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PARIGHASANA by Richard Rosen

  PARIGHASANA (par-ee-GOSS-ah-nuh) parigha = an iron bar or beam used for locking or shutting a gate. Also (depending on context): a line of cloud crossing the sun at sunrise or sunset; two birds flying on each side of a traveller (regarded as an omen); a virtuous person. This pose is commonly known as the […]


Classes for Everybody by Joann Lyons

  I’m guessing if you’re reading this, you love your yoga class! It’s something you count on and look forward to every week, knowing that you’ll not only learn something about your body or how to nail that perfect pose, but also that you’ll feel so much better after your class and spending time with […]



ASANA BREAKDOWN: VĪRABHADRĀSANA 3 (veera-bah-DRAS-anna) by Richard Rosen vira = brave person, hero bhadra = blessed, auspicious, prosperous, happy, etc. Popularly known as Warrior Pose, 3rd variation (abbreviated below as V3) Virabhadra’s Pose, often called Warrior (variation 3). This pose is usually entered from Virabhadrasana I. Here we’ll move into the pose from a straight […]


The Energy of Paradox by Robert Mooring

  Movement is inexorable, essential. There is no energy without movement. Form cannot differentiate without movement. Without movement we would be stuck in the formless void of the thermodynamic death of the Universe, pretty grim right? Thankfully there is energy and form available to be the contents of our consciousness. This brings me to the […]


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” […]