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Vrksasana

Later this month, day and night will be of equal length once again. Though this moment is only fleeting, it reminds us that after every time of imbalance, there is a period of balance. As we seek to bring our … Continue reading

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Equilibrium and Equanimity for the Equinox

As day and night come into balance, we too feel the pull to re-align and re-commit to finding balance in our lives. In that spirit, this month, we’d like to share two recent pieces from Yoga Journal online. The first, … Continue reading

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Bhujangasana

Punxsutawney Phil, North America’s most famous groundhog, isn’t the only one emerging from winter-time hibernation these days. As the days grow just a bit longer, we, like the crocuses and other early-blooming bulbs, are all eager to emerge from our … Continue reading

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Focus on Shadow Yoga

Catherine Halcomb-LaBarbera, E-RYT 500, a regular member of the SDY teaching team, has been teaching yoga in San Luis Obispo for 17 years and first started teaching Shadow Yoga courses nine years ago. This month, she shares how she came to … Continue reading

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On and Off the Mat: Pratyahara

Asana, the physical practice of yoga postures, is what brings us together at Smiling Dog Yoga. We return day after day, week after week, to our mats and to the studio because of a shared set of core values. We … Continue reading

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Sukhasana

“Home is where one starts from. As we grow older / the world becomes stranger, the pattern more complicated” writes T.S. Eliot in “East Coker”. In our asana practice, we have a few “homes”: balasana (child’s pose) is one, sukhasana … Continue reading

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Vinyasa Yoga for the Winter

Leslie St John, skilled Vinyasa instructor at SDY, shares her thoughts on and experience with Vinyasa yoga. Vinyasa. “Breath-synchronized movement.” “Moment-by-moment awareness.” “Toned, glowing bodies flowing in unison from one pose to another in a preordained script I didn’t get … Continue reading

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Utkatasana

For this installment of our new Pose of the Month feature, we turn to utkatasana, often known as “chair pose” in English, but actually best understood by its literal meaning, “powerful pose” or sometimes, “fierce pose”. As with so many … Continue reading

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On and Off the Mat: Pranayama

“Breathe to feed the fire in your heart,” my tai chi instructor insisted. “Without air, the fire goes out.” Years of martial arts practice before that tai chi class had failed to drive home such a simple understanding of breath: … Continue reading

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Yin Yoga for the Fall

Angela Bailey, one of the skilled Yin yoga teachers on the SDY team, was quick to remind us that Yin yoga is perfect for all seasons, but that beginning (or continuing) a Yin practice now can have particular benefits for … Continue reading

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