Entries for month: September 2011

Having trouble fitting your practice into your busy schedule?

Posted Sep 23, 2011
Life is busy, hard work, and it never seems to slow down....at least that's our experience. Kathy spends her time raising young boys, mentoring our daughter in college in NYC, taking care of the home and garden, teaching yoga several times per week, and of course running Ride the Breath. For my part, I have a full time job as a software sales manager with SAS where I travel out of town at least 1 week per month, help to raise the boys, teach yoga classes, etc.

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Is Yoga Supposed to be Fun???

Posted Sep 23, 2011

OK, I’m going to finally take the plunge and write a blog for Ride The Breath. It’s been a topic of discussion for Kathy and I for a while, but alas, life’s busy pursuits have always managed to get in the way. Or, should I just admit that I’ve never made it a priority? We all know the answer to that one.

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In Search of Lightness

Posted Sep 23, 2011

I have often heard proponents of the ashtanga yoga method (teachers and practitioners) say that consistent, dedicated, and mindful practice over a long period of time produces a body-mind that is strong, balanced, flexible and light; and this has indeed been the case for me personally. However, I do believe that the word "light" can be misinterpreted as only referring to a body that is thin with little to no excess weight.

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Pay Attention to the Beginning of the Inhale

Posted Sep 23, 2011

If you're a regular ashtanga yoga practitioner, or studied with Kathy and I for any period of time, then you know that the breathing system is the heart of the practice and our teaching. Non-practitioners have no idea how difficult it really is to achieve smooth, even, and rhythmic ujjayi breathing throughout a 90 minute (or longer) practice. The improvement and refinement of this breathing system is a decades long endeavor, but there is a specific technique which goes a long way toward fixing erratic and labored breathing that we routinely observe in our students.

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The Mind of the Explorer

Posted Sep 23, 2011

Today's post is about mindset, namely, approaching your yoga practice with the "mind of the explorer". As I've said before, at its heart, the path of yoga is a discipline of mindful and consistent Self inquiry. The whole point is to seek and consciously integrate deeper and more refined levels of Self awareness.

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