How to Practice Yoga, Part I

For more than 10 years now, I have been teaching Iyengar yoga, the method of hatha yoga developed by world-renowned yoga masterĀ B.K.S. Iyengar. Affectionately known as Guruji to his pupils, Iyengar was renowned for his majestic demonstrations of yoga asanas (postures), but his true brilliance was in how he wove the philosophy of yoga into his teaching, bringing it to the forefront and raising the profile of hatha yoga in India and throughout the world. [continue reading …]

Yoga for ‘Falling Back’

This is the time of year I call “bummer”–it’s not quite fall and not quite summer, either. My heart aches as my hands pass over the shorts and sandals in the closet and reach instead for pants and shoes that cover my yoga toes. [continue reading …]

Yoga for Men, Part I: Forward Extensions

Dear Male Yogis,

I am a female yoga practitioner and teacher, and I confess that for a very long time, I didn’t understand the challenges you face, particularly with forward bends. As my teaching skills developed, I began to observe the keen differences between the form and function of the male and female bodies and wanted to help men gain access to the poses that would improve their mobility. [continue reading …]