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Alignment In Yoga – Focus on Your Bones

Halasana Alignment in Yoga

FOCUS ON BONY ALIGNMENT IN YOGA Let’s face it. There is so much to learn about anatomy and alignment in yoga and it is overwhelming for yoga students and teachers! Asana practice undoubtedly provides benefits to all aspects of the human body such as the cardiovascular, digestive, lymphatic, reproductive, and nervous system. However, as yoga…

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Vinyasa | 5 Pillars of Baptiste Yoga

Pillars of Baptiste Yoga

5 Pillars of Bapitste Yoga: On and Off the Mat It has been a while and I have not forgotten to share my insight on the fifth pillar of Power Yoga. I suppose I have been in the flow of my practice and teaching and not so much in the flow of writing. The 5…

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Three Reasons Why Joints Crack

Why Joints Crack

Three Reasons Why Joints Crack Have you ever wondered about the sounds your body makes and why joints crack? As an anatomy teacher, physical therapist and yoga teacher I am often asked, “Why do joints crack?”. It is also common for my clients to say, “I know I should stop, but it feels so good!”…

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Foot Placement in Tree Pose: Is Your Knee Safe?

Foot Placement in Tree Pose

Foot Placement In Tree Pose: Is Your Knee Safe? If you did not get a chance to read Dr. Trish Corley’s article on foot placement in tree pose in the last issue of Namaskar Magazine, check it out here! Have you given much thought to your foot placement in tree pose? I have heard countless…

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Tapas (Heat): Fourth Pillar of Power Yoga


Tapas (Heat): Fourth Pillar of Power Yoga The third pillar of power yoga is tapas (Sanskrit for “heat”). It feels good for me when I practice yoga in a heated room (or in the outdoors in Singapore where we are graced with natural heat and humidity. I also experience joy inside my physical body as I create…

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Bandhas | Third Pillar of Power Yoga


Bandhas | The Third Pillar of Power Yoga The third pillar of power yoga is bandhas. You might recall the first pillar is dristhi, a visual focus. Yes, dristhi is the pillar I wrote about many months ago. I lost my dristhi in terms of writing about each of the five pillars of Baptiste Power Yoga. Yet…

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Hands on Assists in Yoga: Intention Matters

Hands on Assists in Yoga

Register for Our Next Hands on Assists Yoga Training Hands on Assists in Yoga: Intention Matters Hands on assists in yoga classes offer students the opportunity to experience possibility in a pose that they may not otherwise experience without the assist. When I receive an empowering and supportive hands on assist in yoga, I am…

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Clear Instructional Cues in Yoga | Advanced Anatomy Not needed

cues in yoga

Flexion, extension, contraction, and confusion? Does your mind get turned upside down when you think about these terms or try to use them? Read on in order to get clear on basic anatomical language related to cues in yoga. As a yoga teacher I focus on providing cues in yoga classes that will land on my students. That is, I say things or do things that will have an immediate impact in their bodies. There is no need to

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Ujjayi Breath | Second Pillar of Power Yoga

ujjayi breath

The first pillar of Baptiste power vinyasa yoga is Drishti which we explored in a recent article and the second pillar is ujjayi breath. It is the focus on breathing that changes the practice of yoga from a form of exercise to something life changing! Breath is, after all, what decides if we are alive!

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Where Is My Diaphragm? Yoga Anatomy

yoga diaphragm

Where Is My Diaphragm? Yoga Anatomy Your diaphragm is a very large but thin muscle and is the primary muscle for breathing.  So where is this muscle that is the key to life and the key to your yoga practice?  It is located between the thoracic cavity (where your heart and lungs are) and the…

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