Yoga Category

Maty Ezraty is one of the first women to study Ashtanga Yoga with K. Pattabhi Jois and has practiced with senior Iyengar teachers. She is a co-founder of the Santa Monica-based YogaWorks which now has several locations across the US and has trained many of today’s leading yoga teachers, including Seane Corn, Shiva Rea, Rod Stryker, Kathryn Budig and Alexandria Crow. Yoga editor Ella Isakov speaks with Maty about her perspective on yoga and meditation and how to use them to lead life with more presence. Parvati Magazine: You haveRead More
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The Sanskrit word Uttanasana literally translates to “intense stretch” (ut: intensity, tan: to stretch, extend or lengthen). What does intensity mean in a healthy yoga practice? How do we manage our ego that easily shows up on our mat, seeking more intensity than is required? How do we ensure we are not disassociating from the challenge a pose presents? The answer lies in sukha-sthira, a core principle of yoga, as outlined in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. In sukha-sthira you learn to be alert and receptive in each moment, finding a balanceRead More
Until recent years, the art of cursive handwriting was taught in most schools in the West. Perhaps you remember learning it. Having mastered printing one letter at a time, we learned gradually to write whole words without ever having to lift our pens, gracefully connecting one letter to the next. The flowing script was the standard for the written word before the advent of typewriters and computers. It came from patient practice, as we learned to build one loop or line onto another. Eventually we found ourselves writing it withRead More
If people don’t know Rodney Yee’s name, they certainly recognize his face from highly acclaimed Gaiam/Living Arts yoga videos beginning in the 1990s. Yoga editor Ella Isakov speaks to Rodney about his vision for the future of yoga and its impact on people and the world. Parvati Magazine: What has kept you inspired over a 35-year teaching career? Rodney Yee: Any subject, but especially yoga, as you get deeper into it, becomes more interesting. It becomes more a part of your everyday life. The main thing is that I loveRead More
Tamara Levinson, also known as Cuchira, inspires thousands of people around the world to step up and be themselves. Tamara created MovMEANT which integrates dance and yoga to transform people from the inside out. In this issue, Yoga Editor Ella Isakov speaks with Tamara about her evolution through movement, and what drives her to help others on their journey of transformation. Parvati Magazine: You were an Olympic rhythmic gymnast from childhood and then moved on to dance, dancing for people like Madonna. What instigated your transition into yoga? Tamara Levinson:Read More
One of the most easily recognized yoga asanas in the West is the Downward Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana) pose. It thoroughly stretches the back of the body, strengthens the arms and legs, lengthens the spine and because it places your head below most of your body, it can also calm the mind and relieve stress. Since the downward dog pose opens your hamstrings, you may find some of the same issues arise as in the previous exercise, Feet to Sky. Your hamstrings connect you from the ground to your rootRead More
As we move through our practices and our days, we need moments to pause and integrate. In humble surrender, we bring our heads below our hearts and lay down our wilful ego so that a deeper, wiser intelligence may move through us. This is one of the many gifts of the Extended Child Pose. Deeply introverted, like being back in the womb, this pose is a necessary resting and rejuvenation pose between more vigorous asanas. When done correctly, it will exquisitely lengthen your spine vertebra by vertebra. It will openRead More
Ella Isakov, Yoga Editor: I have had the privilege to study and practice with Jason Crandell on several occasions. Jason is knowledgeable, caring and dedicates much of his time to helping maintain the integrity of the yoga community. Parvati Magazine: You have been practicing for 20 years. What has been the key element that has kept you practicing all these years and dedicated to this journey? Jason Crandell: I just really enjoy it! By nature I am self-inquisitive and curious. I have a fascination with the human condition and howRead More

Posted On July 17, 2017By Parvati MagazineIn August 2017 - Vibrancy, Wellness, Yoga, Yoga

Yoga: ParaYoga, with Rod Stryker

This month, Parvati Magazine’s Yoga Editor, Ella Isakov, interviewed Rod Stryker, a respected teacher and author within the yoga community, about how yoga helps create vibrancy in life. Parvati Magazine: You have been teaching for 35 years. What is unique about the lineage that you carry forward and ParaYoga, the yoga school you founded? Rod Stryker: My lineage is Sri Vidya, perhaps the most comprehensive approach to tantra yoga. It invites us to experience the totality of life, to see and experience the Divine everywhere and to thrive in everyRead More
Your body and your breath are in continual relationship. An embodied state is an expression of the dance between spirit and matter. The Sanskrit word Tantra literally means “to weave” or “to expand”. In this way, yoga is about weaving a dance between spirit (breath) and matter (body), while liberating dormant potential energies and infusing the body-being with consciousness. As you focus on the interplay between breath and the sensations in your body, your practice becomes a meditation on the relationship between spirit and matter and amplifies the synergy betweenRead More