Posts Tagged "Iyengar Yoga"

Balancing What Sequence?

Posted by on Feb 18, 2016 in Teaching Tips, Yoga Practice Tips | 0 comments

Balancing What Sequence?

It is unclear to me where the practice of performing a long series of standing poses on one leg preceding the other originated. However, from my experience with yoga– taught in the lineage of Krishnamacharya’s Ashtanga revival– I have not experienced that type of asymmetrical pose sequencing. From a body-wisdom point of view, as well as my Iyengar perspective, I would like to suggest that long sequences of standing poses all on one leg then the other (rather than symmetrically addressing both sides of the body for each asana) to be impractical for several reasons. If the goal of...

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Love Your Yoga Hips: Warrior II

Posted by on Feb 11, 2016 in Yoga Practice Tips | 0 comments

Love Your Yoga Hips: Warrior II

Loving your hips means to care for them by deepening your understanding of how to position your thigh bones in relationship to your hip bones in your yoga poses. Articles and awareness regarding the issue of how a woman’s hips are vulnerable to extreme stretches while practicing yoga have been brought to our attention, and in my own experience I have witnessed many women in pain because of it. One such article featured in the New York Times suggests that many woman injure their hips due to the “wide range of joint play that can increase not only their proficiency in yoga, but also their...

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Become a Great Yoga Teacher

Posted by on Feb 5, 2016 in Teaching Tips, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Become a Great Yoga Teacher

Becoming a good Yoga Teacher begins with our personal practice. While on our yoga mats, we want to build internal awareness and learn to clear the channels, also known as Nadis. Using alignment and subtle action, we can create an experience of inner space and stability. Many teachers and students move through their yoga practice as if the outer expression of the pose were more important than the inner expression of the pose. This misplaced focus often results in a lack of stability and a loss of connection with the subtle energies. Through my experience and training in the Iyengar Method, I...

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How I became a back care specialist.

Posted by on Jul 30, 2015 in Articles | 0 comments

How I became a back care specialist.

People may wonder, “How is it Lillah, that you became a back care specialist? And what makes you an expert in your field?” My study of yoga as a healing art begin in 1976 in Boston Massachusetts, which led me ultimately to the Iyengar method. Why yoga? because yoga connects the mind to the body and the body to our heart and soul. I believe we all seek connection, and through connection we find ease, contentment and peace. As my life was in need of all of those elements, yoga was the perfect endeavor. Not only did I need the mind-body element of yoga, but I needed physical balancing as well....

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Prana and Mathew Sanford

Posted by on Jun 25, 2015 in Articles | 0 comments

Prana and Mathew Sanford

One might doubt whether someone in a wheelchair could deliver a most profound experience of yoga, yet that is exactly what happened during my week of studying with Matthew Sanford in his home studio, Mind-Body Solutions, Minneapolis. As all dedicated yoga practitioners are destined to discover, how “yoga passes down thru time access to the magic energy of the spine. The spine is the organ of connection with life and the mind is the organ of disconnection,” according to Matthew. Patanjali said it this way; yoga is intended to reduce the fluctuations of the mind in order to reach union...

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