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RICHARD ROSEN’S ASANA BREAKDOWN NO. 4: TADASANA

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 […]

 

What Moves Me

I am moved by extraordinary displays of compassion. Some recent examples from this weekend: six hundred-fifty pilot whales lost their way and lay stranded on the beaches of New Zealand. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/feb/12/more-than-330-pilot-whales-die-in-new-zealand-mass-stranding Hundreds of people rushed to help. Some were rescue volunteers trained to work with sea creatures, but most were ordinary people who heard of […]

 

Pregnancy Yoga

Pregnancy doesn’t have to stop your yoga practice. In fact, yoga can be great for you and your child. Consider a recent article for the Huffington Post titled “Pregnancy Yoga Dos and Don’ts.” Jessica Pallay of the Huffington Post writes, “Whether you’ve got a serious yoga habit, or just picked it up once baby was […]

 

Improving Your Bone Health with Yoga

Among yoga’s many benefits is the improvement of bone health. The New York Times explores this in a recent article titled “12 Minutes of Yoga for Bone Health.” Jane E. Brody of the New York Times writes, “No one knows these challenges better than Dr. Loren M. Fishman, a physiatrist at Columbia University who specializes […]

 

Side Bends, Core Strength, and Helping Athletes Bounce Back

Many athletes are embracing yoga as a way to prevent injury. The practice improves flexibility and strengthens muscles that might not get enough work in certain athletes’ respective sports. The Orion explores this in a recent article titled “Men’s basketball team incorporates yoga into practices.” According to the author of the article, quoting one of […]

 

Improving Digestion with Your Yoga Practice

Your yoga practice can have many benefits, including improving your digestion. One pose that is particularly helpful in this endeavor is the extended side angle pose. Doing this as part of your morning routine can be incredibly beneficial to your yoga practice. Consider a recent article for Philly.com titled “8 yoga poses to improve digestion.” […]