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  • 2. contents NOVEMBER 2013 on the cover 65 | Revitalize your practice (and your life) 56 | Build power in your core 68 | How to unwind at night & wake up refreshed 44 | A better way to stretch your hamstrings 53 | How yoga helps in a crisis 74 | 8 poses for a happy, healthy pregnancy features 68 | DAY & NIGHT India’s ancient system of medicine offers simple practices you can do to balance your energy and boost your health. by Shannon Sexton 74 | BABY LOVE Prenatal yoga can prepare your mind, body, and spirit for motherhood. cover credits model: Jennifer Lane; stylist: Lyn Heineken; hair/makeup: Erin Lee Smith/Aubri Balk Inc; top: Prana; capris: Elisabetta Rogiani; photography: David Martinez TRINETTE REED AND CHRIS GRAMLY by Jessica Berger Gross
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  • 4. contents N ovem b er 20 1 3 44 35 yoga lifestyle practice 17 | OM 44 | BASICS Bringing your practice to life Head-of-the-knee pose Learn Practice courage on your mat; ease to extend your spine while stretching commuting stiffness; interview with your back body in Janu Sirsasana. Michael Franti; naturally sweet cranberry by Nikki Costello 56 | MASTER CLASS 28 | BEAUTY Shape shifter Let the ebb and flow Squeaky clean Outfit a luxurious soak of your breath help you find your way in the tub with eco-friendly materials. into this challenging forward bend. 35 | EATING WISELY 24 by Annie Carpenter inspiration Fearless feast Even for confident 65 | HOME PRACTICE cooks, Thanksgiving dinner can be the WITH CLAIRE MISSINGHAM 53 | LIVING YOGA most anxiety-provoking meal of the Free flow Shake things up with a Ultimate practice Yoga promises to free us year. Yoga can help. by Chrissy Carter practice that lets you see your habits from suffering—even the kind that comes from in a whole new light. life’s most difficult experiences. 82 | REVIEWS by Kate Holcombe New books, CDs, and DVDs, featuring an interview with yogi and kirtan artist 100 | YOGA SCENE Krishna Das; plus a guide to finding yoga Grand stand A reader puts down roots on the wisdom to live by at work, Rodney Yee’s rim of the Grand Canyon. by Shannon Costello new DVD, and mantra music by The Hanumen and Wah!. 65 in every issue 10 | EDITOR’S LETTER 98 | LIVING WELL 14 | LETTERS 4 YO GAJ O U R N A L .CO M 94 | YOGA PAGES 12 | CONTRIBUTORS 99 | CLASSIFIEDS NOVEMBER 2013 CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: DAVID MARTINEZ; SHERI GIBLIN; ERIC AUDRAS/GETTY IMAGES; MICHAEL WINOKUR sauce recipe, and more.
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  • 6. JOIN US ONLINE ASKED ON FACEBOOK Q: What are your kids’ favorite poses? A: My child loves poses we can do together like double Down Dog and Lizard on a Rock. He also loves any inversion, and Warrior because he feels like a Jedi! Robbie Michelle Short A: My kids love the asana, but their best bit is Savasana and relaxation at the end, to my surprise! Pia Mydear A: All three of my kids do excel- lent Wheel Poses, much better than their old man. Michael Kennedy the family that practices together Kids take to yoga like ducks to water. Want to introduce the practice to your brood? Learn how at A: My 3-year-old does yoga with me almost daily. She loves Tree Pose and is getting better every day. Her little sister even tries, too. BACKSTAGE PASS ON A ROLL For a mash-up of articles, inspiration, video, and more, follow YJ’s Tumblr! 6 YO GAJ O U R N A L .CO M Check out the action behind the scenes as we put together this issue of the magazine. FOLLOW US NOVEMBER 2013 CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: DEBRA McCLINTON; JESSICA ABELSON (3); RORY EARNSHAW Good stuff! Catherine Schmidt
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  • 10. editor’s letter Kelle Wals h crowd-sharing Practicing in a community can multiply the joy—and benefits—of yoga. IT’S A BIT OF A PARADOX: Yoga is an individual practice whose ultimate goal is intimacy with the Self. And yet, many of us are drawn to seek the company of others who share our passion for the practice. The feeling we get from being part of a community, or kula, is an important part of why many of us embrace yoga. French yogis celebrate community in a practice for peace. Events like Solstice Times Square, a day of yoga attended by more than 8,000 people this year, bear this out. So does the growth of yoga lifestyle clothing company Lolë’s series of practice-for-peace events called White Yoga, in which participants come together to do yoga, wearing white as a symbol of their intention to cultivate peace within and carry it out into the world. I witnessed this firsthand when I attended the final event of 2013 this September in Paris. The event, held at the Grand Palais des Champs-Elysées, drew 4,000 Parisians—young and old, men and women, entire families even—who came out for a practice led by Colleen Saidman Yee along with well-known Canadian and French yoga instructors. Accompanied by the Opéra de Paris string players, it was a beautiful and moving experience. As we chanted our final “Oms,” goosebumps climbing up my arms, I had no doubt that the sense of peace that filled the hall would indeed go with each of us when we left. And when I asked my neighbors, in fragmented French, why they had come, the answer was immediate: “Pour faire du yoga dans ce lieu avec tous ces gens bien sur!” To do yoga here, with all of these people, of course. we may be experiencing a time when the kind of deep satsang the sages referred to—the wise company that we have historically associated only with enlightened teachers—may be available in any group of practitioners who are willing to be true to their intention to grow toward a truly awake, Self-less, or God-centered state.” Community doesn’t get much better than that. ✤ Let us know where you find strength in numbers at 1 0 YO GAJ O U R N A L .CO M NOVEMBER 2013 LOLËWOMEN/OMBELINE LEGENDRE As Sally Kempton once wrote in Yoga Journal ’s Wisdom column, “I suspect that
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  • 12. contributors How do you shake things up when you’re in a rut? I look for ways to change or challenge my perspective; taking a new route to work, trying a new yoga class, or cooking something I’ve never made before. Inversions help too. They literally turn my world upside-down. New York City-based yoga teacher CHRISSY CARTER wrote “Fearless Renew your mind, body, & spirit on a journey to true wellness. Enjoy the Ranchʼs 3,000-acre sanctuary for life-enhancing health, superb cuisine, an array of classes from our fitness professionals (including 15 weekly yoga classes), as well as top visiting yoga teachers: NOVEMBER 9-16 Veera Sanjana, M.S., M.S.W | Gentle Yoga DECEMBER 21-28 Phyllis Pilgrim and Irene Borger Yoga and Writing DECEMBER 24-JANUARY 4 Leslie Kaminoff An Introduction to Breath-Centered Yoga Feast” (page 35). We try to discover what we feel passionate about and let that guide us. We don’t limit ourselves to only shooting one thing; we love shooting a range of subjects. Following our passion this way keeps us from getting stuck. San Francisco Bay Area photographers TRINETTE REED AND CHRIS GRAMLY photographed “Ayurveda Day and Night” (page 68). JANUARY 18-25, 2014 Phyllis Pilgrim and Elana Rosenbaum Yoga and Everyday Mindfulness MARCH 1-8, 2014 Larry Payne Prime of Life Yoga VOTED “WORLD’S BEST DESTINATION SPA” (Travel+Leisure magazine ReadersÕ Polls 2010, 2011 & 2013) 87 7-440-7 7 78 www.rancholapuer I have an identical twin sister who is a great yoga teacher! When I’m feeling uninspired, I just visit my sister Ann. Sometimes we practice in her home studio. Sometimes I attend one of her classes. Every time I need a little yoga boost, she gives me what I need. JANE AUSTIN, the founder of Mama Tree Prenatal Yoga School in San Francisco, created the prenatal sequence on page 74. 1 2 YO GAJ O U R N A L .CO M NOVEMBER 2013 FROM TOP: MELINA HAMMER; TRINETTE AND CHRIS; MARY AUSTIN JANUARY 4-11, 2014 Stacy McCarthy |Yoga
