Site Updates

So, as you may have noticed, August was something of a wash-out in terns of blog posts. Hopefully it will pick up as we head into September. Here's a tiny update of some new pictures in the Arm Variations category.
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Five Essential Anatomy Books

If you are going to get serious about your yoga practice, it is important to begin to develop your understanding of the body from more than an experiential perspective. It's not necessary to go out and get a degree in gross anatomy and to learn the names of each muscle, each ligament and bone. An understanding of the major muscles involved in a given action will help you visualize the effect you are trying to achieve. Here are five extremely useful resources.

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Advanced Twist and Inversion Practice

Rope Shirshasana
• alternate pose: Supta Baddha Konasana

Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation)
• 2 sets, one simpler, one harder
• 3-5 reps per set

Paripurna Navasana (Full Boat Pose)


Five Essential Yoga Practice Books

I think a lot about writing yoga books. My ambition is to write THE ULTIMATE yoga practice book that is simple yet comprehensive, thorough yet versatile. Of course, such a book can never exist. A book is finite, a snapshot of a summary of knowledge that, in the act of organization, limits the knowledge of the writer. Human experience and expertise is non-linear. The same piece of information can be expressed in a multitude of ways, changing its flavor to suit the context. That ultimate practice book, therefore, can never be written, not by me, not by even the greatest yoga master. There are some pretty great ones out there, however. Here are 5 general texts that I think everyone should have at their disposal.