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Part 1: How To Build Strong Legs In Yoga So You Don't Hurt Your Back (Updated 2018)

If you want to learn how to cultivate the quality of strength in your yoga practice and not hurt your back, knees & elbows then you are in the right place.  The observation that Patanjali doesn't say a lot about asana in the Yoga Sutras leads me to believe what is said must be important.   Sthira Sukham Asanam Asana should have the qualities of steadiness & ease.  In my experience of 14 years with a daily asana practice the ease comes after the steadiness.  The ability to relax and breathe comes after the strength & foundation. In particular the legs. Hanuman legs.  Hanuman symbolizes the qualities we are looking for perfectly but both Hanuman and the Yoga Sutras need to be...

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Yoga Towel vs Yoga Rug. Why For Ashtanga Yoga You Need Both (Updated 2018)

Learning through experience. There really is no other way. As I waited in the lobby of KPJAYI waiting to practice for my first time I read the sign.  "All students must have 1 cotton mat and 1 cotton towel. " Ok the rug I had. I had it for years. But the towel? What was that for? Aren't they the same thing? I'd already been practicing 9 or 10 years but the differentiation wasn't clear to me. Then not until Feb 21st 2017 did I understand the Microfiber difference. I had to write this post to clear up some of the confusion for visitors that come to this site when it comes to Yoga Towels, Yoga Rugs and the Microfiber Yoga Towels. Since...

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If You Want To Avoid Back Pain In Yoga Then Make This One Simple Change

Why Extra Grip Equals Extra Weak Would you ride a mountain bike with training wheels? Seems kind of ridiculous right? Then why are you using a sticky mat? Or anything with "extra grip"? Just like training wheels the extra grip could be necessary in the beginning but at some point you will be strong enough to move to the next level. In this post I will explain how I adjusted the difficulty of the surface level I practice on so I could build stronger legs, feet and back and how it made a massive difference in my practice. This is part of the Strong Foundations Emails Series which you can sign up for here   *Please note this is not to...

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