Posts by Mimi


This pose is the bane of all tight-shouldered/tight-backed people. There are many of us out there! The idea is that there is equal weight in the hands and the feet and the arch is nice and even and broad. There are those whose shoulders are tight and this tends to push the stress into the lower back. The tight-back people get limited by the shoulders and wrists. The lumbar (lower) spine and neck are the only parts of the back that can...

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Water, Water Everywhere! As I trip over my millionth water bottle I have decided to address the issue of drinking water during practice. It seems that almost everyone sets down their mat, their towel, their props, and their water bottle to prepare for practice. During class there is much sitting back, wiping away sweat and taking a sip of water, and of the sound of me kicking over someone’s bottle. For many of us, the water bottle is...

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For many years I have taught a pose called Koundiyasana and revolved Koundinyasana. In researching the pose of the month, I found out that what we often teach at O2 as Koundinyasana is actually Koundinyasana II, and the revolved pose is actually Koundinyasana I. Koundinyasana I is a twist and Koundinyasana II is more like a flying split. We will work on both throughout the month as pose and counterpose. They are both arm balances and...

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Be Where You Are Have you ever said: “I can’t _____________ (lose weight, change jobs, spend more time with my kids, eat better, do more yoga…) until I _____________ (have more money, have more time, find a partner, get a new house…)? The ironic thing is, we are often putting off the things that will benefit us most, the things that will actually help us be more centered and able to deal with stress. Beryl...

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Listening More and Thinking Less! I am thinking about Beryl Bender Birch a lot lately. She is coming to the studio in November for a 3-day workshop and I can’t wait. She is my teacher and my mentor. Over the course of my years of teaching she has been a wonderful source of inspiration and support, and I am grateful to have her in my life. I was paging through her book Power Yoga, when I can across a bit she wrote about listening. Have...

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