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Egyptian Scorpion

During these weeks of practicing with scorpion pose, we will explore variations that do not require one to do a forearm stand. Sometimes we will use props and sometimes we will play with a posture we call Earth Scorpion and … Continue reading

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Scorpion

During these last months of the year, the morning class will explore and play with scorpion pose. It takes strength and flexibility so we will build up to it over time. Even then, since scorpion is an advanced arm balance, … Continue reading

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A Cat Stretch

Bobcat stretching by Charles Glatzer Yoga practice in Yellowstone Park Share this:ShareFacebookPrintEmail

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Kurmasana – The tortoise

If this Hubble telescope image had to be described in a story might be told as the churning of the cosmic sea of milk. Maybe that is where this Hindu myth originated, from the spiraling cosmos itself. Source: Hubblesite.org Share … Continue reading

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Gomukhasana

What is it about a cow that makes us feel that all is right with the world?  For my daughter she believes that cows are loving critters.  She has been collecting cow stuff for years and her room looks like a … Continue reading

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Ustrasana – Camel Pose

We have little proverbs and sayings in English like – Don’t judge a book by its cover, or He who laughs last, laughs best or Don’t count your chickens before they hatch. Any of these could be the moral to … Continue reading

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Matsyasana – Fish pose

We have seen this fish before in our study of the myths behind the yoga postures. Its the same fish that pulled the ark and saved the few sages from the great deluge. Share this:ShareFacebookPrintEmail

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Shalabhasana – Locust

Shalabha is locust in Sanskrit. There isn’t a Hindu mythological story about the locust but there is a Biblical story about a plague of locust. The only useful thing I could find about the locust is that some cultures eat … Continue reading

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Bakasana – Crane Pose

The Baka in Hindu mythology comes from a story in the epic Mahabharata. Baka or crane is the disguise for a forest ogre inhabiting the forest where 5 brothers are exiled. Share this:ShareFacebookPrintEmail

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Makarasana: Dolphin carries us safely

This myth is not found in our regular text Myths of the Asanas, but there is a story about the dolphin in Hindu mythology, so I will tell you about it. I discovered it after finding a picture of the … Continue reading

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