Feathered Pipe Blogs

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

Why We Need Gentle Yoga – Lanita Varshell

A beautiful larger woman, somewhere in her 50's, walked into my center today with her friend. I could tell that she was apprehensive walking in the door, but when she saw me, a well-rounded 50+ year-young teacher and the Studio owner, she relaxed a little. The story she told me is similar what I have heard from hundreds of women in the last 15 years... 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

Emulating the Qualities of Water – Shannon Stephens

Water can take on many forms. It’s a powerful force that exhibits its strength in ocean tides, rapids, and waterfalls. Sometimes it’s totally still; so undisturbed that its surface perfectly mirrors the world above it. It flows into crevasses, pours into canyons, and drips into caverns. It’s dark and mysterious, reaching to depths we cannot go. READ MORE

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

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

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