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Y98: Gentle Yoga For Hamstrings And Back: When Negativity Arises, Cultivate The Opposite (Pratipaksha Bhavana)

In today's episode I share one of my favorite threads of the Yoga Sutra. Pratipaksha Bhavana: “When negativity arises, cultivate the opposite” or “mindfulness of opposites.”

Opposites are the core of everything I teach in yoga. Postures are either active or passive. Moving or still. Strengthening or stretching. Sometimes many of these things at once.

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Y95: Gentle Yoga For Back Tension Release And Back Strengthening

In today's episode I discuss ways to release tension in the back and strengthen the back. This is a commonly UNDER trained area for many yoga students, and a commonly under emphasized aspect of yoga practice. Yoga tends to OVER emphasize pushing movements like Chaturanga and updog - which are awesome and important postures - AND it's equally important to balance them out with pulling actions...

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Y92: Gentle Yoga to Prevent Disease and Reduce Accumulated Heat From The Summer (Pitta)

Have you ever been burned out, irritable, felt inflammation, heartburn or had rashes on your skin? Or have you ever felt quick to anger, frustration, irritability or annoyance? These are signs of excess heat in the body - what is known in Ayurveda as Pitta Dosha.

Today begins Season 7 of the Quietmind Yoga Podcast and we will address the transition from the summer season into the fall by...

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Y86: Gentle Hatha For Immune System Health


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Y83: Gentle Yoga For Fascia Release

Fascia is a band or sheet of connective tissue, primarily collagen, beneath the skin that attaches, stabilizes, encloses and separates muscles and other internal organs. 

One way to think of the fascia is like scaffolding in the body. It has a relative strength of steel, yet is viscoelastic and can store and release elastic potential energy. 

Under a microscope, fascia looks...

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QY77: Gentle Yoga for Anxiety and Restlessness

In the yoga tradition, there are five directions energy can move.

When the movement of energy up and out is dominant, this can create a vata (air element) imbalance. 

This manifests as anxiety, fear, restlessness, worry, doubt. Also physically as digestive issues, cold limbs, and headaches. 

To bring balance, we want to do the opposite. Emphasize moving energy in and down....

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