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Posts Tagged ‘tree pose’

My home practice

In my first Saturday yoga teacher training class we focused on home practice and I, of course, wrote about it. To be a good and effective yoga teacher I must have a regular home practice. Five times a week for about 45 minutes is what is recommended. I couldn’t commit to that at first so […]

The amazing psoas muscle

The psoas muscle (pronounced so-az) affects every facet of your life, from your physical well-being to who you feel yourself to be and how you relate to the world. A bridge linking the trunk to the legs, the psoas is critical for balanced alignment, proper joint rotation, and full muscular range of motion, according to Yoga Journal website. […]

Learning about home practice

We’re not here to serve the (yoga) poses. These poses are here to serve us. ~Vickie Russell Bell in last night’s yoga teacher training class Yesterday was my first Saturday class with Piedmont Yoga Studio’s Deep Yoga teacher training program. We have class every Thursday night and one Saturday a month. Yesterday we got to […]

Using blocks to balance, enhance yoga poses

Tonight in Vickie’s Hatha yoga class we focused on using blocks for many of our poses. I struggle with balancing poses. Standing on a block made it a little easier to focus my weight and core to keep myself upright or balanced. We practiced Downward Facing Dog on blocks. First with the blocks under our […]

Balance between effort and ease

That was the theme today in my yoga class. I hadn’t worked out since Wednesday, with work being so busy and then being out of town. So today seemed a little tougher than usual. Sarah, the regular Mon/Wed a.m. yoga instructor, was back today after being out for about five weeks. I don’t have very […]

Tree Pose

I have been doing yoga on a regular basis for almost two years. I normally practice yoga about three times a week. I have seriously come a long way. But the thing with yoga is you are always improving and getting better and stronger. I don’t know if you ever master it? Some might disagree. […]


Eh, not so much. So today in yoga we focused on balance. I kinda hate the balancing poses. I get frustrated and impatient with myself. We did tree pose. One of my least favorite poses. I can’t even get my leg that high like in the picture. Balance is really important in a lot of […]