  • 13. talk to us AU G U ST 20 1 3 Thank you so much for welcoming me home with “Passage to India” (August ’13). I had just come back from my first trip to India and retrieved two months of piled-up mail when I found the latest copy of Yoga Journal. In the article, you point out the importance of setting an intention for your trip, but I say go without any intention or expectation, especially if you are planning your first pilgrimage there. Embrace every moment and encounter with an open mind, and drop any thoughts like, “It should be….” Thank you for the inspiration and beautiful photos! SAC H I A I DA , CA N M O R E , A L B E RTA When I read “Movable Feast” ( June ’13), I fell in love with the idea of practicing yoga at a local farm and then eating fresh food, but couldn’t find anything similar near my Midwest home. So I contacted my favorite outdoor yoga instructor and a colleague’s family who owns a strawberry farm, and we created Yoga & Brunch at Berryville Farm on June 23. I prepared a light, nutritious meal for everyone to enjoy after their hour of healing yoga. The participants fell in love with the concept as much as I had, so we are planning another event at an apple orchard for the fall. Thank you for the inspiration! I am writing to thank you for including male representation in your photos. I teach yoga to kindergarteners. In June my students created posters with pictures of themselves in their favorite yoga poses. They also included pictures of adult men and women that I had cut out from past issues of Yoga Journal. It was exciting to hear the children exclaim, “I’m going to do this pose when I grow up!” I think it’s important that boys see pictures of strong, healthy men doing yoga, since yoga is perceived by some as a women’s activity. Thank you for helping me show young children that yoga will help them become healthy adults. M A R I E C RYSTA L KU E N Y, L E E A N N E S P O STO, H A M I LTO N , O N TA R I O R AC I N E , W I S CO N S I N M I C H A E L M AC LO C H L A I N N I love Yoga Journal and have been reading it for many years. However, I was very disappointed in your review of Kino MacGregor’s new book, where the reviewer describes her as “short and compact” as opposed to “long, lean yoga goddesses.” Short and compact? Perhaps “petite and strong” would have been more apt. I expect more from you! SY D N EY, AU ST R A L I A E M M A L I N DA H L , STO C K H O L M , SW E D E N I’ve been reading your magazine for years and love it for its insights and wisdom. I have found lately that the magazine has become more feminine in look and content, and as a male yoga practitioner I feel left out. Where have the male and genderneutral stories gone? /yoga_journal 1 4 YO GAJ O U R N A L .CO M /yogajournal What do you think about hot yoga? Warm is hot enough for me! CA N D I BA R BAG A L LO DAV I S, V I A FAC E B O O K Love it! Practice at least twice a week in a hot yoga class. S H E R RY R I C H MO N D P E E KS, V I A FAC E B O O K I sweat enough in a regular yoga class. C L A R I S SA BA N DA , V I A FAC E B O O K I really enjoy hot yoga. I just make sure I drink water before, during, and after. I like to sweat because I think it helps detox. I think the heat loosens up my body too. ST E V E S H A R P E , V I A FAC E B O O K adjective alert gender balance ALL STEAMED UP letters@yoga It’s bull. In a real yoga class, you warm-up your own body through asana. B E N JA M I N B E E L E R, V I A FAC E B O O K The exercise instructions and advice presented in this magazine are designed for people who are in good health and physically fit. They are not intended to substitute for medical counseling. The creators, producers, participants, and distributors of Yoga Journal disclaim any liability for loss or injury in connection with the exercises shown or the instruction and advice expressed herein. NOVEMBER 2013 FROM TOP LEFT: ARTI AGARWAL/GETTY; JENAY MARTIN/ANJENAYA IMAGERY; JENNIFER MARTINÉ inspired eating
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  • 15. om bringing your practice to life In the choice to let go of your known way of being, the whole world is revealed to your new eyes.” Danna Faulds I JUKKA RAPO/GETTY IMAGES From the poem “Allow,” published in Go In and In: Poems from the Heart of Yoga NOVEMBER 2013 YO GAJ O U R N A L .CO M 1 7
  • 16. om TAKE THE PLUNGE Practice courage on your mat, the better to face risks in your life. Our bravest moments are often the times we feel terrified, painfully vulnerable, and unsure of what might happen next—and yet we act. There is nothing particularly brave about doing something you’re not afraid of or that has a known outcome. It’s when you’re scared that you need courage. It takes courage to allow yourself to be vulnerable and exposed to the unknown, to risk failure, criticism, and rejection. 1 8 YO GAJ O U R N A L .CO M Why go through that? Because all that really matters in life requires courage. Falling in love. Saying you are sorry. Being with a grieving friend. Sharing your art. Telling the truth. There is no guaranteed safe road to creativity or to intimacy, no risk-free route to integrity or to love. The only way to get there is by the exposed path along the edge of the cliff—where there is always a risk of falling or fail- ing, and where it is difficult to defend yourself from attack. The only way to take that path is with courage. And courage is not just the purview of a lucky few (the big, the strong, the rich, or the young). It’s innate in all of us. We are born vulnerable and with the courage to remain so. But life teaches us to protect ourselves from the unknown, to avoid rejection and failure. And so we forget how to be brave. New Zealand yoga teacher and human rights activist Marianne Elliott is the author of Zen Under Fire, a memoir about her life working as a United Nations peacekeeper in Afghanistan. NOVEMBER 2013 JESSIE JEAN/GETTY IMAGES ESSAY Fortunately, yoga can help you remember. My practice shows me where I’m tense and then how to see past the tension to the fear that often lies behind it; yoga teaches me to trust my breath and my body enough to let go of that protective tension. Yoga reminds me how to take risks, and to honestly answer questions such as “What am I really feeling?” Yoga teaches me to stay where I am, to draw strength and courage from my breath, my body, the ground beneath my feet, and the people with whom I practice. These are the same tools we all need to hold steady when life gets scary. When I step up to speak at a conference, for example, I know that I have tools—like breathing and grounding through my feet— that will help me speak honestly despite my fear. The willingness to practice at all is a form of bravery. Practice courage in these small ways on the mat and it will be there for you when you need it most.
