Posts by Mimi


July 2008 Ujjayi Breath


Posted By on Jul 1, 2008 in Blogs, O2 Yoga Blog | 0 comments

This month we will be focusing on a major component of the vinyasa practice and the practice of yoga on the whole, pranayama or breath control. Specifically we will focus on the breathing technique that we use in every asana class, ujjayi breath. Ujjayi breath is a method of being conscious, being in your body, and, most importantly, being present. Why is this important? Because the present, as Beryl Bender Birch often says, “is...

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This month’s pose represents the perfect balance of discipline and play. There are many ways to fool around and be unstructured. This pose requires a sense of playful determination and focus. You need to be focused, calm, and relaxed while at the same time playing with your edge. I love how handstands can be done with very little preparation and almost anywhere: outside in the grass, in the airport, doctor’s office, or playground....

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The focus of the month reflects the importance of taking the time to breathe. The air is rich with the fragrance of flowers and plants. There are farmers markets, outdoor cafes, barbeques, dog walks, and trips to the beach and into nature. Well, these are all the things most of us want to be doing in the summer. Most of us, however, still need to go to work, drive, grocery shop, and clean our houses. Some of the reasons for not doing...

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Danurasana will be a welcome contrast to the previous 2 poses of the month, which required folding at the hips and closing in the front of the body. Bow Pose is all about opening up the front of the body, especially the shoulders, core, and hips. This posture is perfect for spring as we all get ready to open our hearts and minds to new adventures and projects. Most of the activities we do all day long leave us with tight hip flexors,...

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I became vegan almost 1 year ago. My motivation? I was feeling depressed and overwhelmed with the threat of global warming, as well as feeling inconsistent with my beliefs about compassion and animals. You see, I have been vegetarian for almost 30 years. I became a vegetarian mainly because I believed that the inhumane treatment of livestock was unnecessary and wrong. I continued to eat eggs and dairy, however, because I thought that...

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