Category Archives: practice

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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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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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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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 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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Yoga in the News

(I found this article on Yogadork.com) New 2012 Study Tells Us How Many Millions More Do Yoga and How Many Billions of Dollars It’s Worth The 2008 study has finally been eclipsed by new data from a study via Yoga Journal. … 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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