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  • 18. om STAYING HUMAN Yogi and musician Michael Franti is championing a new cause: a foundation using the power of music to uplift the terminally ill. He’s getting the word out while on tour promoting the eighth studio album from Michael Franti and Spearhead, All People. YJ What’s the connection between music and doing good in the world? MF The first time I performed in a prison, I learned that those guys didn’t want to hear songs about oppression. They wanted music about missing their girlfriends; they wanted to laugh and dance and clap. I had the same experience in Iraq: People wanted music to help them transcend the pain of war. There’s a healing power in music that’s greater than arguments for social change. YJ Was music the birth of your social consciousness? MF When I first started making music, I loved reggae. It’s music you can dance to 2 0 YO GAJ O U R N A L .CO M Michael Franti, 47, has been practicing yoga since 2001. that also talks about the human struggle. Our school [the University of San Francisco] had investments in South Africa, and a group of us wanted them to divest. I started to write poems about that. Then some friends and I started playing found objects—junk in abandoned lots, metal, and whatever was lying around—and reciting poetry. As I grew, I learned of the power of melody and how it can move emotions across languages. YJ Did yoga influence your new album, All People? MF Since I started my yoga practice in 2001, it’s influenced every aspect of my life, especially my music. This record is a celebration of diversity. One of the things I’ve learned through my yoga practice is to quiet my judgmental mind and be open to new experiences and people from different cultures and different walks of life. All the music on this record was listened to as I was doing my morning yoga practice. Once I would record a song, I would listen to it as I practiced. I wanted to write songs that were inspiring about life, and these songs have been, I guess I could say, tried and tested on my own yoga mat. YJ What else has your yoga practice taught you? MF One of my favorite teachers is Sharon Gannon from Jivamukti. In one of the first classes I ever took, she asked, “How can you tell how deep your yoga practice has become?” People gave all kinds of answers, suggesting really hard poses and being able to hold them for a long time. But she said, “No. The way you can tell is if you say what you mean, and you mean what you say.” That really hit me. And that’s what I am trying to do—find the words and the courage to say them. At the end of the day, yoga is the teacher. If you do the practice, you learn about yourself. P H I L I P A R M O U R NOVEMBER 2013 LAUREN DUKOFF YOGA JOURNAL Tell us about your new foundation. MICHAEL FRANTI It’s called Do It for the Love ( It’s like a Make-aWish Foundation for music, where people with serious and life-threatening illnesses can write to us and ask to come to shows by their favorite bands, anyone from Jack Johnson to Metallica to—Michael Franti. We work to get these music lovers to shows to experience the real healing power of music.
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  • 20. om UNWIND YOUR COMMUTE road warriors Long hours in the driver’s seat take a toll, whether you’re commuting to work or driving a taxi all day. That’s why Andrew Vollo and Klee Walsh, a pair of New York City cabbies and yoga teachers, offer yoga classes for taxi drivers. “Cab drivers sit all day and are under so much stress,” explains Walsh, who completed his 200-hour teacher training in vinyasa yoga in 2010. “As part of my teaching training, I was encouraged to donate yoga to a group that needed it. As a driver, I knew firsthand how much cabbies could benefit.” Walsh and Vollo teach a gentle flowing practice in their weekly, predominantly male, 60-minute Taxi Yoga class at LaGuardia Community College. They eschew chanting and spirituality in favor of breathing and stretching. “These guys are used to putting on a direction signal and having something happen, so we emphasize results,” says Vollo. “Once they try it, they can’t believe how much better they feel.” To survive his own 12-hour shifts, Walsh practices Sama Vritti (equal breath pranayama) in his taxi, which he says is the antidote to road rage. “It becomes a sitting meditation that keeps me relaxed, aware, and rational,” he says. J O E K I TA Yoga classes keep New York City cab drivers from getting bent out of shape. SHOULDER CIRCLES Smoothly bring both shoulders up toward the ears and then roll them forward, down, and back. Inhale as you roll shoulders up, and exhale as you roll them down and back; then reverse direction. SUPINE PELVIC TILTS Lie on your back, knees bent and feet on your mat. Inhaling slowly, tilt the hip points away from the ribs, creating space between the low back and floor. Exhale while tilting hip points toward ribs, pressing your low back into the mat. WRIST CIRCLES With a straight spine, extend arms in front of you. Flex the wrists to alternately point fingers up and down. Then slowly rotate the wrists first clockwise, then counterclockwise. ALTERNATING LEG EXTENSIONS Lie on your back, inhale, and hug the right knee to the chest while extending the left leg on the floor, curling the toes toward you. Exhale and switch legs. Slowly alternate leg positions in conjunction with the breath. THAT’S A WRAP Created by yoga teacher Laura Guccione, the Spinal Support cushion by Yogawrap affixes to any car seat or office chair. It subtly supports the spine, giving you a gentle reminder to sit up straight. “It’s designed to stimulate and train the core muscles into proper alignment,” says Guccione, whose teaching is influenced by Iyengar Yoga. $35, 2 2 YO GAJ O U R N A L .CO M NOVEMBER 2013 ILLUSTRATION: GREG CLARKE; PHOTO: DAVID MARTINEZ NEWS & TRENDS Taxi Yoga teacher Klee Walsh offers these simple moves to relieve driver’sseat stiffness.
