Category Archives: Yoga

Maslow and the Chakras

Human nature strives for structure and understanding. In studying the seven chakras, which are thousands of years old, I’m struck by how Maslow’s Hierarchy of Need aligns with this ancient tradition.   First, consider the seven Chakras: 1. Muladhara – … Continue reading

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Foot Chakras

In honor of Earth Day our yoga instructor Maureen led a class that emphasized our connection to the earth.  We began in Toe Squat Pose. Toe Squat is a yin pose, and like most yin poses, it looks easy but … Continue reading

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Restorative Yin Yoga

Yin yoga is like making a feast out of nothing. The poses are easy, barely poses at all.  We hold them a long time; so long I forget I’m in a pose. When the tinkling bell goes off to change … Continue reading

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Iyangar Provides a Restorative Antidote to Power Yoga

In my quest to explore different types of yoga, I took a 75-minute restorative Iyangar class at Om Namo in Cambridge with Ally McAlpin. Four students met in an unheated.  We began class with our mats short end to the … Continue reading

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Return to Bikram Yoga

Six months after stopping Bikram cold turkey, I return to the Friday 6:00 am class on a cold, clear March morning. For months the idea formed an anxious knot in my brain; the longer I stayed away the more convinced … Continue reading

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Grand Slam Yoga

The problem with an addiction, as any smoker, alcoholic, or licorice lover can attest; is that you need more of what you crave just to maintain.  If you want to bump up your high, you’ve got to increase the dose. … Continue reading

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Yin Meditation

My daughter and I spent a week at the Hariharalaya Retreat Center in Bakong, Cambodia. Everyone staying there hailed from North America, Europe or Australia; most on extended sojourns to a patch of the world where a sabbatical year is … Continue reading

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Yoga Cross-training

I attended twelve yoga classes last week. Excessive? You bet. But I found benefit in every one. Since I stopped doing Bikram last September I’ve expanded into doing a variety of yoga styles.  My home base these days is CorePower … Continue reading

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Seek

After practicing Bikram yoga for four years, I’ve had the new age aspects of yoga pretty much drummed out of me.  Bikram strives to be scientific rather than mystical.  During the non-stop ninety-minute dialogue, one word never uttered is Namaste. … Continue reading

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CorePower Yoga

It turns out my addiction to yoga is fickle.  My annual membership to Bikram came to a close in early September.  After 1,046 classes I’d been feeling diminishing returns.  Some days the heat seemed as formidable a foe as on … Continue reading

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