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Yoga: Visiting Omkar 108 Yoga in Los Angeles

What does Omkar mean? I wondered, and google told me that first of all it:

Causes you to be systematic, technical, and attentive to detail

My first practice after a lot of confusion and suffering in my life happened today when I had the privilege of visiting Omkar 108 Ashtanga Yoga in Los Angeles.

From outside, on the back of the studio, there is a speaker so you can hear mantras – I thought I recognized Manju’s CD which I find energizing and focusing.

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I was there early so I peeked in, and saw one of the assistants practicing an advanced pose.… Read the rest

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Laruga Wakes Up at 2:45 AM For Yoga!

Laruga Glaser couldn’t help but being a yoga teacher… Life kept drawing her into it, even when she was kicked out of a yoga teacher training, it was not because of bad behavior but because… well, I’ll let you hear it from her:

If you don’t see the big photo with the play button click here to start listening to The Yoga Podcast episode #12 with this extraordinary practitioner and teacher.

You can also listen on Stitcher  I-Tunes or Podbay

What is Special About Laruga

Even though she experienced hardships growing up, meaning abuse, which I can relate to, she learned through yoga to transcend and heal.… Read the rest

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The Yoga Podcast Ep# 4 Matthew Sweeney – Making Yoga Work For You

You know that episode where you introduce your guest and you do it all wrong? And then he has to stop you -very politely- to make corrections?  Well, this is one of those episodes…

If you cannot see the big photo with the play button you can listen by clicking here. Or listen in I-tunes –  

[Also: please forgive the quality of the Skype audio that gave us a little echo here and there… Bali-NYC/Skype connections can be iffy sometimes]


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YOGA: How Do I Motivate Myself To Practice Day After Day – 3 Suggestions

Paula shared her frustration with the repetition part of the asana practice.  Do you sometimes feel like quitting? she said.  I think is fair to say we’ve all been there at some point.

As per me,  I find that the rigidity is mostly  of the “mind” because the mind gets bored easily.  And it wants out.


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I also find that when the mind gets “bored” it is probably because a break-through or a deepening is happening.

Leaving the practice could be counter-productive at a time of discomfort because it is exactly when things are shifting.

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Join Me For A Free Ashtanga Yoga Exploration Class 9/20/14 in Cold Spring

Come to SkyBabyYoga in Cold Spring this Saturday, September 20th for a FREE exploration into the Ashtanga Yoga world.
This (below) comes from their web-site, I hope you can make it…  And remember if you are in the NYC area, the Metro North train leaves you right at the doorsteps of the studio.
A FREE kick-off class to celebrate the start of a new six-week series in the practice of Ashtanga with Claudia Azula Altucher.
Come to this open-level exploratory Ashtanga yoga class in which we will go over the most beneficial poses of the primary series at a moderate pace and with plenty of modifications, so that everyone can participate and enjoy it.
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