Category Archives: meditation

John Schumacher Interview on Meditation and BKS Iyengar

John Schumacher sits down with Iyengar Yoga teacher Rosa Santana and discusses his thoughts on meditation, how it can be reached through the practice of asana, the difference between meditation and Pranayama, and stories about the early days with BKS … Continue reading

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What encompasses a personal practice?

Students often tell me, “Oh yoga comes so easily to you.” In every practice I take time to analyze where my body needs to work and try to think of ways to open it. Much of my practice is spent … Continue reading

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Photo blog – The Institute

     

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Why do you demonstrate on your less than perfect side?

Over the last few years I have demonstrated an asana or two in class, (in particular standing postures or twists) on my less than open side.  For example, I’ll demonstrate Ardha Chandrasana, and discuss where my body needs to move … Continue reading

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Workshops with Senior Iyengar Yoga Teacher Sri Arun H.S.

I am honored to announce that Sr. Iyengar Teacher Sri Arun H.S. will be teaching two workshops at EssentialYoga Studio during his U.S. tour. These will be small intimate workshops with limited space. When:  Monday, October 7th  4:00PM – 7:00PM … Continue reading

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Question of the Month: How do I keep from becoming discouraged in my practice? I look around in yoga class and I can’t do any of the poses.

This is a difficult question to answer.  Yoga is internal, personal, and not to be compared to the practice of the person next to you.  While in India, I was always looking around at the other students.  Geeta Iyengar told … Continue reading

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Question of the Month: I find Digital Pranayama difficult. Why can’t I practice closing the nostrils with the thumb and forefinger? What is the importance of Digital Pranayama?

In the practice of digital Pranayama the fingers regulate the volume and flow of breath by narrowing the nasal passages filtering out impurities during respiration. The controlled inhalation through the narrowed passages allows the lungs more time to absorb oxygen. … Continue reading

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