Feathered Pipe Archive

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

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

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

The Principles and Practice of Yoga Nidra – Richard Miller, PhD

Yoga Nidra is derived from the ancient Tantric Shastras, and forms a complete program of deep relaxation, intensive Self-inquiry and profound meditation. During Yoga Nidra we carefully and systematically investigate the nature of the structures and beliefs that define our personal identity. READ MORE

Serenity of Full Awareness: Q&A with Gernot Huber

Gernot shares his thoughts on moving away from a strict goal-oriented practice, the importance of asking questions and using yoga to disrupt the body’s stress response. Gernot will be leading a retreat—Serenity of Full Awareness—at Feathered Pipe Ranch from August 25 to September 1. READ MORE

Santosha: Living in Gratitude – Lanita Varshell

Santosha is not an emotion, but rather a state of consciousness. It is the ability to remain in the present moment, experiencing the happiness that can be found there, instead of the judgment that you might have once felt when you were so critical of yourself and others. READ MORE

Moving from Attention to Awareness – Gernot Huber

Our minds have the tendency to be overly reactive, to zero in on what appears to be the most pressing thing at any given moment, to the exclusion of everything else...But to live mindfully, it is best to minimize this tendency, because being attention-driven and overly reactive keeps us in a state of perpetual low-level stress, always mindlessly reacting to the strongest stimulus. READ MORE

Made for These (Crazy) Times: A Mindful Unplug Break – Anne Jablonski

The undisputed pioneer in bringing the principles of mindfulness to a broad audience, Jon Kabat-Zinn said, “You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.” In the broadest terms, that’s what this Mindful Unplug Experience week we’ve put together is about: learning to surf. READ MORE

Minimum and Maximum Edges – Gernot Huber

You have probably heard a yoga teacher say something like “come to your edge, but don’t overstep it”. 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. READ MORE

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