Tight shoulders, strong arms and Cow Face Pose (Gomukhasana)

I’ve noticed before that some yoga poses are easier to do on certain sides of my body. However, I never really investigated further. Since starting my yoga teacher training program, I’ve dived into a quest for knowledge. Having a side by side image of my arms in Cow Face Pose (Gomukhasana) gave me a clearer visionContinue reading “Tight shoulders, strong arms and Cow Face Pose (Gomukhasana)”

Stic Man’s Yoga Mat – A rap song about yoga

Stumbled upon this song by Stic Man randomly this week….. Stic Man describes the various aspects of yoga perfectly; making sure to go beyond the asanas/poses to a way of life.  My favorite part: Remain present in each moment The yoga mat, on the floor It’s more than that, it’s a metaphor Listen to the entireContinue reading “Stic Man’s Yoga Mat – A rap song about yoga”

Kirtan with Nina Rao and Ambika Cooper

Last Friday, my husband and I attended a Kirtan with Ambika Cooper and Nina Rao hosted by Laughing Lotus Yoga Center. This was my second Kirtan (read about my first experience and Kirtan 101 here) and my husband’s first. This time I was more relaxed and knew what to expect. As a visual learner, I also appreciated thatContinue reading “Kirtan with Nina Rao and Ambika Cooper”

Tripod headstand (Sirsasana II)

I made my first attempt at Tripod Headstand (Sirsasana II) two months ago. I was surprised how different it felt compared to Supported Headstand (Salamba Sirsasana). Though it makes sense, when you compare how much of your arm is supporting you vs just your hands. Last week I was finally able to rise my legs in TripodContinue reading “Tripod headstand (Sirsasana II)”

Light on Yoga – reading for yoga teacher training

Less than two weeks until my yoga teacher training course begins at Laughing Lotus! I’ve been chipping away at the pre-reading assignments for the course (various chapters from the five required texts). So far I am in love with part I from Light on Yoga by BKS Iyengar. This book is often called the “BibleContinue reading “Light on Yoga – reading for yoga teacher training”

Yoga book reviews: Hell-Bent & May I Be Happy

Earlier this month I finished two more yoga themed books. This time more autobiography/research and less novel. My reviews below for Hell-Bent and May I Be Happy. Hell-Bent: Obsession, Pain, and the Search for Something Like Transcendence in Competitive Yoga (by Benjamin Lorr) Hell-Bent covers the history and experience of Bikram Yoga (sometimes confused with hot yoga).ItContinue reading “Yoga book reviews: Hell-Bent & May I Be Happy”

Wheel pose by American River Bike Trail, Sacramento (Day 2)

Another beautiful run on the American River Bike Trail. This time my husband joined me and we took an asana break midrun. Wheel pose (Urdhva Dhanurasana) to stretch out my back by the water. This map shows all the parking entrances, key landmarks, horse trails, fishing spots etc. The picture above is by mile markerContinue reading “Wheel pose by American River Bike Trail, Sacramento (Day 2)”

Eka Pada Koundinyanasana I: Breakdancing meets yoga

“Yoga is like music. The rhythm of the body, the melody of the mind and the harmony of the soul create the symphony of life.” ~ BKS Iyengar My first almost success at Eka Pada Koundinyanasana I (Pose Dedicated to the Sage Koundinya I) last week. Every time I do it I feel like I’m break-dancingContinue reading “Eka Pada Koundinyanasana I: Breakdancing meets yoga”

I’m officially enrolled in Laughing Lotus’ Yoga Teacher Training Program

It’s official!!!!!! After a 3-month tour of yoga studios in NYC, having coffee meetings with instructors, emailing past trainees and general online research….then doing some soul searching/praying/reflecting on what I truly wanted to gain from the training….. then filling out a fairly long and therapy like application….. I’m officially enrolled in Laughing Lotus’ Yoga TeacherContinue reading “I’m officially enrolled in Laughing Lotus’ Yoga Teacher Training Program”