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  • 22. om WELLNESS acid test If you suffer from heartburn, adjusting your yoga practice can bring relief. If you’ve ever had butterflies in your stomach before a big presentation or important test, you know what stress can do to the digestive system. In fact, scientists in the emerging field of neurogastroenterology—which studies the connections between brain and gut—call the network of neurons lining the gut the “second brain.” This helps explain why restorative yoga postures, which relieve anxiety and calm body and mind, can be particularly helpful for taming the symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease, also known as GERD. GERD happens when the sphincter at the bottom of the esophagus doesn’t work as it should, allowing stomach contents to leak up into the esophagus, causing irritation. Yoga may help relieve the symptoms, which include the burning sensation in the chest or throat known as heartburn or acid indigestion. If you have heartburn, it’s a good idea to wait at least two hours after a meal before practicing. Vigorous exercise and “crunching” actions can sometimes trigger symptoms in susceptible people; let yoga’s focus on balancing relaxation with effort be your guide. If inversions aggravate your symptoms, substitute a restorative posture like Viparita Karani (Legs-up-the-Wall Pose). And if lying flat on the floor causes discomfort, elevating your head and Try these postures to help ease heartburn. SUPPORTED BOUND ANGLE POSE Use a block to prop a bolster at a 45-degree angle. Sit in front of the bolster and recline back. Bring soles of feet together and open knees out to the sides. Support thighs and knees. Relax arms at your sides. Breathe comfortably for 5–10 minutes. 24 YO GAJ O U R N A L .CO M LEFT-SIDE-LYING RELAXATION POSE Lying on the right side has been shown to aggravate heartburn, while Ayurveda holds that lying on the left side helps digestion. Lie on your left side with knees comfortably bent. Place support under your head. Breathe for 5–10 minutes. SUPPORTED CHILD’S POSE Stack two or three blankets on a bolster. Kneel in front of the bolster and open knees about hip-width apart. Ease the upper body down onto the bolster, turning your head to one side and relaxing your arms. Breathe comfortably for 5–10 minutes; then turn your head the other way. EXTENDED EXHALATIONS Sit tall, relax, and turn your attention to your breath. Mentally count the length of your inhalations and exhalations, and try to make them equal length. Next, make the exhalation one or two counts longer than the inhalation, or up to twice as long. NOVEMBER 2013 PHOTO: ERIC AUDRAS/GETTY IMAGES; ILLUSTRATIONS: DONNA GRETHEN shoulders with folded blankets can help. CA R O L K R U CO F F
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  • 31. eating wisely PHOTOS: SHERI GIBLIN; FOOD STYLIST: ERIN QUON by Chrissy Car ter fearless feast Even for confident cooks, Thanksgiving dinner can be the most anxietyprovoking meal of the year. Yoga can help. IN MY DREAM, I’m sitting on my mat awaiting instructions from a panel of my yoga teachers. I’m at an Iyengar Yoga assessment, for which I’m completely unprepared, and I am terrified. After what seems an eternity, they deliver my task. I’m to carve a Thanksgiving turkey right there on my mat using the props in front of me: a plastic fork and knife. You might say I carry some anxiety about cooking Thanksgiving dinner. »
  • 32. ea t i ng w isely the turkey wasn’t fully cooked, the side dishes were cold, and I sat down at the table feeling totally defeated. The pressure to replicate the magic of my childhood memories, combined with the fear of failing, turns out to be the perfect recipe for a really bad time. FEAR OF FAILURE maple-roasted brussels sprouts MAKES 6 TO 8 SERVINGS 2 1 ∕4 1 ∕4 2 1 1 ∕2 pounds Brussels sprouts cup balsamic vinegar cup olive oil tablespoons maple syrup teaspoon salt teaspoon pepper 1 Preheat oven to 400°F. Trim the ends of the Brussels sprouts, and remove any bruised outer leaves. Cut in half lengthwise. 2 Place on a baking sheet, and mix well with balsamic vinegar, olive oil, maple syrup, salt, and pepper. 3 Spread out into a single layer, and roast for 30 to 35 minutes, stirring once or twice, until soft and caramelized. 3 6 YO GAJ O U R N A L .CO M I can still smell my mother’s kitchen on Thanksgiving morning. The fragrance of her homemade pies mixed with the aroma of the turkey roasting in the oven created an air of anticipation that could be felt throughout the house. My sister and I would watch the Thanksgiving Day parade on TV in our pajamas and would periodically be called into the kitchen to help my mother stir a pot or lick a bowl. The whole day was spent waiting for the moment we were called to the table. By the time dinner was ready, we were practically giddy as we loaded our plates with my mother’s delicious food in the most anticipated meal of the year. Now that the torch of cooking the family’s holiday dinner has passed to me, my anticipation has morphed into a recurring anxiety about living up to my memory of all those Thanksgivings past. Last year, Whether in the kitchen or on the mat, fear is like a big bucket of ice dumped on the spark of adventure. Fear leaves us either too much in our own heads to access our inherent creativity and intuition—or so paralyzed that we convince ourselves we’re not even capable of trying. Fear seduces us into a place of complacency, inviting us to avoid what scares us in favor of dwelling in the comfort of our familiar beliefs. Fear prevents us from making mistakes and gaining the kind of wisdom that arises from taking risks. Patanjali’s classic text, the Yoga Sutra, offers several accessible tools to manage our fears. Foremost among them are practice and detachment. Practice, as outlined in Sutra 1.14, includes three aspects: We must practice for a long time, without break, and in all earnestness. This last one means we have to believe what we’re practicing is actually possible. Sutras 1.15 and 1.16 describe detachment, which essentially means that we understand that our identity is not dependent on our success or failure. This knowledge leads to freedom and a very real connection to the present moment. Which brings me back to Thanksgiving dinner. Once I came to grips with the fact that the truth of who I am does not depend on my producing a flawless meal, my anxiety lifted. Practicing— continuously showing up in the face of real or potential failure—is trusting that the process is the goal. Ultimately, it’s the intention behind my cooking, the effort I’ve devoted to the meal, and the heart I’ve poured into each dish that will make the meal a success. I’ve come to think that a botched attempt at cooking Thanksgiving dinner may actually be another opportunity to continued on page 42; recipes on next page NOVEMBER 2013
  • 33. ea t i ng w isely sweet potato–ginger soup MAKES 6 TO 8 SERVINGS 3 1 2 1 large sweet potatoes or yams (about 4 pounds) 2-inch piece fresh ginger onions, roughly chopped clove garlic, minced 2 3 1 1∕2 1 1 ∕2 tablespoons olive oil cups vegetable broth cups water teaspoon salt teaspoon pepper 1 Peel sweet potatoes and cut into 1 ∕2-inch cubes. 2 Juice 1 to 3 tablespoons of fresh ginger (you can use a juicer, a grater, or a garlic press). Set aside. 3 Sauté onions and garlic in olive oil over medium heat until translucent, about 10 minutes. Add sweet potatoes and cook, stirring frequently, for another 10 to 15 minutes. 4 Add broth and water, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes or until sweet potatoes are soft. 5 Purée with an immersion blender, or transfer in small batches to a blender and purée until smooth. 6 Add salt and pepper. Stir in 1 tablespoon ginger juice and taste. Add more as desired. 3 8 YO GAJ O U R N A L .CO M
