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What You Do (and Don't) Need to Start Doing Yoga

Friday April 11, 2014

There is a lot of yoga stuff out in the world right now, but don't let marketers tell you what you need to do yoga. For beginners, the essentials list is pretty basic. And if you're trying to decide where your money can best be spent, earmark it for quality classes, not fancy yoga pants.

Got Allergies?

Tuesday April 8, 2014

Woman Blowing Her NoseAh, spring. The beautiful flowers, the newly sprouted trees, the warm breezes distributing the unrelenting onslaught of pollen. If you are one of the many people who have seasonal allergies, here are some yoga methods you can try to ease your discomfort.

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Manduka Flip-Flops You Can Recycle

Wednesday April 2, 2014

Manduka Onward Sandal

Manduka, known for their ever-popular Black Mat PRO and many other yoga products, is now offering a flip-flop sandal. The Onward Sandal is the first offering in their new LiveON collection, which will soon also include a yoga mat. Both are made out of PLUSfoam, a material than can be recycled into new products when you are finished with it. I had the chance to try out the sandals and found the foot bed to be very comfortable. I have a narrow foot and the straps are a little loose on me, but your foot, obviously, may vary.

Yoga After 40

Tuesday April 1, 2014

Woman MeditatingAs a proud quadragenarian, I was not too psyched about the idea that my yoga practice should change just because I entered my 40s. But as time has continued to march on, I find that my priorities are changing. Let's take a look at how to cultivate a practice for the long haul: Practical Yoga Advice From the Far Side of 40.

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Are You Up for Stripping Down (at Yoga)?

Thursday March 27, 2014

Nude YogaHere's my full disclosure: although I love to try out the latest yoga trends so I can tell you about them first-hand, I'm drawing the line at naked yoga classes. I have researched the topic enough that I can give you some tips on what to expect, but I've also created a place where those of you who have walked the talk can share your experiences. Plus, a poll!

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Pose of The Week: Locust Pose - Shalabasana

Monday March 24, 2014

Next time you do locust pose, stop and pay attention to what your butt is doing. Unless you are conscious of it, you are probably squeezing your glutes. Now try relaxing them so they are toned but not clenched. When you do that, it frees up your tailbone, which can facilitate a deeper backbend.

The New York Times Shows Us Yoga in Israel

Friday March 21, 2014

Earlier this month, The New York Times Magazine featured a photo essay about an Iyengar (ropes wall and all) yoga studio for Orthodox Jews in Israel. In keeping with their religious beliefs, men and women practice separately, wearing their everyday modest attire. The images are fun to look at and offer great visual evidence for people who worry that yoga is not compatible with their religion. Yoga is compatible with everything!

 

Save Your Back With The Yoga Sak

Wednesday March 19, 2014

The Yoga SakI've looked at a lot of yoga bags in my time and after a while they start to look like variations on a few themes. You've got your traditional tubes, your modern totes that accommodate a mat, and so on. The Yoga Sak actually offers something different: a fully functional backpack that holds your mat vertically. It's a great solution for commuters and yoga festival goers alike.

Pose of The Week: Garland Pose - Malasana

Monday March 17, 2014

As spring creeps in, I find I can no longer ignore the dry, brown wasteland in my backyard. It's time to start clearing out the old and making way for the new. Which means it's time for malasana, or, as I like to call it, squatting in the garden pose. (My apologies to those of you still dealing with arctic tundra. May your spring come soon!)

How Hot Is Evolation Yoga?

Thursday March 13, 2014

I updated my Hot Yoga Heat Index to include Evolation Yoga, a fast-growing chain of yoga studios co-founded by a former Bikram senior teacher. If you follow Bikram's ongoing series of legal disputes over copyright, you may remember Evolation as the studio that won the right to teach Bikram's series.

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