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Florence Ferebee Pope, Pilot

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 the last two decades. Thankfully, however, for about the last ten years, I have been deeply committed to healing that pain.

Those first 10 years, I could not see my way through the sadness. The past 10 years I have tried to find a sense of celebration for my mother and truly how much she accomplished in her short 42 years. She graduated from college with a Bachelor’s of Science (like me!) in Biology. She married my super-awesome dad and worked in the Smithsonian’s Butterfly...

posted: 1 week 6 days ago
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....
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...
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...
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...
BKS Iyengar. Still from Sadhaka Film. Jake Clennell
posted: 7/2/13
Cool Down, Chill Out and Help Others! Everything feels as if it bursting at the seems right now. This is appropriate for Summer, the peak season for growth and maturity. Anyone having a hard time sitting still? We are knee-deep in our site upgrade and we are so CLOSE! When things are heating up, turn your thoughts to someone you can help. Show love and compassion for another. Take your attention off of yourself and notice the cooling, calming effect this has on your well-being. One of the reasons we created iHanuman is to Showcase, Share and Support YOU in reaching your goals. Our NEW SITE...
Michell Dorer in Viranchasana
posted: 4/18/13
We REALLY want to know. What do YOU want? April feels like the culmination of a great deal of work on many levels. We have made it through a long, challenging Winter where we spent time downsizing and taking inventory of what is working and what is not. We have made some hard decisions and have let go of what is no longer serving us. With the return of Spring is the Return of Hope. , the spiritual quality of the spring in Traditional Chinese Medicine. We have been inspired by teachings on TCM as well as Patanjali's Yoga Sutras. We will be sharing some clips from our studies over...
Sara Avant Stover
posted: 3/7/13
 "Where women are respected, there god dwells. Where women are disregarded, there all deeds go in vain." - Manusmriti Tomorrow, March 8, is International Women's Day. On this one day we honor the achievements of women around the world. We also recognize the unfathomable violations that women and girls still face to their basic human rights. Please take some time to acknowledge and appreciate the women in your life - mothers, sisters, grandmothers, daughters, yourselves. We would like to offer the opportunity to reflect and participate in a FREE Live Class with iHanuman...
 

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