Meet Our 16 Yoga Journal Cover Semifinalists | Yogis You Should Know

One of my yoga friends could be on the cover of Yoga Journal and is profiled on their website. I met Julie at a workshop given by Amy Ippoliti. After that, I connected her with a dear friend who lived near where she did, and they practiced together for some time.

I recently committed myself to taking the steps to teach yoga full time. To be on the cover of Yoga Journal would throw that plan into full throttle. It would mean a whole new level of responsibility to my students, my practice, my dream. It would mean truly putting myself out there. And it’s scary. But isn’t that a huge part of our yoga? To push up against our edges so that we can expand, and thrive, and shine.

Community is one of the hidden rewards of yoga. It’s a way to form firm fast bonds with diverse people who choose interesting paths. I’m so glad to count Julie among my friends, even if she now lives far away.

Source: Meet Our 16 Yoga Journal Cover Semifinalists | Yogis You Should Know

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Updates

While I had been on hiatus from regular yoga teaching since the second of two shoulder injuries, I have been back in the studio subbing for a bit. Those of you who subscribe to my newsletter or follow me on Facebook have been alerted to these opportunities. I expect more of these opportunities as the summer wears on, what with vacations and such. Be sure to sign up for my mailing list below.

Recovery from my most recent shoulder surgery is going well. I have full range of motion, and I am working on strengthening three of the four rotator cuff muscles. It’s important to me to maintain a regular yoga practice if I am to teach yoga at all, so this recovery has been related to my teaching. I’m not attempting inversions or arm balances, but I am bearing weight in poses as my strength and endurance allow. I am pretty satisfied with the pace of my recovery, but also longing for the return of full capacity. Both of these inspire me to work hard in my physical therapy, personal practice, and public classes.

See you out there!

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3 Poses for Neck and Shoulder Pain | Yoga International

Purvottanāsana prep

As many of you know, I sustained a shoulder injury in a fall on campus where I teach. This revealed an earlier shoulder injury. I am an admirer of Doug Keller’s work on yoga anatomy and philosophy. I recommend this article to you for good shoulder health in your personal practice.

Neck and shoulder pain is epidemic in our Web-surfing society, and the typical yoga practice may not cure it. Here are three easy poses to keep you pain-free.

via 3 Poses for Neck and Shoulder Pain | Yoga International.

Staff Pose: Dandasana Seated Yoga Poses

Dandāsana (staff pose)

This is the pose in which I landed when I slipped on snow and fell on Monday, February 3. A trip to the ER kept me from teaching class at Sangha Yoga Collective that night. I am happy to report nothing broken. I will need to rehabilitate my right shoulder some: my laptop bag had driven my right arm into the shoulder socket, causing some pain, weakness and limited range of motion. But this will not keep me from teaching my regularly scheduled classes, or the Free/By Donation Community Class on Sunday, February 16. I hope to see you then, and/or at my regularly scheduled class!

Staff Pose is a basic and simple stabilizing pose that is the foundation for all seated asanas and has several benefits:

via Staff Pose: Dandasana Seated Yoga Poses.

Fall Open House at Sangha Yoga Collective in Lowell, MA

Autumn trees

I’ll be offering some free yoga at Sangha Yoga Collective’s Fall Open House on Sunday. Come join us!

fall open house
sunday, september 15
11:00 – 5:00pm

come meet our teachers and learn about all we have to offer……

  • enjoy some refreshments and FREE yoga & meditation classes all day
  • special pricing on our collective card ~ just $100 for 10 classes
  •  special pricing on our upcoming sessions of classes

schedule of free classes

11:30am – 12:00pm     all-levels ashtanga w/ isla glaister

12:15pm – 12:45pm     slow flow yoga  w/ linda moran

1:00pm –  1:30 pm     all-levels kripalu w/ marie marchand

1:45pm –  2:15pm     TBA

2:30pm –  3:00pm    aligned flow yoga w/ richard hudak

3:15pm –  3:45pm     introduction to meditation w/ lisa tiernan

4:00pm –  4:30pm     restorative flow yoga  w/ lena yakubowski

via holiday open house.

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