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  • 35. eati ng w ise ly Go this far, and you can actually unplug. homemade apple pie Making pie crust is a great way to explore the yogic concepts of practice and detachment. The dough needs to be just the right temperature in order to be rolled out: When it’s too cold it won’t budge; when it’s too warm it gets sticky; when it’s been handled too much it will contract slightly as you roll. I like to have store-bought dough in my refrigerator as a backup. Then I feel invincible—just the attitude you need to make a pie from scratch. MAKES 8 TO 10 SERVINGS FOR PIE CRUST 2 1∕2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon sugar 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted cold butter, cut in small cubes 1 ∕4–1∕2 cup ice water FOR APPLE FILLING 8 Gala or Golden Delicious apples, peeled and sliced 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 2 ∕3 cup sugar 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 ∕2 teaspoon nutmeg Pinch of salt 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small cubes FOR EGG WASH 1 egg Splash of milk Our small group adventures in India may not guarantee eternal bliss. But defnitely an incredible curry. 800 970 7299 4 0 YO GAJ O U R N A L .CO M Flour your work area and rolling pin. 6 Roll out one portion of dough, turning it as you go, until you have a circle 11 inches in diameter and 1∕4 inch thick. For easy transfer into the pie dish, roll the dough over the rolling pin, then unroll it into the pie plate, fitting it gently. Roll out the second portion into an 11-inch circle and place onto baking sheet. Refrigerate both while you make the apple filling. 7 Preheat oven to 425°F. Place apples in a bowl. Add flour, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Toss until the apples are well coated. 8 Pour the apple mixture into the pie dish. Scatter the butter over the apples. Lay the circle of dough over the top, and trim off any excess. Crimp the dough together with your fingers so the pie is tightly sealed. You can decorate the edges using the prongs of a fork. Cut 4 slits in the top so steam can escape. 9 In a small bowl, beat egg and milk together with a fork. Brush the top crust evenly with the egg mixture, and place the pie dish on a baking sheet to catch any overflowing juices. 10 Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 375°F and bake for another 30 to 35 minutes. The pie will be golden brown. If the crust starts to burn, you can lay a piece of foil over the top. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool before serving. All recipes courtesy of Chrissy Carter. 1 Place flour, salt, and sugar in a food processor. Pulse until combined. 2 Add the butter to the food processor, and pulse until the butter is the size of peas. Do not overpulse. 3 With food processor running, add 1∕4 to 1 ∕2 cup ice-cold water. Stop the processor when the dough starts to pull together but still appears floury. Do not overmix. 4 Divide the dough in half. Form each half into a ball, then flatten out into a disc with the palm of your hand. Wrap each disc with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 20 minutes. 5 Butter the inside of a 9-inch pie dish, and line a baking sheet with waxed paper. NOVEMBER 2013
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  • 37. Tis Cold Season, Catch... eati ng w ise ly continued from page 36 live your yoga. Some of the best memories are born of the times when nothing goes according to plan—when you’re forced to surrender. It’s often in those moments that you get to know your own resilience and experience a true connection to the moment. One year my apple pie fell apart, and I had no backup plan and a table full of guests awaiting dessert. I decided to scoop out the apple filling and spoon it over some vanilla ice cream. No one knew the difference; in fact, it was a huge hit! It’s often when things fall apart that you realize just how much you limit yourself with your own expectations. Opening yourself up to life often results in experiencing something greater than you could have imagined. SAFETY NET Delicious, berry-flavored Zinc Elderberry Lozenges boost the immune system and soothe the throat. Get the same results with Thera Zinc Throat Spray. Tis Cold Season Don’t Catch Anything Else! Call for free samples 1-800-448-1448 point because there was no connection to the approach. It’s the process of getting into the pose, rather than the pose itself, that reveals the nature of the asana. Cooking is the same: True appreciation of a dish comes from a connection to the process that made it. Learn to let go of your expectation that you need to whip up elaborate food just because it’s Thanksgiving and this can free you from the pitfalls of self-inflicted suffering. It’s perfectly okay to opt out of a challenging recipe if it doesn’t feel right. I’ve learned over the years to ease up on myself by swapping out difficult, timeconsuming recipes for simple, foolproof ones, such as incredible, crispy roasted Brussels sprouts with maple syrup and balsamic vinegar (see page 36), which take about five minutes to prepare before you pop them in the oven. Cooking, like yoga, is about connecting to yourself in the moment. Asana instructions such as “stand equally on all four corners of your feet” become useful only when you can feel them in your own body. Similarly, a recipe is only a guide- Taking risks in the kitchen is about listening to the motivations that drive your efforts. If I’m considering a challenging recipe, such as an apple pie with pastry made from scratch, and I can feel myself getting excited about the process, I go for it. I know that no matter how It’s often when things fall it turns out, it will have been worth it because it was my commitment apart that you realize just to the adventure, not the result, how much you limit yourself that inspired me to be daring in the with your own expectations. first place. If, on the other hand, I stare at the recipe with a sense of dread or expectation, or if I’m hoping that the finished product will prove line. Great cooking happens when you something to myself or to others, then listen to your gut, trust your instincts, and I know that no matter how it turns out, make the recipe your own. Use the Sweet Potato-Ginger Soup (see page 38) as a safe I will not enjoy the fruits of my efforts. Practice your yoga in the kitchen by place to experiment and decide for yourtuning into how you feel as you create self how much spice to add. This year, I’m not nervous. I know that your Thanksgiving menu. Anxiety, doubt, and fear can all be felt in the body and are no matter how the meal turns out, the signs that you need to reevaluate your people who matter most in my life will approach. Focus your attention on the celebrate the love and effort I put into our process of executing what you can man- shared experience. I know that what I’ll remember most is the attitude I choose to age to the best of your abilities. In yoga class, when you can’t get into a bring to the kitchen and the wisdom I’ll challenging pose, the practice is to focus gain from opening up and letting go. ✤ on what you can do and then to do it well. Flailing toward an end result will get you Chrissy Carter is a yoga teacher and writer nowhere, and if somehow you arrive in based in New York City. Learn more at the pose by luck, you will have missed the NOVEMBER 2013
