Ashtanga and Menopause

Of the many complexities of female-ness in modern culture, menopause is unique. While it’s a natural process that over half the population experiences, it still retains a sort of medieval silence around it, a kind of cultural conspiracy that it’s not something we talk about as women until we have to face it, and even … Continue reading Ashtanga and Menopause

Here’s one way you can help the Nepal earthquake victims

If you haven’t yet sent money or other assistance to the victims of Saturday’s horrific earthquake in Nepal, here’s you chance. (It’s even you chance if you have.) It comes via our friends at Namarupa and the Broome St. Temple: We have received an urgent request from our friends at http://www.wavesforwater.org/project/nepalreliefinitiative for help. Waves for Water works … Continue reading Here’s one way you can help the Nepal earthquake victims

Another scientific study suggests benefits from part of Ashtanga practice

It’s true that it’s us who are tying some scientific findings to Ashtanga — the strains of working out six days a week proved popular, but we’ve also pondered if yoga just isn’t strenuous enough and highlighted the benefits of our semi-regimented diet — but we do so because there always seems an obvious link, but … Continue reading Another scientific study suggests benefits from part of Ashtanga practice

Danny Paradise: ‘I consider yoga the science of strength’

After happening upon the video of Danny Paradise last week, I felt compelled to check out his website and see if there’s anything new there. There is. Sort of. I hadn’t checked in a while, so this piece from the German Yoga Journal dates to July 2014. But I haven’t seen it floating around anywhere, … Continue reading Danny Paradise: ‘I consider yoga the science of strength’

How that semi-enforced ‘Ashtanga diet’ might be really good for you

Ever hear of the 5:2 diet? Well, you may be following it, nevertheless. And scientists are now investigating whether, and how, it may be really, really good for you. We found out more at NPR’s food blog, The Salt: But what if the payoff for a 16-hour fast — which might involve skipping dinner, save … Continue reading How that semi-enforced ‘Ashtanga diet’ might be really good for you

How asana practice may help keep you young

We’ve touched on the topic of yoga and aging a few times. (Check the link for a recent comment by our resident “I started Ashtanga after 50” friend. It’s great and right to the point.) Now, we’ll add this spin: Yes, your asana practice may be keeping you young. That’s the findings of a new … Continue reading How asana practice may help keep you young

Maturing, Healing, Ashtanga: An Inspiring Story of Recovery

Last summer, on our pilgrimage with Namarupa, Steve and I were pleased to meet our fellow yatri (“pilgrim”), Karen Cairns. Karen was a true pleasure to travel with, always laughing in spite of the fact that she was clearly struggling with a lot of pain. Karen told us that she needed hip surgery, and although it … Continue reading Maturing, Healing, Ashtanga: An Inspiring Story of Recovery

Eddie Stern and Deepak Chopra unite for One World Yogis

If you can’t get to New York City — and we all can’t — there is a new way you can connect and take classes from Eddie Stern. It’s called One World Yogis, which Eddie is involved in with Deepak Chopra. This is from a HuffPo piece about the endeavor: Eddie also just launched a … Continue reading Eddie Stern and Deepak Chopra unite for One World Yogis