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Inner Light: Yoga for Weight Loss

I know I know… Yoga for Weight Loss, really? As if we don’t have enough bombardment in our culture to change our bodies to a standard that is unrealistic and frankly unhealthy. The reason I am bringing this to light, … Continue reading

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My Path Back to Health: The Story of a Smiling Dog Yogi

  Hello, I am a Yogi. My path back to health began twenty years ago, at a point when I was abandoning it. I used to be in good shape. I was a former long distance runner, with a handsome … 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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Are you Sweet, Strong, or Spicy? Part Two: Strong

This week we are moving toward strong vinyasa, and as such I was able to hear a refreshing and new perspective from a student in the strong vinyasa class at Smiling Dog. What I enjoyed about this week is that … Continue reading

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Are you Sweet, Strong or Spicy Vinyasa? Part One: Sweet

The time of year has come upon us where the darkness sets in a little earlier every evening and the rain comes down by the bucketful, and we find ourselves eager to keep the warmth alive with a flow class. … 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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A Mountain Woman Yogi Moment

As our house’s main source of heat comes from a beautiful wood burning stove I have begun to take much pride in the daily ritual of building a fire when socks and sweaters aren’t enough. There is something about this … Continue reading

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Anjali Mudra

For the first installment of our new Pose of the Month feature, there is no better place to begin than with anjali mudra. It is, after all, traditionally a sign of greeting. We can go a long way to understanding … Continue reading

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Yoga Challenge

Yoga Challenge It’s Not Too Late For Spring Cleaning Spring is the perfect time of year to clean house and renew your body, mind, and spirit. Just as the snow melts and streams flow, it’s a great time to ramp … Continue reading

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