The Yoga of Odissi

I recently returned from Bhubaneswar, India where I was studying and performing Odissi dance and teaching yoga to mostly dancers and musicians. Odissi is a classical dance that has its roots in the yogic temple rites of the tantrik priestesses of ancient Orissa or Kalinga. The dance was nearly lost during British rule because the […]

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Chakra Overview

I promised a weekly chakra blog in February but Superbowl Fever got in the way last week! Apologies, and back to the plan. Let’s take a look at the whole chakra system from root to base, which is called the “liberating” current, or direction. The first three chakras, located at the perineum (Muladhara), navel (Svadisthana), […]

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The Chakras

The last Monday night of each month I teach the 7:15 – 8:30pm Capitol Hill class with a focus on the chakras. It is a cycle I so enjoy, moving through the chakras once a year to address the unique characteristics, issues, and energy of these levels of consciousness that we all hold within our physical […]

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Pranayama Practice Off the Mat

I am a runner only in as much as I do run, but I wouldn’t call myself a “runner” runner. On a good week I may clock around 20 miles. Over the past year I started running again to vary my physical activity (biking, weights, and yoga). I enjoy the solitude and physical benefits, and […]

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Ayurvedic Advice for Fall

“Air, fire, water are the 3 principles most fundamental to life. They appear in the body as Vata, Pitta, Kapha. They represent the cosmic urges to movement, transformation, and stability.” – Ayurvedic Sutra The fall season in Ayurveda is associated with the dosha – uneven energy pattern – called Vata, which promotes movement. As essential […]

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Niyama, October’s Theme of the Month

The 8 Limbs of Yoga (see previous posts for more information on the 8 Limbs) begin with the Yamas and Niyamas. The yamas begin the process through disciplined actions we take towards the world around us and encourage us to be kind, true, respectful, self-controlled and efficient. Eventually through practice these qualities become our natural […]

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8 Limbs of Yoga with Jen Yaros

The philosophical study of the 8 Limbs system of yoga, as put forth by Patanjali, can be a dizzying undertaking for all its simplicity. The sutras are so skeletal that at first glance they may appear to contain little, if anything at all, of use and then once you delve into their meaning, the depth […]

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Yama, September’s Theme of the Month

I love the name 8 Limbs Yoga Centers, because it reminds me that the path of yoga offers a wealth of direction for spiritual fulfillment on and off the yoga mat. 8 Limbs refers to ashtanga yoga’s eight-fold path, each limb equal and necessary. The first limb offered on that path is yama, a set […]

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8 Limbs of Yoga

The name 8 Limbs comes from a central tenet in yoga philosophy that names eight limbs, or aspects, that give us a full kit of tools to work with any challenge we come across. These eight limbs are divulged in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali at the end of Chapter II and throughout Chapter III: […]

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Catching the Big Fish

My latest read is David Lynch’s book “Catching the Big Fish.” A practitioner of Transcendental Meditation for over 30 years, Lynch writes about how meditation has helped him to mine many of the ideas and images for his movies and shows. It’s a mixture of wonderful meditation propaganda and insight into his process as a […]

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