Posts by Mimi


Second Series of Astanga Yoga is called nadi shodana or nerve cleansing. Primary Series is called yoga chikitsa or “yoga therapy.” Nadi shodana is more about stimulating the nervous system, but also about evening and balancing all of the energetic centers along the spine. In Second Series we begin to explore much more back bending, inversions, and deeper expressions of forward folds. Second Series is much more open and playful than...

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April 2009 Props


Posted By on Apr 1, 2009 in Blogs, O2 Yoga Blog | 0 comments

This month we will explore all the many ways to use blocks and straps, towels and the wall. Props can be used to modify for injury or tightness, deepening postures, support, and also to create stability and balance in a pose. We will be using props to make our classes interesting, challenging and accessible. Props can become a distraction so it is great to know when, where and why to use them. Have fun playing with your props all...

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Life is Yoga: April 2009


Posted By on Apr 1, 2009 in Blogs, O2 Yoga Blog | 0 comments

Food for Yogic Thought Food is not just fuel. What you put into your body affects how you feel, your overall health, energy, and longevity. The yogic diet has a wholistic approach. Rather than separating components of food by calories and nutrients, the yogic perspective is of the diet as a whole. In general, you want to put the food that is closest to it’s natural state in your body. The yogic diet separates foods into 3 categories;...

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The pose, or, more accurately, the focus, of the month is the Primary Series of Astanga yoga. There are four series in Astanga yoga, Primary, Secondary, Advanced A, and Advanced B. The Primary Series is called yoga chikitsa, or “yoga therapy.” It is designed to be the entry level and accessible for all. It is athletic, builds strength, flexibility, and stamina, and trains the mind and body to move with and listen to the breath. I...

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Life is Yoga: March 2009


Posted By on Mar 1, 2009 in Blogs, O2 Yoga Blog | 0 comments

March 2009 In yoga practice we are constantly told to pay attention. Pay attention to the breath. Pay attention to what is happening in your body. Pay attention to your locks and your drishti. Why pay attention? Paying attention is about being in the present moment. Isn’t it interesting that even when the present moment is quite pleasant—or at least harmless—we still tend to check out? Even in the best of circumstances, we go into the...

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