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Good Yogi, Bad Yogi: drogi, rogi, bogi and yogi

I remember being in the reception area at my Yoga studio in Panama, when a woman came in complaining, demanding that we give her money back immediately. Even though she...

What is Ashtanga Yoga?

The following article is controversial and may not appeal to everyone … but I think it is important to call things by their name.

Some people think Ashtanga Yoga is a modern, athletic style of yoga that links postures with breathing. This is a misunderstanding…

Between Pleasure and Pain

My mother told me that one of the things that made me the most happy when I was a baby was gliding through the house in my walker (which is like giving wheels, speed...

BREATHING AND MEDITATION

What is Ashtanga Yoga?

The following article is controversial and may not appeal to everyone … but I think it is important to call things by their name.

Some people think Ashtanga Yoga is a modern, athletic style of yoga that links postures with breathing. This is a misunderstanding…

Don’t Go to the Surgeon Yet!

They say that the carpenters often see nails everywhere…

And when it comes to your back pain, if you go to a surgeon you are about 28 times more likely to get a surgery than if you had gone to a chiropractor (or perhaps an…

With Back Pain, Should I Exercise or Rest?

(Updated 2017) Often people ask me "if I have back pain, should I exercise?” I would love to tell you that the answer is simple... In principle, if you get my emails...

The Myth of Chakras

Let me be clear: I do not mean to say that chakras don’t exist. But, I can’t be sure, since nobody has been able to “measure” these energy centers in the body. Having...

You’ve been lied to… Over and Over

But brace yourself, this stuff can get quite contentious.

To illustrate, my first example comes from the book “Light on Yoga” by B.K.S. Iyengar (a modern classic on the subject). For Salabhasana (in the picture below) he says, among other things:

Protect Your Knees from ‘Chair Pose’

“Chair Pose” (Utkatasana or Arhda Utkatasana, depending on the teacher), is a pose with many benefits.

But, it also comes with risk, particularly the knees over a long period of time.

Start by viewing the video, which explains modifications that I do while in this pose in order to make it more effective and safe:

Qué es viniyoga?

Mucha gente pregunta "¿Qué estilo de Yoga enseñan en Akila?" La respuesta no es fácil, porque enseñamos más de un solo estilo: cada profesor utiliza herramientas y...

Ramas vs. Estilos de yoga

Aun que puede sonar confuso, es muy similar a como piensas que la ropa está conformada por diferentes partes; es decir, camisas, pantalones, zapatos y también...

Tienes que ser vegetariano si quieres practicar Yoga?

  YS: II:35. ahimsa-pratistayam tat-samnidhau vaira-tyagah Las hostilidades cesan en la presencia de aquellos establecidos en la no violencia. ahimsa = no...

YOGA THERAPY

What Does It Look Like to Have Balanced Joints?

But science shows that most knee problems start at the joints above or below … and this happens not only in the knee, it happens all over the body!

Gray Cook and Michael Boyle, two of the most influential in modern medicine and sports rehabilitation experts describe the impact of adjacent joints in a way that greatly facilitates our understanding. The idea is really simple: If your body is a “chain of joints,” all these require a different degree of stability and flexibility so that the machinery can function effectively.

One Leg is Longer Than the Other!

Measure the length of the legs is not easy! We all have asymmetric bodies In fact, after more than 10 years of teaching thousands of people, I have NEVER found a person...

With Back Pain, Should I Exercise or Rest?

(Updated 2017) Often people ask me "if I have back pain, should I exercise?” I would love to tell you that the answer is simple... In principle, if you get my emails...

MISCELLANEOUS

How Yoga Helps In Your Relationships

As yoga helps you in your relationships Today it is normal that if we do not like or something entertaining from the start, we can change it for something else...