Feathered Pipe Archive

10 Reasons to Make Time for Yin Yoga – Shannon Stephens

Yin is an introspective practice that offers a chance to turn inward and nurture the calm, quiet center that is innate in all of us. It is a practice in stillness, patience, and non-reactivity. Through yin yoga we become adept at self-care. We become better listeners with practice tuning in; we become wiser as we get to know ourselves from the inside out; and we become more curious about the world through the exploration of our own inner worlds. READ MORE

Minimum and Maximum Edges – Gernot Huber

The place that is usually called “the edge” is the point along the stretch continuum beyond which you are in danger of injuring yourself, and beyond which your awareness deteriorates into an obsessive focus on whatever body part is experiencing the greatest intensity. Using yoga teacher Erich Schiffmann’s terminology, I want to refine this concept by calling this place your maximum edge, and talk about another place along the stretch continuum, your minimum edge, which is the place where you first feel a stretch. READ MORE

Do Less, Feel More – Gernot Huber

Do less, feel more. It’s not about the difficulty or impressiveness of the poses you do, nor about how long you can hold them without hating them or collapsing into a heap of muscle spasms. It’s about how deeply you can get your whole being involved in each moment that you spend in each pose that you do. READ MORE

Yin Yoga: Seeking Stillness – Shannon Stephens

With very few postures, long hold times, and little movement, it may appear like yin yoga is a practice for human sloths, but yin offers something that we all need: Stillness. When we are still we can touch on that quiet space within. There’s a sweetness to finding that space. I like to think of it like going home. READ MORE

Our Love’s Labor, Your Gift to Yourself

“If you do a job that you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.” We’re doing jobs we love here at Feathered Pipe and it’s got us mighty busy “not working” to ensure we’re set to welcome you home to the Ranch in 2017. As the East Coast finishes digging out from the latest blizzard, back in Montana our hearts, hands, and days are filled with dreams of and preparation for the arrival of old and new friends alike. READ MORE

Keeping Your Back Safe in Forward Bends – Gernot Huber

Forward bends can be quite problematic for the lower back, because overly rounding (flexing) the back is probably the most common way in which people sustain lower back injuries. While we often don’t know what actually gets injured when we hurt our lower back, one common injury is the bulging or rupture of an intervertebral disc towards the rear and usually slightly to one side when its front edge is compressed too strongly. READ MORE

Ready to Exhale? – Anne Jablonski

There’s rarely a time when it doesn’t make good sense to pause, relax, and breathe space into your life again. But there are uncommon times when the need for a deliberate and focused reset back into tranquility intensifies. It seems that we are in such times. READ MORE

It’s the Journey, Not the Destination – Gernot Huber

Yoga for most of us is a journey towards increased awareness and acceptance of the way things are. But letting go of our future-focused, goal-oriented mindset is a long journey, where we frequently find ourselves, like a mountaineer on a slope of loose rocks, taking two steps forward only to slide back one. READ MORE

Shiva Bala Yogi: Changing the World We See – India Supera

When I first started living at Sai Baba's it was hard! It required discipline. Something I was not used to at all. Even though I had lived in India for a few years, nothing had prepared me for life in Baba's world. There were so many times that I just wanted to give up. I wanted to be an enlightened being — think how crazy a wish like that is! READ MORE

How Tuffy Ananda Are We? – India Supera

Watching events unfold in our world today, I find myself revisiting questions that arose many years ago thanks to the bloodlust of one of my cats. Those questions — is fear embedded in our nature, and do living beings lean toward fear more quickly than we lean toward love? — loom large today, as do questions about protection and safety. READ MORE

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