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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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My Favorite Holiday

Welcome to February everyone. With the arrival of this lovely month comes with it my favorite holiday. This holiday is most often overlooked, as it really doesn’t change the routine of a person’s day much at all, unless of course … Continue reading

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Observe, Balance, Assess, Correct

As I have mentioned in previous posts, I have been re-introducing myself to yoga while adjusting to the healing process of an elbow injury. I have been finding articles around this topic that have helped me tremendously. This particular article … Continue reading

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Showing Up

Sometimes getting back into yoga after a long recess away can be so challenging. I remember a professor once telling a group of students, the biggest challenge we will face consistently in our lives is showing up. I find that … Continue reading

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Back to the Basics

As I mentioned in a previous blog post about a month or so ago, I broke my elbow and was unable to practice yoga for some time. Introducing yoga in bits and pieces over the past month has been helpful, … Continue reading

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Resolve to Evolve for the New Year!

Hello wonderful smiling dog family!! I found this amazing article on Yoga Journal that I have come back to again and again in thinking about this new year of 2013. I usually try not to get wrapped up in the … 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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Are you Sweet, Strong, or Spicy? Part Three: Spicy

As we approach the new year, I can’t help but look back on this incredible year and think of all the amazing things I have been introduced to. It was in 2012 that I discovered Smiling Dog Yoga studio and … 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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