Author: Margaret Burns Vap

  • 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. Even if we can’t fly, we can add flexibility, strength and…

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    One Week of One-Pose Wonders

    Fall has arrived. It often feels more like a new beginning than New Year’s: that lovely chill in the air, back-to-school time, settling down from summer. It also usually means a big shift in daily schedules, which always takes some getting used to. As you acclimate to the changing of the seasons and all the…

  • Before Bed Yoga
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    Before Bed Yoga

    How many times has this happened to you: you’re laying in bed hoping to get to sleep, but the more you fret about the sleep you need, the more elusive it becomes. Many times when we get our bodies into bed, they somehow miss the cue, or get mixed signals from our still-racing-like-it-was-midday minds. Also,…

  • Travel Yoga
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    Travel Yoga Practice

    Travel yoga has been on my mind lately. Late last year, my family and I temporarily relocated from Montana to London, UK. After getting ourselves settled, my yoga practice also settled into a spectacular daily routine as I took advantage of what the London yoga scene has to offer. But the month-long school holiday for…

  • Gift Picks: Yoga Books & Music

    Do you have a yogini on your holiday shopping list? Chances are, she doesn’t need another yoga mat, and you probably already got her an Athleta gift card. Help her deepen her practice with everyone’s favorite fallback gift — books and music. But wait! These aren’t just any yoga books and music. There’s a big…

  • Mini Yoga Practice: Hip Opening

    One of my first yoga teachers called the hips “the attic of the body.” Like the attic with its forgotten clutter, we frequently forget about the tension in our hips. It’s easier to recognize when tension shows up in our necks and shoulders, and often easier to release that tension (especially if we’re lucky enough…

  • Chandra Krama: Summer Yoga

    Summer’s in full swing, and while that means lots of good things, it can also feel a little too hot sometimes. Most of us love the chance to get outdoors more often to enjoy warmer temps and longer days, but too much heat and humidity can feel oppressive. Pushing yourself physically in these conditions can…

  • Cowgirl Yoga: Poses for Riders II

    It’s a bit amusing what some people imagine Cowgirl Yoga to be when they first hear of it: visions of handstands in the saddle, hanging upside down off the horse, or wild arm balances at the gallop all seem to dance through their heads. The reality is, riding and yoga are separate practices on the…

  • The 5 Warrior Warm-Up

    I know some of you out there aren’t yoginis. You’d rather lace up your running shoes, hop on your bike, or do whatever other activity calls your name. I know your type well, and I must admit to having a part in bringing many of you to the yoga mat — even if it’s just…

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