Feathered Pipe Archive

Keeping Your Joints Safe: Balancing Muscular and Organic Energy – Gernot Huber

I frequently talk about Inner and Outer Spiral, two of the five main Anusara alignment principles, so this week I want to talk about the other major pair of Anusara alignment principles, Muscular and Organic Energy. Like Inner and Outer Spiral, these two principles are designed to work in tandem to bring you into a place of balance in the middle. READ MORE

Paschimottanasana – Marla Apt

When I first began yoga, I took a class in which the teacher asked us to perform Paschimottanasana. When I pulled my head down to touch my legs, my teacher told me that I had reached the goal of the pose. Even in my sophomoric state as a yoga student, I knew that there had to be more to it. I was reminded of this early class recently when I had the opportunity to study with Geeta Iyengar (B.K.S. Iyengar’s daughter)... READ MORE

Seeing the Divine in All: An Interview with Nat Kendall

Bhakti seems to infuse everything now. I’m devoted to trying to see the miracle that is in front of me at every moment: other beings, plants, the sun, ocean waves...all of it. I'm always trying to see beyond my preferences and stories, to see life as a miracle, even with all its challenges and ups and downs. READ MORE

Freedom Yoga: Freedom Love – Jennifer Willis

Do you remember the first time Erich put on the music and suggested that you just “wait until the inner feeling says go, and then go.”? I do, I was terrified. Now, 15 years later, that’s the heart of my practice and my teaching, and I can’t imagine doing it any other way—for the practice teaches that our truest teacher resides within each of us, and ultimately the human teacher’s job is to help us to birth that insight. READ MORE

The Practice of Welcoming: Interview with Senior iRest®Yoga Nidra Teacher Nöle Giulini

Everything that arises is a messenger, something that wants our attention. If we look away, it will only come back again. We invite people to truly welcome this gift and unwrap it. Take it out of the box--not to heal or fix or understand, but to be with it. People think they have to do something: understand it, figure it out, heal it, transform it. But iRest isn’t about any of that. I always say that with iRest we exchange letting go for letting be. READ MORE

Maintaining Proper Knee Alignment – Gernot Huber

Aligning the knees is an important step in bringing many yoga poses into balanced alignment. Moreover, proper placement of the knees is important to protect these rather delicate weight-bearing joints. Tightness in the hips limits the range of motion of the legs which makes many yoga poses challenging (think lotus pose). READ MORE

Rising Feminine: Love Action – Brooke Medicine Eagle

We are in the time of the Rising Feminine. Male elders from primary traditions around the world have in the past few decades handed the wands of power to females. Those seers among us observe the uplifting energy of NURTURING and RENEWING from where it has been resting deep in the Earth – pushing up before it all energies of a different or contrary nature... READ MORE

A Special Invitation from Jean Bolen: Gods in Every Woman (and Man)

The classical Greek gods are archetypal patterns, not just in men—but in women, as well. They can be integrated as conscious elements in women’s psyches, or be the form taken by her less conscious animus, or become a projection. READ MORE

Envisioning Yoga as a Gift – Gernot Huber

I believe that learning to reduce our tendency to be goal-oriented and ego-focused is one of the most important lessons yoga can teach us, and one way to do just that is to think of our yoga practice not as a personal achievement, but as a gift. READ MORE

Be There For It – Anne Jablonski

"The least we can do is try to be there." That's what Annie Dillard counsels in her 1974 book, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, when it comes to what we do about the fact that “beauty and grace are performed whether or not we will or sense them.” READ MORE

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