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Introducing Trikonasana

Trikonasana (Triangle Pose) is a basic standing pose, and the third pose pictured in B.K.S. Iyengar's Light on Yoga, after Tadasana (Mountain Pose) and Vrksasana (Tree Pose). In Iyengar Yoga, standing poses form the basis for asana practice. These poses must be learned first because they have important skills to teach us which come in handy later in our practice. Senior Iyengar Yoga teacher Patricia Walden describes standing poses as "money in the bank" for more intermediate and advanced poses. Of course, standing poses can help teach the other families of poses as well: forward extensions, lateral extensions, inversions, and backward extensions. Asanas are usually linked to one another to f

Yoga del Pacifico

Nestled between the Sierra Madra Mountains and the Pacific Ocean lies Troncones, a seaside village with a population of 500 permanent residents, which has maintained an unspoiled sense of isolation and old-world charm. Its beach and nearby Sierra Madres abound in ecological treasures which can be accessed by hiking, horseback or kayak. Eco-tours are available with native guides eager to educate those who want to experience a place in Mexico where nature reigns and peace is the pace of life. Troncones is the setting for Yoga del Pacifico, High Desert Yoga's Mexico home-away-from-home. The dream child of HDY founder Zoreh Afsarzadeh and her husband Charlie, Yoga del Pacifico's architecture w

Refine your Practice: Tadasana, Urdhva Hastasana & Savasana

Tadasana, the Mountain Pose, is the primary standing pose. Tadasana is neutral, meaning it has no particular bias and is neither energizing nor relaxing, heating nor cooling. Tadasana teaches not only structural alignment but also the subtle internal actions that are expressed in almost every other asana. Spend time to learn tadasana well as it will be the reference model for the rest of your practice. Urdhva hastasana, upward hands pose, adds the upward extension of the arms to tadasana. This action of the arms can create an effect of unloading the ribcage from the pelvis, thus giving more length to the torso and space for the organs and breath, especially in the upper lungs. Savasana, the

Diversity & Inclusion in Yoga

If you’re reading this, you’ve probably had a direct experience of how powerfully healing, uplifting, and transformative yoga practice can be. Truly, this is a practice that should be available to everyone. However, for many reasons, there are very real but invisible barriers that prevent many folks from ever making it to the yoga studio, not to mention coming back regularly. Diversity and inclusion is a hot topic in the greater yoga and meditation world these days. However, a lot of the ways people approach that issue, such as scholarships, simply try to bring people who are marginalized into the space, which often requires people to code-switch (assimilate into the dominant culture represe

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