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Pose of the Month: Ustrasana

by Michele Vinbury

Ustrasana, or Camel Pose, serves to stretch and open the front of the body (throat, chest, abdomen, hip flexors, ankles) while extending and strengthening the back of the body. Ustrasana is also a go-to for relieving fatigue and can be a great alternative to Urdhva Danurasana for those with tight or injured shoulders. As a heart opener, we thought it particularly fun to look at during the Valentine’s season. Read More…

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Radical Self Acceptance

Yoga on High in FEBRUARY, Love Yoga, Love You!

by Marcia Miller

Right after I received the following quote I was asked to write a blog about one of the values we have listed in our Yoga on High mission statement, radical self acceptance. This value has become one of the most important markers for me of whether my spiritual practices are working, and what I most want to offer to my family, friends and students.  This quote was transcribed by Janine Harris  Degitz from a talk given last November by our teacher, Robert Gonzales.

 

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Understanding Your Dosha

by Jessica Hunt

Ayurveda is a word in the Sanskrit language that translates to the science, or wisdom, of life. It is a consciousness based approach to healthcare helping to maintain balance and preserve health.

In Ayurveda, everything in the physical world is comprised of five elemental building blocks known as space, air, fire, water, and earth. Everything that exists in the external environment has its counterpart within each living being. Therefore, the characteristics of every substance we consume either serves to balance or aggravate the natural qualities of our constitutions. The three dosha types are vata, pitta, and kapha. Many people are not purely one dosha type, but fit predominately into one category and display secondary traits of another making up the body’s constitution.

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Why Big Asana?

Angie Hay

By Angie Hay

I spent the first twenty years of my life not loving myself much at all, and then somebody I loved stopped loving me.  In retaliation, I took up bellydancing.  This wasn’t an act of bravery or courageousness of any kind.  I was grasping at straws.  I went to dance class in oversized overalls covered by a black sweater that hung to my knees.  My dance teacher gently confirmed that she’d be better able to help me if she could see my body moving, but it wasn’t an option at the time.  I was doing the best I could, and the sweater was part of that. Read More…

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Student Spotlight: Heidi Vanderpool

WHY YOGA?
I fell in love with yoga at a time where I was falling in love with holistic medicine. My pathway in life as a Massage Thera­pist and Acupuncturist is complemented deeply by my yoga practice. Yoga is vital to my life in every area. I have found that over the years, when times are rocky or delightful, I can always turn to my mat and create a sacred place to connect with the Divine. Read More…

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Student Spotlight: Rich Burke

WHY YOGA?
I watched and admired a friend practice yoga. It appeared to be not only physical, but also spiritual which really appealed to me. I thought about trying it for sev­eral months, and luckily I found Yoga On High. I begged my way into a full Dynam­ic Hatha for Beginners class with Marcia and have been hooked ever since. Read More…
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