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Megan Bowles in Prasarita Padottanasana II

Even though it is almost 90 degrees where I live in central Virginia, we have now officially transitioned into early Fall. If you cannot yet feel it in the temperature, you can see it in the colors of everything around you. What was lush and green a few weeks ago has started to turn yellow. Aptly, this is the color of this time of year, the color of the stomach and spleen meridians, our digestive organs, the Earth Element. 



Personally, this is one of my favorite times of year. It could have something to do with the fact that I am a Virgo and so I feel quite at home between the end of August and early September. And it definitely has something to do with the sense of groundedness that comes with Earth Element. 



This is the season of the harvest, the gathering in of all that has been produced the rest of the year. It is a time of year correlated with nourishment and abundance. The energy of earth is that of rich, ripe stillness. This season can be a time of great fulfillment, if we have planted our seeds well. On the other hand, if we have not put...

posted: 1 month 3 weeks ago
posted: 9/19/17
Does this heat make it feel as if the summer could go on forever?  As we start the month of August, we are entering into the late summer period, the fifth season, recognized in traditional Indian and Chinese medicine. BUT before we get ahead of ourselves, I wanted to share some final insights from the end of the summer season. As we mentioned last month, the element associated with summer is fire, which shows up in the external environment, but internally as well.The fire element is associated with the heart and small intestine meridians. On an energetic level the heart is the seat of...
International Day of Yoga
posted: 7/25/17
It's Officially Summer! AND the International Day of Yoga! In honor of these two special events, we are offering some sequences for you to enjoy on International Yoga Day, as well as a discount in our download store from today until the end of June!Summer is the hottest season of the year. This is evident, not only in the external temperatures. (We are on track for another record-breaking year of extremely high temperatures!) But it can also be evident in our internal environment. Heat can show up as inflammation in our joints, muscles, skin and internal organs. It can also show up as...
Florence Ferebee Pope, Pilot
posted: 5/16/17
I made it through another Mother’s Day, but this year was different.  I have been inspired by women around the world who are sharing about their struggles with Mother’s Day; mothers who have lost children, women who have lost mothers and women who are not able to be mothers. Mother’s day has always been difficult for me, since I lost my mother, tragically, 28 years ago, just months before my thirteenth birthday. Once I recovered from the shock of the loss, which actually took about 5 years, I finally started to grieve. That grief, for me, has taken the better part of...
Sara Agelasto in Upavistha Konasana
posted: 5/10/17
Happy Spring!Although it has been a turbulent winter and we can still expect some cold and rainy days ahead, Spring finally feels like it is on its way. We are, however, reminded that according to Ayurveda, there are actually 6 seasons. Surrounding our seasons are transitional seasons which are usually marked by wind and rain. So stay alert!The change of seasons is the ideal time for cleansing the body. Since Spring is the time of the Liver/Gallbladder in Traditional Chinese Medicine, you may consider some cleansing practices with these organs in mind. The liver is often overworked and...
Sara Agelasto
posted: 3/17/17
Dear Friends, It has been an exhausting couple of weeks here in the United States. In addition to everything we normally have going on in our lives, we are being tormented by misinformation, lies and deceit in the executive office of our government. It is hard to keep up with it all and this is leading to frustration, hopelessness and overwhelm. What can we do? I mentioned in our last newsletter that the ancient yogis suggest following one or all of the paths towards self-realization through study, selfless service and devotion to a higher power. It is most important that we stay...
Lois Steinberg, PhD
posted: 3/16/17
"In his search he discovers the three noble ways of word (jnana), work (karma), and worship (bhakti), which teach him that his inner light is the only guide leading to mastery over his own life.” - BKS Iyengar, Light on PranayamaOn the days following the inauguration of the 45th president of the United States, we cannot help but reflect on what it is that we can do to be of maximum service. We believe that many of us who practice yoga, do so, not only for the sensations we experience in our physical bodies, but also for the relief we find during times of grief, fear, overwhelm and...
Pranyama for the Lungs
posted: 1/23/17
"The Three Months of Fall are called the period of tranquility of one's conduct... The mysterious powers of Fall create dryness in Heaven and they create metal upon the Earth."At the end of October and for some of us not until November, we transitioned from the late summer energy of early Fall into the true Fall Energy of Metal or the quality most closely associated with the Ayurvedic element of Air. Air and Metal energies concern mental and spiritual activities, including the workings of the mind, the intellect and communication.Metal energy is about receiving and letting go....
posted: 1/23/17
Are we finally on the downswing from the peak of a very firey and fiesty summer heat wave? As tensions and frustrations flair, we are truly called upon to utilize our yoga practice to cool us down. Two of the primary ways you choose to counterbalance the heat depend on your personal temperament. You can sit calmly and quietly, practicing slow deep breathing or pranayamas specific to cooling you down, like Sitali (sheet - ah - lee) pranayama or practice a quieting asana practice focused on forward bends and other cooling poses. The alternative is to get active, move and raise your internal...
Mother Earth Goddess
posted: 1/23/17
Happy Autumn, Dear One!We just transitioned through the late summer, the fifth season, not typically recognized in our western culture, but late August and early September are integral in Yoga's sister science, Ayurveda, and in Traditional Chinese Medicine. During the transitional seasons, we are asked to be particularly conscious of our well being as this can be a time when our defenses are low and dis-ease can creep in.In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the six weeks or so after the peak of the summer season and the official start of fall are characterized by the Earth Element. Late...
Cora Wen in Pascimottanasana
posted: 8/8/13
Where Did the Summer Go!?In addition to enjoying some delicious time outside connecting with nature (VITALLY IMPORTANT!) we have spent the heat of the day inside, adding hundreds of new downloads to our NEW download store ( Kino MacGregor, Cora Wen, Elise Miller, David Garrigues, & Andrey Lappa, to name a few). We have updated hundreds of yoga studios in our yoga studio index. We have added new poses to our yogi-sourced asana index and curated dozens of teacher galleries. We have a VERY complex website and have spent the summer putting all of pieces together on the quilt that is our...
 

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