Something about Asana

Do we lose something as we try to give the body variability, progressive loading, controlled range of motion, healthy and novel motor patterns, greater functionality and sustainability both on and off the mat?  Is it enough to down-regulate the nervous system, achieve self-regulation of one's mood and emotional-mental states, find healthy and free breathing patterns?  Do we lose something, or does the tirtha expand as we more fully inhabit our bodies?

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India: Stepping into Grace

I never felt I needed to go to India to be an authentic yoga teacher, and yet, as my 60th birthday approached, and I had felt for a while I wanted to mark it with a meditation retreat, my teacher and friend suggested and encouraged the idea of a retreat in India.  In fact she suggested the teachers:  David Frawley and his wife, Shambhavi Chopra,  respected teachers who have led the Ganga Yoga Shakti retreat together in India for over ten years . . .

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Yoga Roots: Back to the Beginning

Throughout my life I sought out direct experience of the sacred. In childhood I looked for magic through fairy tales and a busy imagination. As a teenager and well into my 30s I had a passion for poetry, which could bring a glow and shimmer to the everyday. Years of in-depth motherhood endlessly opened my heart, immersing me in a tangible reality that for some time eclipsed longings for hidden realms. There was a long-abiding and sometimes dormant interest in yoga over the years: the high school Kundalini class, the time I went with my mom to a yoga class at another mom’s house; the class at a local college in my late 30’s.

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