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YOGA PRACTICE AT HOME? 3 WAYS THAT WORK TO KEEP IT UP

I’ve previously written about how to build a home yoga practice, giving the hints and tips that helped me in setting it up (read it here: 7 ways to make your yoga practice at home easier). Nonetheless, there are times … Continue reading

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WHAT’S THE POINT OF CHANTING OM?

Whenever you are starting or ending your yoga session, most likely you will chant at least one Om. And if you are a traditional ashtangi, than you will definitely chant Om to open and close mantras both at the beginning … Continue reading

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BACK TO THE PATH OF ACTION

“To attain the purpose of life, it is necessary to do one’s duty, whether one lives in the world or outside it. The path of renunciation and the path of action, though 2 diverse ways, are equally helpful for attaining … Continue reading

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WHO ARE YOU? A VEDANTA APPROACH TO THE SELF

One day a boy of about 8 years old was wandering through the Himalayas when he met an old sage. ‘Who are you?’ he asked the boy. The little boy was Sri Shankaracharya, who according to the tradition mastered the … Continue reading

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NANCY GILGOFF AND… ASHTANGA YOGA AS IT WAS

Lately I’ve been thinking and writing about learning and teaching Ashtanga yoga in the traditional way (adding one posture at a time, moving on the sequence overtime, as taught in Mysore tradition) versus the more unconventional way as taught at … Continue reading

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PRANAYAMA YES OR PRANAYAMA NOT?

In the Ashtanga Yoga world the discussion about Pranayama is almost as big as the one on Adjustments: pranayama yes or pranayama not? And if yes, when? On the path of yoga you may have encountered 2 different approaches: “do … Continue reading

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FEARS IN YOGA – HOW TO OVERCOME THEM

Have you ever been on the yoga mat and felt fear? Fear of falling down, of injuring yourself in a specific posture, of dropping back? Well, I have… And as you progress in your asana practice, you will probably face … Continue reading

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STIFF? HERE HOW TO STILL HAVE A GREAT YOGA PRACTICE

Is this one of those days when you get off the bed and you realize your body is not responding and you know already you will have a tough time on the yoga mat? Or is it one of those … Continue reading

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WHY YOGA IS ALL ABOUT LETTING GO

This week has been my worst as well as my best week since I started the Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training at Tattva Yogashala. Why? On Wednesday, as the afternoon was passing by, I started feeling weird, small things getting on … Continue reading

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ALL YOU SHOULD KNOW BEFORE TAKING AN ASHTANGA YOGA TEACHER TRAINING AT TATTVAA YOGASHALA

October 13, 2013 – Sunday, such a welcomed day! This is my very first day off from the Ashtanga Yoga Teaching Training Course since started on Friday, October 4th. After 7 days of asana practices in a row, the alarm … Continue reading

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5 WAYS TO CREATE TIME FOR YOUR YOGA PRACTICE

Did you try that yoga class and would love to continue, though your day is already sooooo busy? Or do you have already a daily asana yoga practice and would love to add chanting, meditation, studying of yoga philosophy or … Continue reading

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TEACHING YOGA: AS EASY AS IT SEEMS?

Here I am lying down on the couch, legs up and feeling drained 😦 Who knows me personally also knows that I’ve always been bursting with energy. Than, what’s happened? For the last couple of months I’ve been on an … Continue reading

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TIM MILLER: WHO IS THE REAL YOGA TEACHER?

Earlier this week I wrote about teaching yoga (Is it a job or more than that?) and a very interesting discussion on the role of the teacher followed with friends. Today I was reading Tim Miller’s blog – Tuesdays with … Continue reading

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TEACHING YOGA: IS IT A JOB OR MORE THAN THAT?

Monday evening, on my way to teach an ashtanga yoga class. I cross into a friend, we just exchange a few words as I am on the run… I love getting to the studioes I teach well ahead of time, … Continue reading

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RICHARD FREEMAN ON AN ABBREVIATED PRACTICE

Earlier this week I wrote about ‘what to do on those days when practicing yoga seems the hardest thing‘. And today I run into an ‘ask the expert’ question answered by the well-well-known ashtanga yoga teacher Richard Freeman. Question is: … Continue reading

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WHAT TO DO ON THOSE DAYS WHEN PRACTISING YOGA SEEMS THE HARDEST THING?

Do you have those days when, just waking up, the only idea of doing your asana yoga practice seems like a huge effort? Is it because you’re been working a lot, partying a lot or for reasons you even don’t … Continue reading

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YOGA: ADJUSTMENTS NOT OR ADJUSTMENTS YES?

Adjustments not, adjustments yes… a never ending discussion in the Ashtanga Yoga world and beyond! In my years of practice with different teachers I’ve been to both extremes… rarely in the middle way (at least what I consider the middle … Continue reading

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MIRACLES A CASTOR OIL BATH CAN MAKE TO YOU

If you knew that a castor oil bath releases all sorts of tensions in your body, relaxes the muscles and mind, works in disgregating scar tissue, helps in recovering from body pains, cools you down, makes you more flexible and … Continue reading

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‘IMAGES OF YOGA, INSTANTS OF LIFE’… WITH GRATITUDE!

One week is already over since the vernissage of my first yoga photography exhibition – titled ‘Images of Yoga, Instants of Life’ – took place and… … thank you Alessandra di Prampero, for making all that possible. You had the … Continue reading

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2 PASSIONS, 1 LOVE – THANK YOU YOGA JOURNAL!

That’s what happens when 2 passions become 1 love. Yoga + Photography = Yogascapes! Yoga Journal Italy this month features a photo by myself on the cover as well as a full article re: my yogascaping in Mysore, India. Enjoy! … Continue reading

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7 WAYS TO MAKE YOUR YOGA PRACTICE AT HOME EASIER

To build up a self-practice at home seems to be a very tough attempt for most yoga practitioners. How come? In my own experience, it used to be a challenge to get out of bad early in the morning and … Continue reading

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REFLECTIONS ON IMPERMANENCE

Monday, December 31st… last day of 2012! Was it a good year? Or was it not? Is it so difficult to say? As far as I’m concerned, I do know – mentally – that 2012 was a very good year: … Continue reading

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THE 3D OF ASHTANGA YOGA: DEDICATION, DETERMINATION & DEVOTION

However comes to Mysore to practice Ashtanga Yoga in the tradition of Shri K. Pattabhi Jois gets rather quickly accustomed to the ‘3D of Yoga’ to which Sharath, in the first instance, and Lakshmish (shala sanskrit teacher), as a consequence, … Continue reading

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