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I recently asked my students to lift their big toes without moving the rest of their foot. With much consternation, they discovered this to be a more difficult than they had anticipated. Intrigued? Try it yourself!

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I’ve been teaching yoga service classes for about three years, but have been passionate about this field for many more – starting with the administrative work I did for Yoga Activist in Washington, DC, prior to training as a yoga instructor. I’ve been teaching yoga to women at the country’s largest jail for […]

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Ah yes, we’ve said it before—Goat Yoga is taking over the world. Following the lead of several cities before them, Denver recently launched their own special brand of airport yoga. Since November, passengers are able to pre-book a private room for a virtual mini-session of yoga or meditation before they hit the friendly skies, through [...]

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The #metoo movement has roiled social media and the news cycles for months. Industry after industry has shuddered through a series of allegations that prove sexual abuse goes hand in hand with our current structures of power.

I’ve been quiet.

I’ve been angry. I’ve been upset. As a yoga teacher I’ve felt a need to set my agenda aside when it comes to wider social issues. As a woman I’ve felt a need to take care of my own boundaries.

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In these modern, technologically-advanced times, virtually everything is at our fingertips, which may sound like a good thing, but ask biomechanist Katy Bowman and you might get a different opinion. In fact, we’re hearing that as a society we are becoming much too stationary and just don’t move as much as we should in order [...]

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Go to any major city in the United States, and you’ll see the signs: gleaming studios in trendy neighborhoods, mats peeking out of $200 leather tote bags on the metro, and Lululemon stores with motivational phrases splashed on their window displays. Yoga has been thoroughly commodified, and it’s everywhere.

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After meeting with a student a few weeks in a row, she looked over at me and said, “You were nice to me for the first few weeks. It’s so much harder now!” I smiled and told her that was just the way I like it. But silently, I scanned through what we had done. It wasn’t wildly complicated—I hadn’t planned for […]

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Oh, nature. Perfect for deep contemplation, observing awe-inspiring wonders and, oh yes, attempting risky yoga photos that are ill-advised but end up as internet magic. Let this be a lesson to us all! (Kidding, we won’t learn, will we?) When Twitter user Chisamariee tried her bow pose as a human bridge across this rocky river, well, [...]

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Yoga keeps growing and seemingly so do the yoga-related injuries. And, surprise surprise, it’s not just students who are getting the injuries—though often we as a community don’t really like to talk about such things, whether the problems come directly from yoga or were exacerbated by the chosen practice. A few weeks ago, Jill Miller, [...]

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