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Breathing: Some Contraindications

I’m not talking about creating zombies here, dear Readers, I’m talking about some popular ways that have been taught, some for centuries, that just do you no good. You can match up your favorite dogmas with the next paragraph and…
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Fix Your Own Dang SHOULDER

An article in New York Times last week by Jane Brody has prompted me to take up the cudgel once again for fixing one’s own self.  In this case, shoulders can be one of the most aggravating injuries of our…
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“Fixing” yoga injuries of extension

Picture yourself in your yoga class—your yoga class of your choice–-trying to do an extension pose, one that involves a swan dive look. But—you can’t.  What is not working?  The likely stopper: a stuck chest/back, a “barrel chest” that does not…
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The 3rd Eye

There is a deep place within us that observes without judgement, lack, satiation, desire, worry, fear of death, frenzy, need of attainment, all or any attribute(s). That deep place has been given various names throughout history when encountered by humans.…
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Back Stupids: how to hurt yourself

Here’s the stupid: Flatten your back to the floor and pull your knees to your chest. This has been around for a long time.  You may even be paying big bucks to a trainer to do a so-called core exercise…
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Yoga and Rolfing®

Three or four years ago I got an invitation I couldn’t refuse from Joan White, who teaches yoga all over the world in the discipline of B.K.S. Iyengar.  She and I taught a weekend event in Philadelphia for her teacher-trainees.…
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