2 Yoga Poses for Tight Shoulders

Slouching over your computer all day can lead to some pretty painful repetitive stress injuries, such as carpal tunnel syndrome. The key is to take action before you feel pain and numbness in your hands and legs. Here are two yoga poses for tight shoulders. Set an alarm on your computer to remind you to get up and stretch for at least 5 minutes every hour.

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A different kind of tree pose

Balancing in tree pose, you may imagine a wispy willow blowing in the wind as you try to stabilize your body and not tip over. Next time, instead imagine these green giants with huge green “feet” rooting down into the Earth.

Yoga Master Max Strom’s upcoming presentations in Europe

–October 2009 Europe– Galway, Ireland The Yoga Shala/ Oct. 2-4 www.theyogashala.net Utrecht, Netherlands Yoga Moves/ Oct. 8 & 9 http://www.yogamoves.nl Berlin, Germany Spirit Yoga/ Oct. 10 & 11 Home Munich, Germany Air Yoga/ Oct. 16-18 http://www.airyoga.com/ Zurich, Switzerland Air Yoga/ Oct. 23-25 http://www.airyoga.com/ For updates visit, maxstrom.com

No two paths are the same

“Only the ignorant try to imitate the behavior of others. Intelligent men do not waste their time like that; they develop their own abilities; they know that in a forest of a hundred thousand trees, no two leaves are the same, just as no two journeys along the same Path are the same.”

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Addiction, Recovery and Yoga, An Online Documentary Film

“Addiction, Recovery, and Yoga” offers an educational and compassionate look into the struggles and triumphs one goes through on the road to recovery from all forms of addiction. This is a feature documentary on how people, with serious addiction problems, have used yoga as part of their recovery in 12 step programs, to a new life of health and emotional stability.

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The Key Muscles of Hatha Yoga

I am brimming with excitement and anticipation. I just ordered my very own copy of The Key Muscles of Hatha Yoga by Ray Long MD. It is required reading for Segment 4 of my Yoga Teacher Training with Max Strom and Jamie Elmer, which is coming up in September. This book is amazing! It contains… Continue reading The Key Muscles of Hatha Yoga

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July Pose of the Month: Parsva Konasana, Extended Side Angle Pose

This month we are studying Parsva Konasana (Side-Angle Pose).  This pose is an intriguing one.  It is big and powerful yet one of the cooling, standing poses (a fact that eluded me for the first 15 years of my practice!) Here are some ideas for studying the pose.   Please share if you have other ideas:… Continue reading July Pose of the Month: Parsva Konasana, Extended Side Angle Pose

Manifesting: Through Yoga, Surrender with Gratitude to the Present

Marya in standing forward fold

How can we cultivate this faith? As I mentioned in my previous posts, we can use yoga to help us change our energy. Even when we are afraid and using control to “hold it together”, yoga can help us relax and cultivate the surrender we need. Forward folds will help us. Forward folds are about the present, letting go of resistance to open ourselves up to the present we have right now.

Thanks for the yoga haiku submissions

Thanks to everyone for entering our June contest: Write a yoga haiku. We received 14 wonderfully creative entries. Stay tuned for the winner – we’ll announce it tomorrow.

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