Category: Yoga

  • 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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    #ShareYourOm for Yoga Month (Week 2)

    To celebrate National Yoga Month, yoginis everywhere are sharing their favorite pose, snapping a photo and writing a few words about why they love yoga with the hashtag #ShareYourOM. Every Friday this month, we’ll be highlighting a few of our favorites here to inspire yogis everywhere. Here’s what this week’s featured yogis had to say…

  • Karen Mirlenbrink - I am Normal
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    I’m Normal

    I’ve been told that what makes me unique is that I’m normal. That’s kind of an oxymoron. How can I be unique in that case? Normal is a relative term, and I’ve learned to embrace my normalcy. I’ve learned in my chosen profession, normal is overrated. So often we see fitness professionals that are tall,…

  • Share Your Om
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    #ShareYourOm for Yoga Month (Week 1)

    For National Yoga Month, yoginis everywhere are sharing their favorite pose, snapping a photo and writing a few words about why they love yoga with the hashtag #ShareYourOM. Each Friday, we’re highlighting a few of our favorites to inspire the worldwide web of yogis. Here’s what this week’s featured yogis had to say about their…

  • Sadie Chanlett-Avery - Confessions of a Yoga Teacher | Athleta
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    Confessions of a Yoga Teacher

    This October marks my tenth anniversary of yoga teaching. After thousands of classes and individual sessions, instead of Namaste bows how about a round of high fives? Truth be told, during my initial years of teaching I felt like a fraud. I didn’t live up to what I considered a “real” yogi. Here’s my story:…

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    I Bought My Guy Yoga Shorts

    Yes, I bought him yoga shorts. I was feeling brave. I bought my guy a pair of yoga shorts for his birthday. As he unwrapped his gift I was afraid to watch the expression on his face. For us as a couple, this simple gift had the potential to open a new chapter of our…

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    Breath of Life

    Sandra Dennis is something of a lifesaver. Not my life, not yet anyway, though I do intend to return to her yoga studio and do some more sessions under her calm and soothing guidance. The life she’s currently working on saving is my mom’s. It’s been a rough road for her lately. See, my mom…

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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…

  • Sadie Chanlett-Avery
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    Expecting Strength: Pregnancy, Fear & Prenatal Yoga

    When I started teaching yoga an enthusiastic pregnant student kept showing up. Although she melted into the hip openers and expressed her gratitude after class, she intimidated me. I hadn’t made sense of the prenatal yoga “rules” and I assumed her pregnancy made her fragile. Turns out, my fear was exactly what she didn’t need….

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