Your iliacus and psoas muscles, are part of a group of muscles called your hip flexors. These muscles can become short from just the sheer number of hours that we sit in a day, and overused when we try to sit up without our spine supported. Short and tight hip flexors are a common cause of back ache, and hip dysfunction. If you have ever had your psoas or iliacus released through your abdomen, you can testify to the discomfort of this technique, even if it has been effective for…Read More
One way of translating aparigraha is non-possessiveness. Possession is another word for control – in relation to something that has happened in the past, is happening in the present, or to an outcome we wish for in the future. In the body, this attempt to control can lead to shallow breathing, when we tighten in response to the fear an outcome other than the one we want.
What does shallow breathing feel like in the body? Tight abdominal muscles, which limits the movement of the…Read More
Our inspiring Yoga on the Lake and Sunset Yoga classes start on June 4, and we couldn’t be more excited to offer SIX weekly classes overlooking the lake, all summer long!
Between the grand opening of the new Community Sailing Center building and construction down at the Burlington waterfront, there are a few important things to note before heading down to class this summer:
- Get oriented. Know where you’re headed! Click here for directions to the Sailing Center, and check out the lay of…
Aparigraha is Sanskrit for non-attachment. It can also be translated as non-possessiveness or non-greed. I was introduced to non-attachment at Kripalu Center for Health and Yoga while volunteering for the maintenance and carpentry crew. I was a recent college graduate, accustomed to striving towards goals and good grades.
At the start of each day, there was a team meeting with our crew leader, “Ram” or Kevin. He gave us the daily agenda and handed over keys to a work truck. Ram always…Read More
Brahmacharya is the practice of non-excess, moderation, and right use of energy. It’s the practice of experiencing the pleasure, wonder, and the mystery of life without over-indulgence. Brahma is Sanskrit for God or creation. Charya translates to mean “one who is established in”. Brahmacharya can then be translated as “One who is established in the way of God or the creative force.” When you choose to look at yourself and your energy as sacred, the practice of moderation…Read More
“Within you, there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at anytime and be yourself.” – Herman Hesse, Siddhartha
As we continue our year-long exploration of the yamas and niyamas, May brings us to the fourth yama: Brahmacharya, which has a range of interpretations ranging from celibacy to non-excess to walking with God. The concept of preserving vital energy for the purpose of realizing one’s highest potential, one’s divine nature, is a common thread among them all.