Feathered Pipe Blogs

Align Your Upper Spine for Long-term Health – Gernot Huber

As your awareness of your body grows more subtle, you become more mindful of the shape of your spine, and you may notice that your head is not really where you thought it was, namely balancing on top of your spine. An overly rounded upper back combined with a forward head position is not simply an aesthetic issue, and it is no longer something only affecting older people. READ MORE

Let’s Keep Feathered Pipe Thriving Together

Sitting here at the Ranch, a haven for birds, deer, rabbits, all the humming insects, the shimmering aspens, the fish in the pond, I am moved and inspired by the intense interaction with nature that draws people here and nourishes them so deeply. I also feel the breadth and strength of the Feathered Pipe community. READ MORE

Rediscovering Balance & Joy: Reflections from J. Brown’s Retreat at Feathered Pipe Ranch – Andy Vantrease

“Having come with a fair amount of distress, I felt really held by the entire group, by the retreat space, by the incredibly nourishing meals and by J.’s philosophy of breathing and moving to get us into our lives, not doing so to escape them. It was just all so beautifully woven together.” READ MORE

Use of Props for Therapeutic Healing in Iyengar Yoga – Marla Apt

According to Patañjali’s definition, all practitioners of yoga are undergoing a form of therapy, whether it is for a spiritual ailment, a mental misapprehension or a physical illness. In the practice of Iyengar yoga, the therapeutic and meditative benefits are derived through a progressive system involving the sequencing of the asanas (poses) and pranayama (yogic practice involving breath control), attention to... READ MORE

Bringing Balance to Life

Do you remember when you were first learning to ride a bicycle? You take your seat and struggle to find your center of gravity and pedal and steer at the same time. It all seems like so much to figure out. And then one fine day you’re wobbling a little less, a little less, and then it all comes together – and you feel what it is to move and be in balance on two wheels. READ MORE

What is Bhakti? Nurturing Our Divine Connection – Nat Kendall

For years now, I’ve been trying to find a way to express what the practice of Bhakti means to me. I wish it was just a simple sentence that we could wrap a bow around and say “this is Bhakti.” But it’s not that easy, so we start here and look at it’s beginning. READ MORE

True Confessions: My Yoga Story – Baxter Bell, MD

Baxter fell in love with yoga in 1993 while he was working full-time as a family physician. Now he focuses on teaching yoga full time, both to ordinary students of all ages and physical conditions, and to the next generation of yoga teachers, to whom he teaches anatomy and yoga therapy along with his accessible, skillful style of yoga. READ MORE

All These Years Together – Judith Hanson Lasater

Anyone who has heard about the Feathered Pipe Ranch has heard about what a special place it is. I loved it from the first time I taught there, in 1975. In those days Montana was a lot more “exotic.” And a “yoga workshop” was just plain weird. READ MORE

Laughing Water – India Supera

Laughing Water, who was still known at the time as Paul Superak, was originally brought to the Ranch by Judith and Ike Lasater as LW and she had been roommates in college. He came as the cook for the first real workshop in 1975, which featured Judith Lasater, Gisele Fitch, and Felicity Hall who is now known as Felicity Green. READ MORE

Pure Gold: Heidi Goldman & Tom Ryan – India Supera

In my whole life I never saw anyone as skilled as Tom. Still my gold standard. He was older and had done everything from serving in the US Navy to cutting hair. With Tom’s arrival we had almost all the talent to make the ranch work. I have no idea why everyone who came was willing to take on such a difficult assignment as working at the ranch. But we have always said that only the craziest among us stayed on. READ MORE

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