  • 38. by Ni k ki Coste llo basics head-of-the-knee pose janu sirsasana | janu = knee; sirsa = head; asana = posture ▼ “I’M SO INFLEXIBLE I can barely touch my toes.” As a yoga teacher, I hear this again and again. I’ve even seen people spontaneously bend over to reach for their feet to demonstrate their tightness. I try to explain that you don’t have to be flexible when you start practicing yoga: The act of doing yoga helps you build the flexibility and strength you need. Even if you can easily get your hands to your toes in forward-bending poses, that’s not necessarily a good measure of your overall flexibility. What really matters are the actions you take to get them there. If you focus on going deeply into a forward bend, such as the seated forward bend Janu Sirsasana (Head-of-the-Knee Pose), and your hamstrings and glutes are tight, you’ll bend from the spine: The tailbone will tuck under, the upper back will round, and the backs of the knees will pop off the floor. In this case, even though you might still be able to reach your toes, you’d be missing the true benefit of the pose. The goal of a forward bend is not, in fact, to “bend” but instead to fully extend and lengthen your spine while stretching the back of your body—your hamstrings, gluteal muscles, and spinal a deeper stretch After practicing Janu Sirsasana, a one-legged forward bend, you’ll be better prepared for a full, two-legged stretch. Practice the pose several times on each side, and then stretch both legs out and join them in Dandasana (Staff Pose). Reach for both feet and see if you are able to bend forward more easily in Paschimottanasana (Seated Forward Bend). • For detailed instructions on more poses, go to watch Fine-tune your practice of Janu Sirsasana with an online video. Find it at 4 4 YO GAJ O U R N A L .CO M NOVEMBER 2013
  • 40. basi cs muscles—to the extent that’s appropriate for you. Although you don’t want to bend your spine in Janu Sirsasana, there are three joints you do want to bend in the pose: the hips, the knee of the bent leg, and the elbows. Learning to bend in all the right places allows you to create length and extension in the spine. Bending at the hip joints is crucial in any forward bend. It allows the torso to extend forward while the spinal muscles stay relaxed. If your hamstrings and glutes are tight and you feel your tailbone tucking under, sit up on a folded blanket or two. Feel as though you are sitting directly on top of your sitting bones and that your pelvis is tilting forward. Having one knee bent in Janu Sirsasana makes it different from other seated forward bends. The action of bending one leg helps alleviate the pull of tight hamstrings and gluteal muscles on that side of your body. The added mobility allows you to extend the abdomen farther forward. The final bend in the pose is at the elbows. When you clasp your foot (or a strap) and bend your elbows, the pull of the arms helps lift the chest upward, which lengthens the upper spine. And gently pulling the shoulders back helps maintain this extension. Practicing the variations taught here will help you find extension in your spine. In the first variation (see Step 1), focus on balancing your weight evenly on both sitting bones and on stretching your arms upward. Lengthen the sides of the waist equally to lift the spine and tone the abdomen. In the second variation (see Step 2), focus on bending at the hips as you lean forward and hold your foot. Firm your arms to lift your chest and extend it forward as you press the back of your legs to the floor. In the final variation (see Final Pose), lengthen your spine completely from the bottom to the top. Bending your elbows out to the sides allows the chest to further expand and frees the upper spine to move inward toward the heart. 4 6 YO GAJ O U R N A L .CO M Reach your arms tall and press down through your sitting bones. stretch the sides and lift the spine SET IT UP ❉ Resting your hips on a blanket, sit upright, and extend both legs forward. ❉ Bend the right knee, pressing the heel into the inner right thigh, with the toes touching the inner left thigh. ❉ Keep the left leg straight, resting on the center of the calf with the toes pointing up. REFINE As you inhale, extend the arms up. Bring the arms toward the back of the ears, and then take a deeper, fuller breath to extend the arms completely and lift the torso. Extending the spine and stretching the back body in a seated forward bend can have a calming effect. Practicing these poses can improve digestion and soothe the nervous system. You experience these benefits by practicing a progressive series of actions: stretching and releasing tension in the back of the body, bending at the joints with skill and attention, and Keep both sides of the pelvis in line and distribute your weight evenly on both sitting bones. FINISH Lift the bent-leg side of the torso with a little more effort and attention to ensure that the torso lengthens evenly and that your spine is lifted. Create space in the abdomen by pressing the thighs down as you stretch the arms up. Move your shoulder blades in toward the spine and your abdomen back and up under the ribs. Maintain this position for a few breaths to energize your spine. lengthening the spine before folding forward. When you practice Janu Sirsasana this way, not only will touching your toes become easier, but you’ll be getting the benefits of fully extending your spine and expanding your chest. Nikki Costello is a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher living in New York City. NOVEMBER 2013 PHOTOS: DAVID MARTINEZ; MODEL: JENNIFER LANE; STYLIST: LYN HEINEKEN; HAIR/MAKEUP: RACINE CHRISTENSEN; TOP: ALO; LEGGINGS: ELISABETTA ROGIANI; BLANKET: BAREFOOT YOGA CO. ST E P 1
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  • 43. basics ST E P 2 Keep lengthening, not rounding, the spine. extend forward to reach the foot SET IT UP ❉ Resting your hips on a blanket, sit upright and extend both legs forward. ❉ Bend the right knee, pressing the heel into the inner right thigh, and letting the toes touch the inner left thigh. ❉ Keep the left leg straight, resting on the center of the calf with the toes pointing up. ❉ Inhale and extend the arms upward. Exhale, and reach forward to hold the left foot with both hands, or loop a strap around the foot. REFINE Pull strongly on the foot, as you press it into your hands or the strap to lift your torso up. Straighten and fully extend both your arms. Press the entire back of your left leg to the floor, from the upper thigh to the back of the heel, while also pressing the right leg downward. FINISH Lift from the waist to the armpits to create equal length on the sides of your body. Move the back ribs in toward the chest and lift the chest even higher. Continue pressing the outer right thigh and knee down and turn from the right side of the waist until your entire torso is facing forward. Hold this variation for several breaths to lengthen the front of the spine and make the back more concave. elements of practice In hatha yoga asanas, the back of the body is referred to as the west (paschim in Sanskrit) and the front of the body as the east (purva). Both sides are given equal importance and reflect balance and harmony in the body. The sun rises in the east, energizing our bodies for the activity of the day, and sets in the west to prepare our bodies for rest and sleep. When you practice forward-bending poses and stretch the back of your body, you will discover that they can help you relax, become quiet, and even sleep better. NOVEMBER 2013 500-hour ayurvedic yoga teacher training Ready to take your yoga teaching to the next level? Gain new skills for guiding groups and offering private sessions tailored to your clients’ needs. Learn how to balance individual constitutions using doshic principles. Discover Ayurvedic techniques for teaching according to the seasons. do what you love 800.848.8702 mission driven, donor supported stockbridge, massachusetts
