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Top 10 Must Practice Yoga Poses
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Master teacher, Rodney Yee’s list of must-practice yoga poses: 1. Mountain Pose (Tadasana) 2. Handstand (Adho Mukha Vrksasana), Alt: Dolphin (Makarasana) 3. Triangle Pose (Trikonasana) 4. Half Moon Pose (Ardha Chandrasana) 5. Headstand (Sirsasana), Alt: Dolphin (Makarasana) 6. Standing Backbend (Modified Urdhva Hastasana) 7. Legs-Up-the-Wall Pose (Viparita Karani) 8. Reclining Cobbler’s Pose (Supta Baddha Konasana) 9. Final Relaxation (Savasana) 10. Full Lotus...

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Spring Awakening
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Spring Awakening

Mar 19, 2016

Spring Equinox is celebrated as the first day of Spring, when day and night are equal in both hemispheres. All of nature is stirring now and showing signs of activity after the Winter sleep. Buds are bursting on the trees, Spring flowers are coming out and seeds are germinating. Here are 8 Yoga poses to awaken and spring clean your body:...

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Virabhadra
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Virabhadra

Jan 9, 2016

Virabhadra is the “spiritual warrior,” who bravely does battle with the universal enemy, self-ignorance (avidya), the ultimate source of all our suffering. Warrior 1 is a strong asana that is associated with the Root Chakra, connecting us to the earth. Use it to reconnect and find your footing—physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Find step-by-step instructions for Warrior 1 pose here:...

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Messengers of the gods
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According to Hindu myth, gods ride on birds. Many yoga poses are inspired by birds, Pigeon, Eagle, Peacock, Swan, Crane, Heron, Rooster, and Partridge. The swan is the vehicle of the creator god Brahma. Her name (hamsa, more accurately rendered as “wild goose”) conceals a profound teaching in the powerful mantra, soham, which translates as “This am I.” This phrase acknowledges the individual’s aspiration to merge with the universe and sums up the...

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Pratyahara — the power of stillness
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Pratyahara, the fifth limb in Ashtanga yoga, means to consciously withdraw energy from the senses and the world. In yoga one way to begin to understand it is to practice the corpse pose. By remaining motionless and letting go of all stress and tension, you begin to achieve a wonderful state of stillness while the world goes on around you. You achieve a state of nonreaction—like a leaf floating on the water,...

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The Breath of Life
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The Breath of Life

Mar 13, 2011

Hide Oshiro is an artist who moved to Newburgh, NY 12 years ago. He draws and paints while his wife Catherine volunteers in the community. Born in Tokyo one hundred years ago, he wanted to come to the United States when he first saw the word “Liberty” on an American coin. When asked about the gang violence in Newburgh, he said young people need to learn that the breath of life is all that matters....

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