Richard Rosen’s Asana Breakdown No. 8: Virabhadrasana 1

VĪRABHADRĀSANA I (veer-ah-bah-DRAHS-anna) vīra = a brave or eminent person, hero, chief bhadra = blessed, auspicious, fortunate, prosperous, happy; good, gracious, friendly, kind; excellent, fair, beautiful, lovely, pleasant, dear; skillful in; great VIRABHADRA’S POSE, FIRST VARIATION aka Warrior Pose I There are three related Virabhadrasana poses (VB hereafter), numbered 1, 2, and 3 (or I, […]


Nature, My Love by Leila Swenson

  “I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.” ~John Muir Has this ever happened to you? …Maybe while you were walking on the beach… or through the Redwoods… or in the Marin headlands… that you felt a deep […]


Richard Rosen’s Asana Breakdown No. 7: Virabhadrasana 2

  VĪRABHADRĀSANA 2 (veera-bah-DRAS-anna) vira = brave person, hero bhadra = blessed, auspicious, prosperous, happy, etc. Popularly known as Warrior Pose, 2nd variation (abbreviated below as V2) Although he was certainly war-like, I’m not sure that “Warrior” describes Virabhadra accurately; rather, he was a monstrous emanation of the deity Shiva, the patron saint of Hatha […]


As Winter Approaches by Sara Kreowski

In the northern hemisphere, we’ve moved into winter. Plants are dormant, animals are in hibernation, lakes and rivers are freezing over. Yet, we feel the need to rush around. The temptation to live outside of ourselves is strong. Our ego is gluttonous, feasting on expectation, judgment, and comparison. As we are pulled in all directions, […]



TADASANA (tah-DAH-suh-nuh) tāda = mountain (PRONUNCIATION NOTE: the “d” in this word is what’s called a retroflex. If it were properly transliterated from Sanskrit to Roman characters, it would have a small under-dot [the word processor used for this column can’t create that]. It’s not possible to describe in words what the “d” should sound […]


Richard Rosen’s Asana Breakdown No.2: Chaturanga Dandasana

CHATURANGA DANDASANA (chah-tur-ANG-ah dun-DAHS-anna)   chaturanga = four limbs (chatur = four; anga = limb) (SPELLING NOTE: The Sanskrit “c” is pronounced like the “ch” in “church.” Properly then, “chatur” should be spelled “catur.” The “h” has been added to make the pronunciation easier for non-Sanskritists). danda = staff (refers to the spine, the central “staff” […]


The Abundance of Summer

Summer is almost here and on the solstice, the sun appears to “pause” in the sky when it reaches its northernmost point on June 21st. Throughout time, this day has been marked as the longest span of daylight and is celebrated in many cultures. This is a great time to take advantage of the beautiful […]


Book Review by Richard Rosen

THE ROOTS OF YOGA | Reviewed by Richard Rosen Translated and edited by James Mallinson and Mark Singleton (Penguin Classics, 2017), 590 pages. It’s quite appropriate that this book is published by “Penguin Classics,” because that’s exactly what it’s destined to become, a classic, essential reading for serious students of whatever school or stripe. The […]


Traveling to True Potential Creative

Traveling to True Potential Creative The True Creative…is actually a “journey.” When people inquire, ‘so how long does it take to create a painting?’ I feel they are doing so with time in mind — as in how long does it take to fly from Laguna Beach to Brussels? Perhaps they imagine clocking up hours […]