Feathered Pipe Archive

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

Salamba Sarvangasana – Marla Apt

“The importance of Sarvangasana cannot be over-emphasized” BKS Iyengar writes in Light on Yoga. “It is one of the greatest boons conferred on humanity by our ancient sages. Sarvangasana is the Mother of asanas. As a mother strives for harmony and happiness in the home, so this asana strives for harmony and happiness of the human system.” READ MORE

Shouldering A Burden: Blending Metaphor With Hindsight – Diane Ambrosini

Way back in my Yoga training days, and since, I’ve heard Yoga instructors espouse the notion that any illness or injury we’re presented with in this life should be considered a blessing in disguise. Now, there aren’t many yogic ideals I fully disagree with, but this philosophical notion? I respectfully call BS! READ MORE

What Makes an Asana an Asana? – Gernot Huber

When is a body shape merely a body shape, and what transforms it into an asana? It is the suffusion of the body with the breath, of bringing the quality of the breath to the shape, to the movement, that transforms a shape into an asana, a body movement into the practice of yoga. This is what fundamentally differentiates yoga from exercise, and what gives it the power to integrate mind and body. READ MORE

Beginner’s Mind – Gernot Huber

Do you ever feel like your practice has become routine? Are you convinced you have figured out exactly how you like to practice? Are you now taking poses for granted that you couldn't do a year or two ago? Do you keep obsessing over the same limitations, the same frustrations in your practice? READ MORE

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