Author: Margaret Burns Vap

  • Margaret Burns Vap - Spring Sideways
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    A Side of Yoga

    We spend a lot of time in yoga forward bending and back bending, but side bending is equally important for a well-balanced practice. We don’t often think about being tense in our sides, but like every other nook and cranny of our body, our sides accumulate tension and stress. The good news is the side…

  • Margaret Burns Vap - Heart Opening Yoga
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    Heart Opening Yoga

    Too much time at the keyboard causing your shoulders to sag? Feeling the need to give your heart some love? There’s always a good reason to explore heart opening yoga, and making these poses part of our regular practice  can help keep our shoulders from rounding forward and our hearts from closing to the blessings…

  • Margaret Burns Vap - Side Leg Lifts
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    Taking Flight this Holiday Season

    Arm balances are usually on everyone’s yoga wish list. My gift to you is to show you the steps to take flight on your yoga mat this holiday season. These popular party-trick poses often come up in class as an all-or-nothing proposition. The teacher will say, “If you practice eka pada galavasana, you can take…

  • Chaturanga Dos and Don’ts
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    Chaturanga Do’s and Don’ts

    Oh, chaturanga dandasana. We’ve had a long and complicated relationship. I remember my first few yoga classes way back when, and how it was unclear to me that people were not in fact lowering themselves all the way to the floor. They were – gasp – hovering! And when I first tried you, how miserably…

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    Target Practice: Core Yoga

    When you’re in yoga class and the instructor starts talking about core work, is all you hear blah blah blah core strength blah blah blah? Well, time to tune in to the center of your body’s energy because if you want to improve your practice and its benefits, it all starts with your core. That…

  • Margaret Burns Vap - Handstand
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    One-Pose Wonder: Yoga Handstand

    Midwinter blahs got you down? Boost your spirits and your energy with a handstand (Adho Mukha Vrksasana). This pose may be quick – but it’s not necessarily easy. Learn how to get the most from this one-pose wonder that turns your world upside down, in a good way. You can take handstand anywhere. All you…

  • Margaret Burns Vap - Restorative Yoga
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    Restful, Restorative Yoga

    Our bodies respond to the change in seasons. As the days get shorter and colder, we slow down for winter. If you’re like me, you’re eating and sleeping more, and transitioning into a slower speed. It makes sense that our yoga practice will follow suit, if we honor the body’s cues. While I normally bask…

  • Doable Daily Yoga - by Margaret Burns Vap
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    Doable Daily Yoga

    Five enhancements to your regular yoga routine that will keep your practice thriving on the days you don’t have time to hit the mat. Do yoga daily? When it feels like there aren’t enough hours in the day, that can be unrealistic. So how do you make yoga a daily practice? Work with what you’ve…

  • Yoga with Mom - by Margaret Burns Vap
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    Yoga with Mom

    Asana à Deux. Partner yoga seems to get a mixed reaction – some adore its playfulness, others groan when it comes up unannounced in a yoga class. It definitely changes the dynamic of a yoga practice, which is typically done solo. I confess, I never got super excited about partner yoga, but was always grateful…

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