Posts by Mimi


Life is Yoga: may 2008


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

It has become increasingly apparent to me that many people are being bombarded with messages of fear. I believe that joy and fear are opposites. Fear is what stops many of us from making choices that we know in our heart are right. The idea that someone else knows better than you is the exact message that our government and the media want us to believe. This month we explore dhanurasana, a backbend. Backbending in general is about...

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Galavasana— sometimes called figure 4 pose, so we picked it for the fourth month! Just kidding, we have very deep and spiritual reasons for chosing the pose of the month, because this one is a lot of fun!! Galavasana involves a good amount of flexibility and strength in the outer rotators of the hip. This arm balance also requires core strength and upper body strength. The preparation is almost if not more fun that the posture itself....

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Yogic philosophy teaches non-violence, compassion and respect for all things living. The goal of yoga practice, in theory, is reaching the state called samadhi or bliss. Many interpretations of this state exist but I believe that samadhi is experienced in the realization that all things are connected. That sense of being part of something larger than oneself and something quite wonderous and truly awesome. This philosophy first...

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Padmasana is one of those poses that students find frustrating. It requires a certain type of hip flexibility that is different than that for shin-to-shin or pigeon pose. The most important thing is that the knee joint is not bent sideways in the process of moving into the pose. This asana, if done wrong, is a great way to injure your knees. Over the course of this month, you will see many ways of working towards and sometimes...

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Life is Yoga: March 2008


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

Padmasana represents springtime to me. At the end of the Astanga closing sequence, you see three versions of this pose to finish and seal the practice: Badha Padmasana (Bound Lotus), Padmasana (Lotus), and Ut Plutihi (Lotus Flying Up). The first one represents the compact and intense energy of a bulb of a flower. In padmasana, the plant begins to break the surface of the ground or, in the case of lotus, the water. Then the plant in...

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