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Visvamitra: Starting Over

As I walk into the studio at dawn, a sliver of moon is still visible, like a blessing. I’m empty. I ask myself the question I’ve come to associate with Viśvamitra, the question I ask during the Art of Flow yoga teacher training, and in yoga classes whenever I’m teaching Viśvamitrasana as the peak pose. The theme is tapas but…

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Stop That Cue! The Missing Edge

What happens when the language cues in yoga superimpose images that don’t match up to reality? It creates a disconnect between body and concept. Unfortunately, because of our mind-dominant culture, it is usually the concept that wins. The body tries to conform. We are quite adept at conforming to outside influences: look at 4-inch heels, foot-binding and spanxs. Yoga becomes another place where mind rules over body; when actually yoga practice should be the place where the body’s inherent intelligence guides the way forward. But just imagine: what if the process of foot-contact exploration held the potential to open a magic portal …?