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Pincha Mayurasana, or Forearm Stand, is one of my favorite poses. Pincha Myurasasa translates to “peacock feather.” Think of your feet lightly reaching for the sky in a multicolor display of energy! Okay, I am reaching, but you can get the image! This posture is one of the more difficult inversions, but is less injury-prone than headstand or shoulderstand. Yet it requires more shoulder flexibility than handstand. In Forearm Stand, the...

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Life is Yoga: November 2009


Posted By on Nov 1, 2009 in Blogs, O2 Yoga Blog |

Change comes whether you want it or not. Beryl Bender Birch often says, “Celebrate impermanence!” I am still working on that concept, but I do know that much of my life I have spent preparing for things that never happened. Instead, something completely different happened. I am now, finally, and only sometimes, understanding what it means to really be present. Preparing for Heather leaving O2 Somerville and South End is impossible! I...

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The spine moves in 6 directions: forward (flexion); backward (extension); sideways (lateral flexion right and left); and rotation (twisting right and left). Most of the time we are in forward flexion: think slouching. In order to maintain and even improve good posture we need to strengthen the spine in all directions, but especially in extension. This is because extension is the antidote and counterpose to flexion. A piece of...

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Life is Yoga: October 2009


Posted By on Oct 1, 2009 in Blogs, O2 Yoga Blog |

Over the course of my life, I have been involved with many causes dear to my heart. I am a yoga teacher, peace activist, vegan, home-schooling mom of two, animal lover, and wife to an amazing man, among other things! Balancing all of these things is possible only if I maintain a sense of joy and play. It is easy to get discouraged and to give up on a world that you feel is filled with fear, hatred, and violence. In reading The...

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Mimi’s Vegan American Chop Suey


Posted By on Sep 20, 2009 in Blogs, O2 Vegan Blog |

Vegan American Chop Suey There is something about junky comfort food that I still crave every once in a while. I so remember eating American Chop Suey as a kid in the school cafeteria. It was made with all the stuff the USDA likes to dump on schools, nursing homes and hospitals’ ground beef, american cheese and elbow macaroni. Don’t even get me started on all the horrible “food” the US goverment gives to kids...

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Ardha Chandrasana is one of my favorite poses. It involves externally rotating the standing hip while keeping the elevated hip in neutral. It is also a standing balance which I consider a “leg behind balance.” What this means is the torso stays in line with the elevated leg. Other poses in this category include revolved half moon, standing split, and dancer’s pose. The emphasis is often placed on the flexibility of the standing leg...

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