February 23, 2016

Recently, I saw Frank Stella’s lifetime retrospective at the Whitney and was struck by several of the wonderful quotes that explain his work.

 

One in particular: “The essence of freedom…is something that is able to overcome its own boundaries. The question is not o...

February 2, 2016

Many of us share this story: We attend a yoga class or two, return with increasing regularity, and soon make room in our lives for our practice. (Some of us even organize our lives around our practice.) It’s something we can’t pinpoint at first, but we recognize its go...

November 3, 2014

YU Featured class: Slings & Ropes class w/ Jane DoCampo

When: Saturdays at 3:30p

What's it about: Spice up your practice by introducing slings & ropes into your repetoire! By using these tools, both in the center of the room and at the wall, you will be able to build str...

October 10, 2014

I was feeling unhappy the other day,walking home,and thinking about a difficult situation I’d had with a friend. We’d argued about something and it had lodged into my craw. But then I found comfort in the ability to acknowledge my own unhappiness and to really feel it....

October 12, 2012

Yoga practice is filled with dualities, with polar limits. We start as beginners and advance towards mastery. Some of us have pelvises that are habitually held in a backward tilt, some of us in a forward tilt. Some of us are tightly-ligamented, some of us are loosely h...

October 10, 2012

If vinyasa is the orderly placing of one pose after another in a specific sequence, what could the opposite of vinyasa be? In his article on Vinyasa Yoga in volume 8 of Ashtadala Yogamala, B. K. S. Iyengar coins the term “vishamanyasa” as “placing in an odd or irregula...

October 2, 2012

One thing yogis with some experience of different styles can say for certain is that Iyengar Yoga is most definitely not vinyasa. These days, the two styles almost exist as two opposite poles of the yoga spectrum. In an Iyengar class, poses are held for more than a few...

September 26, 2012

In a class, one of my teachers spoke about taking his daughter to the New Jersey shore.  During a certain time of year, there would be horseshoe crabs on the beach, and his daughter would get particularly upset when she saw the ones that were turned upside-down.  A hor...

September 14, 2012

Think of the word “core” not in its sense of abs and lower back, but in its sense of a deep axis of the body, like an apple core. That axis will follow the line of your primary hip flexor muscle, the psoas, extending in both directions towards your feet and your head....

September 10, 2012

One of the most amazing things about the human mind-body is the way it is able to negotiate so much of our daily lives for us without us having to be conscious of every minute detail. Can you imagine what it would be like to wake up every morning and to have to figure...

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