Neck Free Headstand


Many people who want to perform headstand find that due to neck injury, fear or just plain common sense it really is not for them. Let's face it, the cervical vertebrae are small and evolved to carry the head not the whole body. It is unlikely that someone who has not trained extensively to develop the necessary muscles, flexibility and balance would be able to do Sirsasana safely. Still,, they may want to experience the world completely upside down, feel the blood rushing to their heads, have their digestion eased and maybe they want to meditate on the nectar of the moon at the base of the brain dripping into the fire of the sun in their bellies. Whatever the motivation doing headstand safely and comfortably is the goal.

The set up in this video is a great way to safely approach this classic posture. Of special note in the video are the two bheka Tadpoles on top of the stacks of cork blocks. These mini-cushions stuffed with organic buckwheat hulls mold to the contours of my shoulders making this much more comfortable than pressing my shoulders directly on the firm cork blocks. I prefer cork or wood to foam since they form a more stable base, but foam will do in a pinch. Either way, the Tadpoles add a whole new level of comfort to this wonderful modification.

For more information on bheka Tadpoles and Cork Blocks just go to my Yoga Life Style website, http://yogalifestyle.com/ and search "bheka Tadpoles" or "bheka Cork Blocks"

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Spooky Yoga Bendy Skelly's On The Beach


Spooky Bendy Yoga Skelly only has a few more days to rest and relax! The season is upon us and pretty soon she will be called upon to bring joy to all the little Halloweeners awaiting her annual visits. What fun they will have bending her into all their favorite yoga poses on her own little yoga mat. And playing hide the Skelly. Hide the Skelly is a fun game where Skelly's can be hidden around the house as long as they can be seen in plain sight. It is OK if only a hand or a foot can be seen but she can't be buried under the laundry pile or deep in the back of the fridge unless a person walking around the laundry or getting a tofu pup out of the refrigerator could see her without uncovering her. She can't be in the cookie jar unless her head is poking out. Whoever finds her gets to do the next round of hiding. This is endless fun.

For more info on Spooky Yoga Bendy Skelly including her Animated Surya Namaskar video and printable Halloween poster, go to my website: http://www.yogalifestyle.com/MISpookyYogaBendySkeletons.htm

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Double Plank


The first thing that caught my eye about this post is that it looks like a heart. Well, sort of and then the wood floor and her arms make an interesting cross. And well it feels sort of gritty and serious and ambiguous. Kind of arty. I also love the that it relies on the pose being rotated 90 degrees which is disorienting. There is lots to ponder here. I love that. I hope you love it too. @angela_argentina

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Kitchen Yoga



This photo really makes me smile. Seeing Leslie balanced parallel to the floor caught my eye. Then I followed the clean line of her taught body to her feet resting on a unique prop. Her trash bin.

As a prop supplier, I suppose I shouldn't love this so much but the creativity of using whatever is at hand to enhance practice is always welcome. Plus, I love that she is practicing in the kitchen, something I have done many times for various reasons. Finally, the lines of the photo seem to suggest that this was not just a random shot that happens to look great, but someone chose just the right place to make this pose look as good as possible. Notice how the contours of the kitchen counter and mirror frame mimic her position and reinforce it. Sort of holding her up in the air. Then the door to the room and the fridge direct your gaze to her. Just wonderful.

I love seeing such a masterful use of the camera too. Kudos to you Leslie making such a fine offering. @leslieharrisyoga

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Chiming Tibetan Singing Bowl


One of the things I love about these bowls is that they are all unique. Not only do they each have a unique sound but the way they sing tends to vary as well. Some like hard pressure with the wand and others prefer soft. The speed of rotation will also change the toning. Some bowls are magnificent with a slow rotation and some with a faster circling.

It took me a long time to even be able to get one to tone. There is a sensitivity to the vibration of the wand that took me awhile to develop. The story of how that happened is sort of funny.
I had recently received a shipment from India including this type of bowl. I eagerly took a dozen with me to a conference in Canada. There my helper, Sherrie, was wonderful at toning with the bowls. I could barely make them squeak. It was ironic. Here I was a Tibetan Bowl Vendor and I could not demonstrate the product. Luckily my colleague was a whiz at it. I intently watched Sherrie and customers when they were using the bowls and when it was quiet in the booth I would hold one in my hand and circle it with the wand hoping for magic. This went on for some hours on and off during the first day of the show.

Finally, while Sherrie was on break in the late morning, i got the knack. I was mesmerized by the ethereal tone I had helped bring forth. I was surprised to note that even though I had the bowl in my hand the tone sounded like it was coming down from the sky not up from the ground. I was delighted. Fortunately, it is like riding a bike and I have been an able toner ever since. I love doing it now. I like ending class with it and I find it soothing to do when no one is around. I try to love all my products equally but this one has a special resonant place in my heart.

At the time of this writing, it is offered on my website at 20% off retail.
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