightly apart = piés ligeramente separados Bend your knees = doblar ó flexionar las rodillas Lift your heels = levantar los talones Stand on your … Read more Yoadict – leg movements

Even yogis have down days

Today was just one of those days. Feeling narky, out of sorts, with too many troubling thoughts running around my head. I wasn’t in dire straits, just a little off-colour. It happens to all of us, even yogis. Difference is, we yogis have tools to work with when things seems askew. Mindfulness, deep breathing and … Read more Even yogis have down days

Yoga and the Blues

It is an open secret in the yoga world that most of us arrive here after trauma or trouble of one sort or another. In fact, I have heard said since my earliest days in this strange world of integral healing “people arrive at yoga when they are tired of suffering.” I think it’s true. … Read more Yoga and the Blues

Fascia and slow yoga

On the Alteayoga facebook page, I re-posted a piece from Dr. Mercola’s web site in which fascia is thoughtfully discussed.  I suggest that you pop over and read it, then come back here.  Summing up:  Fascia makes up about 20% of body weight and is like a battery pack for muscles.  It also transports water in … Read more Fascia and slow yoga

How We Breathe: Moving things around

Breathe

Introduction We usually just think of the breath as being Oxygen in and CO2 out…if we think about the breath at all.  Yoga practitioners may think about prâna.  But few of us take the time to contemplate all the other things that move around because of the breath. Most of us know a little about … Read more How We Breathe: Moving things around

How We Breathe: Mouthbreathing

Introduction Mouth breathing is an all too common habit, and one that can be broken through yogic breathing techniques called pranayama.  In today’s post, I am going to talk about how mouth breathing can become habitual, the problems brought on my this bad habit and some ideas on how to correct mouth breathing. The mouth-breathing … Read more How We Breathe: Mouthbreathing

Series: How we breathe – Introduction

Yoga can teach us many things, but perhaps the most important one is how to breathe.  Since I know a lot about breathing, I have decided to begin writing a little series entitled “How we breathe”.  I know that, with great frequency, bloggers start of with big plans to write a series, but things tail … Read more Series: How we breathe – Introduction

Yoga practice – "Towards Inversion"

I am feeling generous tonight, and shall give away a lovely yoga practice that I designed last year and have taught a number of times to my dear students. Notice that “B” or “R” means breath or respiración. When it says “6x”, it means do the vinyasa six times. When it says “6B”, it means … Read more Yoga practice – "Towards Inversion"