Yoga Category

YEM-Yoga as Energy Medicine-Lengthening Spine-by Parvati
As we explored in my YEM: Yoga as Energy Medicine article, “Follow The Wave In Your Spine”, there is a natural wave-like impulse that flows through our spine. It exists within us all, at any given moment. It is the pulse of life itself. When newborn, our bodies/beings are highly receptive to growth. We breathe with life with greater co-creative fluidity. With age, we tend to become more set in our ways. Due to the effect of gravity and the way we identify with our habits, we hold tension inRead More
Yoga-Janet Stone-the light within
A self-identified “global yoga warrior”, San Francisco-based vinyasa yoga teacher Janet Stone is passionate about passing on the wisdom of yoga, meditation and life. Yoga editor Ella Isakov speaks to Janet about yoga, uncovering the light within and parenting. Parvati Magazine: You have been on this yogic path for 20 years. How has it brought you towards acceptance and ease within yourself? Janet Stone: The teachings, as I understand them, speak repeatedly of an accepting of the whole of reality, the totality of both humanity and of the infinite whichRead More
yoga anatomy trains wild thing fascia parvati magazine
Tom Myers has dedicated his life to healing people through the power of touch. He has practiced integrative manual therapy, which includes massage and Rolfing, for over 40 years, and is the author of the book Anatomy Trains. Parvati Magazine’s Yoga Editor Ella Isakov interviews Tom about fascia, movement and healing. Parvati Magazine: Let’s start with fascia. It seems to be a word everyone in the yoga community is talking about lately. What is it and what does it have to do with hatha yoga? Tom Myers: The fascial systemRead More
YEM Cat Squat-Parvati Devi
Cat squat, or Prasarita Padottanasana in Sanskrit, offers you a fabulous opportunity to reconnect with the ground, while you feel open and receptive to the sky. The visceral sense of two-way-moving energy in your body/being is particularly noticeable and accessible. As such, it is a beautiful asana in which you can experience being the channel of life-force energy that you are. As a wide legged stance, Cat Squat allows your root energy center at the base of your spine to open more easily to the ground. You can feel howRead More
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
Parvati-Forward Bend
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