  • 44. basics F I N A L P OS E janu sirsasana SET IT UP ❉ Sit upright and extend both legs forward. ❉ Bend the right knee, pressing the heel into the inner right thigh, and letting the toes touch the inner left thigh. ❉ Keep the left leg straight, resting it on the center of the calf with the toes pointing up. ❉ Inhale and extend the arms up. ❉ Exhale and reach forward to hold the left foot with both hands or loop a strap around the foot. REFINE Press both legs down as you lift the waist toward the armpit. Use your inhalation to draw the abdomen back and up while you spread and lift the come home to yourself. chest. Maintain the steady effort of the legs and arms as you exhale and stay in the pose. Inhale again and extend the front of your body forward until the hips fold more deeply. On your exhalation, bend your elbows directly to the sides and broaden the collarbones and chest. Keep the elbows lifted and wide apart. FINISH With each breath lengthen the front of the spine and move the back muscles into the body. Now the knee, hips, shoulders, elbows, and wrists are all bending to support your spine to extend. ✤ Fully extend your spine as you fold forward. Juggling lifeÕs demands can make it challenging to stay centered. To get back to yourself, sometimes you have to take time out. ThatÕs what the Kripalu R&R Retreat is all about. No matter which yoga classes, inspiring workshops, or outdoor activities you choose, it always adds up to the same optimize your pose Explore these modifications of Janu Sirsasana. thing: a happier, healthier you. R&R Retreat come home to yourself. or 800.741.7353 mission driven, donor supported stockbridge, massachusetts To open your hips Move the thigh and knee of your bent leg farther out to the side, while still keeping the outer knee down. To relieve knee pain Place a rolled-up sock or a strap behind the back of your bent knee to make more space for the joint. To lengthen your spine If you can reach your toes with your hands, reach beyond the foot and clasp one wrist with the opposite hand. To quiet the mind Place a blanket or bolster across your shin and rest your head on it. Relax here with even breathing for 2 minutes. NOVEMBER 2013
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  • 47. living yoga by Ka te Ho lcombe ultimate practice Yoga promises to free us from suffering—even the kind that comes from life’s most difficult experiences. SUBMAN/GETTY IMAGES WHEN PEOPLE ASK ME why I became a yoga teacher, I tell them it’s because I was lucky enough to have been hit by a motorcycle while studying social work in southern India 22 years ago. But that is only part of the story. It is also true that after the accident, my teacher, friend, and mentor, Mary Louise Skelton, a longtime student of yoga master T. Krishnamacharya, took me to see his son, T. K.V. Desikachar, to help me get better. Not only did I recover from my injuries, but my chronic insomnia and headaches also disappeared. But what really inspired me to teach yoga to those who are sick and suffering and make yoga’s tools accessible to others through my work at Healing Yoga Foundation was spending the last three weeks of Mary Louise’s life with her a few years later. It was then, sitting with her each day as she was dying from metastatic breast cancer, that I really “got it.” I had understood how yoga helped me heal after my acci dent and how it could help others with physical issues. I knew that yoga could help one become stronger and more flexible, sleep better, and feel more relaxed. But what astounded me as I sat with Mary Lou each day was how yoga was such a positive support for her, even in the process of dying. Here was a woman in her early sixties who had a loving husband and family, grandchildren, devoted students, and much she still wanted to see and do. She certainly did not want to die. She was also in considerable pain. And yet, knowing her death was imminent, she was not suffering. We had many talks those days—about life, yoga, and how delicious butterscotch was, all the important stuff. In these conNOVEMBER 2013 YO GAJ O U R N A L .CO M 5 3
  • 48. l i vi n g yo g a versations, she was so clear, so calm, so present. It was evident to me how much her yoga practice was supporting her in the dying process, and that this was the result of her years of dedicated practice. BEYOND THE BODY Tada drastuh svarupe avasthanam As a result of yoga or sustained, focused attention, the Self or Seer is firmly established in its own form, and we act from a place from our own true, authentic Self. YOGA SUTRA I.3 How is it that yoga can be such a powerful support, even when the body is not able to do asana practice or even to sit to do certain breathing practices? First and foremost, yoga is for the mind, not the body. (Though asana and other practices involving the body can be a useful way to influence and refine the mind, and the body can certainly benefit.) Yoga Sutra 1.3 says that as a result of yoga or sustained, focused attention, the Self or Seer (drastuh) is established (avasthanam) in its own form (svarupe). In other words, by focusing and refining the mind through yoga, you gain clearer perception and learn to distinguish the mind, body, and emotions from your true essence or Self. You come to know that Self and act from that place of the Self, thus reducing your experience of suffering. Tatah pratyakcetanadhigamah api antarayabhavasca Then, the inner conscious is revealed, we come to know the true Self, and our obstacles are reduced. YOGA SUTRA I.29 In Sutra 1.29, Patanjali tells us that as a result of yoga practice (tatah), and specifically the surrender to a higher power (isvara pranidhana), our inner conscious (pratyakcetana) is revealed (adhigamah), and we experience a reduction (abhava) in the obstacles (antaraya) we may face. Patanjali lists nine potential obstacles in the next sutra, beginning with illness 5 4 YO GAJ O U R N A L .CO M or disease (vyadhi), but tells us that they need be obstacles for us only if the mind is disturbed. If we can connect with the Self, we are less likely to be disturbed and will therefore suffer less. If it sounds simple, it isn’t. It’s one thing to understand Patanjali’s logic and promise of kaivalyam, or independence from suffering. It’s entirely another to practice consistently enough to actually experience it. But this is why we practice. The tools Patanjali offers throughout the Yoga Sutra are designed to help quiet all the distractions of the mind, including patterns and ways of thinking that may be dragging you down. As