What’s Your Biggest Obstacle?

What obstacles prevent you from getting the most out of your yoga practice?  We asked our teachers what restrictions they most often see in their students. Some of their answers may surprise you. (Hint: it’s not about getting the pose … Continue reading

Seamus Heaney poem, with Some Yoga-Oriented Questions on Being Grounded

The mythological greek figure Anteus draws invincible strength his connection to earth. When Antaeus touches the ground, no wrestler can defeat him.  He only loses once, when Hercules severs the connection by lifting off his feet. Seamus Heaney vividly describes … Continue reading

Grounded! Discovering the Earth Element in Your Asanas.

A few times every month as I bike along on my morning commute, I’ll see one of my neighbors on a barefoot walk.  He’s picking his way across the bank of boulders at the top of the beach, or striding … Continue reading

Does Your Yoga Practice Change Depending on Your Mood?

If you do yoga, it’s probably because at some level it makes you feel better – or at least you hope it will.   But if you’re like most of us, the way you feel changes from day to day –sometimes … Continue reading

Clues to It’s a Numbers Game

Big deal! Besides its many other amazing qualities , the number 108 is the product of 0 to the 0th power, 1 to the 1st , 2 to the 2nd power, and 3 to the 3rd power.  Extending the pattern of … Continue reading


The information about shoulderstand comes from the following sources: Light on Yoga  by B.K.S. Iyengar, and Yoga, a Gem for Women by Geeta Iyengar both provide a list of shoulderstand’s potential benefits and counterdications based on their experience with thousands … Continue reading

Mary Alice on Shoulderstand

Shoulder stand can be an uncomfortable posture.  For some of us, it may provide sensations that we don’t wish to feel, like in our neck; for others, it can be a challenge to begin to invert.  Most of us can … Continue reading

Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

In shoulderstand, we all look like giants – at least to ourselves, as we look up at our two feet towering above us.  Here are seven ways to bring the queenly pose of shoulderstand into your practice, one small step … Continue reading

Shoulderstand: Why Do It?

Shoulderstand is a great pose – some yogis say it’s the most important one of all.  But it’s clear that not everyone should do it.  Read on for a quick drive down both sides of the road. Benefits Here are … Continue reading

Why is it So Hard?

Shoulderstand can calm and revitalize us, very deeply.  But it’s also hard work, especially when we’re first learning. The pose can require months or even years of practice before the full and delicious benefits arrive.  Fortunately many of these benefits … Continue reading