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Margaret Burns Vap

Margaret Burns Vap - Spring Sideways

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…

May 3, 2014
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…

February 14, 2014
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…

December 3, 2013
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 –…

September 17, 2013
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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…

May 23, 2013
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,…

February 15, 2013
Margaret Burns Vap - Restorative Yoga

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…

November 13, 2012
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…

September 29, 2012
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…

May 4, 2012
Spread Your Wings with Spring Yoga
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Spread Your Wings with Spring Yoga

Birdsong – a sound of spring. So to greet the coming season on the mat, how about incorporating some asanas inspired by birds into your fitness/yoga routine? Like their namesakes, some poses are graceful, like bird of paradise, and some are powerful, like rooster.…

March 13, 2012