Meet 98 year-old Nanammal, India’s oldest female yoga instructor

(via Hindustan Times) This is Sri Amma Nanammal who, at 98, currently holds the distinction of India’s oldest female yoga instructor, and second-oldest in the world (the aforementioned Tao Porchon-Lynch is just a few months older). Via Quartz India: “Nanammal, the 98-year-old yoga expert from the southern state of Tamil Nadu, believes that, in its true […]

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Illustrations Show Which Muscles Are Stretched in Yoga Poses

Ever wondering which muscles are being primarily stretched in a particular yoga pose? I definitely have. I’ve been moving into a more physical hatha-based practice this year, and with this has come a desire to better understand yogic anatomy. These illustrations by Vicky Timón and James Kilgallon are quite helpful! Click here to see the complete set […]

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South Africa’s Prison Freedom Project Teaches Yoga to Inmates

I teared up a little while watching this…. This comes from an article on Take Part: “Since 2010, the Prison Freedom Project has introduced yoga classes in prisons all over South Africa, a country that has the third-highest ratio of prisoners to population in the world……Implementing yoga is an effort to limit recidivism rates by helping students manage […]

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Siri Rishi Kaur Interview in Revolt Magazine

My friend, veteran Kundalini teacher, fellow goddess-gatherer and bright light of Harlem Siri Rishi Kaur was interviewed by neon art-warrior Katie Cercone of radical transnational queer feminist art collective Go!Push Pops for Revolt Magazine. Here are a few of my favorite excerpts but the whole thing is worth a read, especially if you are curious about Kundalini […]

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Yoga Basics: Cat Cow

Cat-Cow is a simple and gentle way to warm up the spine. In the video below, the lovely Chia-Ti Chiu provides detailed instructions on how to do Cat-Cow, explains the many benefits, and demonstrates the kriya. Try it with her! (Photo by Taner Ceylan)

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Bravo Pancino!!

Oh, this video! Someone’s been reading my diary…. I intend to teach yoga in Italian some day. This helps. Plus, that DOG! Pancino (meaning “tummy”) is a FLAWLESS chihuahua name. L’uomo non è niente male neanche. Mi piace tutti di questo!

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The Other Person is You: A Dispatch from Summer Solstice 2013

Writer/journalist/yogini Sarah Miller has written a comprehensive recollection of her inaugural experience at the largest annual gathering of kundalini yogis, the 3HO Summer Solstice. The full piece can be found here. Heartily endorsed if you want a peek into the way of life at the 3HO Summer Solstice retreat. I haven’t been since 2010 and […]

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Chakras: A Brief Introduction

(via Collage Calamity) THE LOWER TRIANGLE: First Chakra —– Muladhara —– Earth —– Security & Survival LOCATION: The end of the spine between the anus and sex organs ORGAN/GLAND: Organs of elimination COLOR: Red QUALITIES: Grounded, centered, secure, loyal, stable. Healthy functions of elimination SHADOW: Fear, insecurity, life as burden, feeling excluded, weak constitution, elimination […]

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Yoga Basics: Balasana (Child’s Pose)

Yes, that is early adopter Audrey Hepburn in an impeccable Child’s Pose. This resting posture is also referred to by its Sanskrit name, Balasana (bah-LAHS-anna), and can alternately be called Baby Pose (not to be confused with Happy Baby Pose). It relaxes and releases the lower back while gently stretching the thighs and hips. Practicing […]

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Kundalini Yoga Basics: Life Nerve Stretch

(courtesy of Spirit Voyage) Paschimottanasana, or Seated Forward Bend is also called Life Nerve Stretch in Kundalini yoga. This is a sometimes challenging but comprehensively beneficial posture that ideally would be done daily for optimal flexibility maintenance. This asana stretches and stimulates the muscles of the lower spine, pelvis, and legs, as well as the […]

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Yoga Basics: Vajrasana (Rock Pose)

(photo by Anil Sharma) Get into a kneeling posture, with the tops of the feet on the ground. Sit back on the heels so that they are pressed squarely against the sitting bones. Rest your hands comfortably on the thighs. Center your weight on the sitting bones through the heels and into the ground. Completely […]

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Gorgeous Yoga Sand Sculpture and Time-Lapse Video

From Colossal Art and Design: “Similar to a camera capturing multiple exposures in a single image, artist Katie Grinnan created this sculptural time-lapse of her body moving through a daily yoga routine using sand, plastic, and enamel. The end result is representative of both time and form as each split second is layered onto the […]

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Yoga Basics: Savasana (Corpse Pose)

(photo courtesy of Sivananda Online) Savasana is about releasing the physical body. Yoga Journal has a good explanation of the subtleties of the pose, but all you really have to do is lie on your back, with your arms comfortably at your sides, palms facing up. Feet should be slightly apart. Let your breath come […]

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Yoga Basics: Long Deep Breathing

Break the habit of ignoring the breath. Just because we don’t have to expend effort to breathe, don’t take it for granted! The quantity, quality, and circulation of the breath creates the foundation for a vital and creative life. Mastery of the breath promotes health and vitality, assists in controlling the moods, develops concentration, and […]

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