Feathered Pipe Archive

Fatigue Relief: Bolsters, Blankets, Blocks & Belts – Marla Apt

Too tired. For many it’s the default response to every request—even the fun ones. Some of the walking weary are simply too overworked or overstressed to get adequate rest, while others may feel drained by a physical ailment, a psychological condition, or the side effects of medication. Whatever the cause, all can benefit from the respite that a restorative yoga practice provides. READ MORE

Learning to Surrender with Forward Bends – Gernot Huber

In many yoga traditions, a typical asana class winds down with forward bends and twists, because both types of poses are calming. In other words, both categories of poses tend to support the down-regulation of the autonomic nervous system that helps ease the mind and body into the full relaxation of Savasana. READ MORE

Pranayama: The Intersection Between Body, Breath & Mind – Gernot Huber

How can performing pranayama with an emphasis on control contribute to such mental conditions as anxiety? The explanation is that the breath lies at the intersection of body, conscious mind, and unconscious mind, and thus has a direct effect on all three. READ MORE

Iyengar Yoga: Meditation in Action – Marla Apt

Marla Apt shares how she came to Iyengar yoga, her efforts to bring the benefits of therapeutic yoga to the greater public sphere, and why she returns to the Feathered Pipe year after year.  READ MORE

Keeping Your Shoulders Safe in Yoga Practice – Gernot Huber

A greater range of motion is always accompanied by reduced stability, and the incredible range of motion of the arm relative to the trunk means that shoulder injuries are quite common. However, they are not inevitable, and understanding the anatomy of the shoulder girdle can help you understand how to avoid these injuries. READ MORE

Hope’s Greatest Gift – Feathered Pipe Foundation

Truly this summer was magical! I am in awe of how vital and at peace the Ranch fells, how resilient and strong, and maybe even how nourished the land and nature that surrounds seems after such a high energy summer season of activity. READ MORE

Cable Cars to India: The Bay Area’s East-West Transmission – Philip Goldberg

Swami Vivekananda, the first Asian emissary to break through a religious landscape dominated by Protestants, visited the Bay Area in 1900. This was seven years after he famously stole the show at the World’s Parliament of Religions in Chicago, a time when most Americans hadn’t even met a Catholic or a Jew. READ MORE

Minding and Mending Minds: Tenets of Intention – Anne Jablonski

This past summer, I had the privilege of time at the Feathered Pipe “Mindful Unplug Experience,” a program I helped to co-create but that only succeeded because of the hard work not just of fellow guides for the week, but because we were blessed with a spectacular group of people. READ MORE

Beyond Barriers: An Interview with Lanita Varshell & Diane Ambrosini

Lanita, founder of Meditation in Movement Style Yoga®, is known for her yoga therapy work with people dealing with deep stress, chronic pain, and weight challenges. Diane is both a movement science specialist and (like Lanita) a master yoga teacher, and is author of “Instructing Hatha Yoga,” a best-selling book that includes safe modifications for classical asanas. READ MORE

The True Power of Perfect Intensity – Gernot Huber

How do you know whether you are working too hard or not hard enough in yoga? How much should you push yourself when practicing yoga? What is the difference between intensity and pain? Most people who practice yoga have experienced creating too much intensity, or pushing past their edge, as many teachers call it. But how do you learn how far is just right, and why does it matter? READ MORE

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