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September is Yoga Month: Crystals for a Yoga Practice

Any gemstone can help you connect with your practice! Crystals can “speak” to us in different ways and it is usually due to the fact that we instinctually need something from it. It may be that we are attracted to its shape, color or sheen.

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The Laundry Mat Blues…..

Since our sewer line to the street is cranky and old, we’ve been doing our laundry at the good Ole safe and trustworthy laundromat.

Each visit there I am reminded about how my life as a black lesbian seems to threaten the very fabric of life of White Supremacy and Black men. . Continue reading The Laundry Mat Blues…..

What does it mean to have the perfect yoga body?

Something I struggle with daily regarding my body structure or my limitations my size has.

real yogi magazine

Irene1I have always struggled with my body image. From yo-yo diets to self-destructive habits I had a hard time calling myself beautiful.

When I began practicing yoga I looked at myself in the mirror and told myself this journey would be hard. I don’t have an ideal yoga body. I have big thighs and short legs. My long torso makes me seem deceptively flexible, when really it’s just my proportions. But as I’ve traveled and taught to many different body shapes I’ve noticed that we all tell ourselves the same things. We choose to pick out our imperfections- where my legs are too short someone else’s too long.


And then it struck me. Why do I waste so much time reinforcing negativity in my life? I have this amazing body that is capable of incredible things.  Why is it so hard to see that? Yes my thighs are big, but…

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A restorative sequence for a tough week

Re-blogging this for my own personal sticky note.

Home Yoga Practice

niece in triangmukhaikapadapaschimottanasana

It has been a rough week for the Iyengar community for obvious reasons. To pick up with Guruji’s quote “My ending should be your beginning” I will continue to publish teachings on my blog to further yoga. Here is a restorative sequence for beginning students at the request of my friend Sudhanshu in Kolkata.

gomukhasana arms

Gomukhasana arms to open chest and shoulders

Chair downdog

Chair Adho Mukha Svanasna to address hamstring stiffness and further open the chest.

U T in chair

Chair Trikonasana to charge legs and further open chest

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Prasarita Padottanasana stage I with blocks to get more concavity from upper back.

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Vrksasana for lift in the side chest and abdomen and to hone concentration


Dandasana maintaining lift in side chest

prop virasana

Virasana with lift in side chest

upavistha konasna

Upavistha Konasana to recirculate knees and lift chest

supta baddha konasana

Supta Baddha Konasasna with bolster. If you don’t have a bolster use this setup of blankets.

pranayama blankets

setu bandha

Setu bandha on blocks with…

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