you go through this process, you begin to know the difference between your fluctuating and impermanent mind, body, and emotions, and something else deep within you. When you recognize the impermanent parts of you as distinct and separate from that steady, quiet, knowing place of your true Self (which Patanjali describes as pure, unchanging, and permanent), you begin to cultivate a greater connection with that authentic Self. From this place of connection, you can observe your emotions and reactions and recognize them as separate from your true nature, valid and painful though they may be. This is the promise of yoga. And while the process of getting there may not be simple, the end result is easy to understand: We feel better. YOGA IN ACTION For the last several years, I have taught yoga as part of the Commonweal Cancer Help Program in Bolinas, California. I work with many people with cancer on these retreats, and I work one-on-one with people with cancer and other lifethreatening illness almost every day in my work at Healing Yoga Foundation. At the start of each retreat, I sit with the participants to give them an orientation to yoga and what we will be practicing together. It is always a diverse group in terms of gender, ages, types of cancers, and stages of disease. Many have done some form of yoga, and all have some idea of what yoga is. Some are concerned they will not be able to “do” the postures. Many are dealing with pain, anxiety, fear, and side effects from treatment. Often their bodies have changed drastically, assaulted by disease, surgery, and treatment, and they cannot do what they used to. “How can I do yoga when I am in pain?” “What is the point?” and many other questions along these lines arise. What I tell them is that while I am trained to adapt the practice we do as a group to each of their individual needs, and will make sure they are safe and comfortable; and while I surely hope to help increase their comfort and reduce their pain and other physical, mental, and emotional symptoms, the real point of what we are doing together is something very different. My real goal, I tell them, is to help empower them with tools and practices they can do anywhere, in any circumstance—waiting in the doctor’s office, getting a scan, receiving a chemo infusion, riding the bus. These practices can quiet the distractions of the mind and help each person connect to that still, deep place within, that resource of wisdom and inner knowing, great resilience and strength, deep joy and peace, and the shining light of one’s own, true authentic Self. Yes, I tell them, the many practices of yoga, including stretching, movement, deep breathing, and meditation can be wonderful in and of themselves, but each is just one of many tools offered by Patanjali to help us reach the real goal of yoga: to distinguish between the mind and the Self, to connect with and act from that place of the Self, and, as a result, to suffer less. I also tell them the story of sitting with Mary Lou each day—about her incredible grace, clarity, and calm, and of seeing yoga work in a way that changed my life forever. No matter what your physical challenges or your time of life, yoga’s tools can help you connect with the Self and face even the most difficult challenges with peace and equanimity. As my teacher, T.K.V. Desikachar, used to tell me that his father, T. Krishnamacharya, would say, “As long as there is breath, we can do yoga.” ✤ Kate Holcombe is the founder and executive director of the Healing Yoga Foundation in San Francisco. Learn more at NOVEMBER 2013
  • 49. master class 1 w it h A nni e Car penter shape shifter Let the ebb and flow of your breath help you find your way into this challenging forward bend. THE FINAL PHASE of Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana (Extended Hand-to-Big-Toe Pose) is a doozy. After five breaths of balancing on one leg with the other leg lifted off the floor at 90 degrees, you forward bend over the lifted leg, bringing your shin toward your nose and nose toward your shin. Is it really possible to do this with a sense of ease and grace? you ask. With practice, it is. It begins, like so many things in yoga, with the breath. The pose requires open hamstrings, strong core muscles, and balance, for sure, but also a palpable understanding of the breath and how it supports transitions into and out of the poses. Practicing this pose with awareness can teach you how using your breath can lead to depth and ease. Try this: Sit tall on a cushion or blanket, and bring attention to your breath. Begin Ujjayi Pranayama (Victorious Breath) with your inhalations and exhalations balanced in length and volume. Then begin to add a short pause after your exhalations. Gradually you’ll notice that as you inhale, the breath moves down, and the front body—from the pubic bone up to the top of your sternum—subtly expands, moving your spine in the direction of a backbend. As you exhale, the spine tends to round as your breath moves up and out. If you continue to breathe like this, you’ll find that the base of your pubic bone moves back at the top of the inhalations and your tailbone gently curls under at the end of your exhalations. If you can comfortably pause after your exhalations, you’ll experience a natural hollowing in your belly and a lift from the base of your pelvis. This natural pattern of breathing is the reason that we exhale when we come into forward bends and inhale as we come out of them. Next, try it on all fours, in Cat-Cow Pose. As you inhale, gaze up, creating a slight backbend. Exhale, and round your spine, drawing your head down and curling your tailbone under. Continue this pattern, and again, try pausing briefly after the exhalations. You’ll observe a natural lift in your belly and a deepening into the round shape without any more effort. » 2 Warm-up your hamstrings and hips while you hollow and lift the belly. 3 Build power in your core as you simultaneously warm up your spine and legs. 4 Set up a strong foundation before you move into the forward-bending phase of the pose. Do yoga with Annie Carpenter at the San Francisco Yoga Journal Conference, January 16–20, 2014! Learn more at 5 6 YO GAJ O U R N A L .CO M NOVEMBER 2013 PHOTOS: KATRINE NALEID; MODEL: ANNIE CARPENTER; STYLIST: MICAH BISHOP/ARTIST UNTIED ; HAIR/MAKEUP: RACINE CHRISTENSEN; TOP: PRANA; BOTTOM: ELISABETTA ROGIANI Learn to create an internal lift of the pelvic floor without overworking the abdominals.
  • 50. Ride the wave of your breath in this version of Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana. NOVEMBER 2013 YO GAJ O U R N A L .CO M 5 7
  • 51. ma ster cla ss You’ll use your breath in a similar way to support you in the last phase of Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana. As you inhale, you’ll focus on lengthening your spine; as you exhale, you’ll feel the breath initiate the movement of curling your tailbone under until your spine naturally folds over your leg. As you work dynamically with the breath and pose, you’ll also find your breath capacity increasing. You’ll be able to take a fuller inhalation and really get all the breath out as you exhale. Over time your capacity to pause and retain the breath after both the inhalation and the exhalation will begin to grow as well. Explore inhaling fully and then pause. As you retain the breath, you might sense your pose expand with no more effort. In the pause after the exhalation you’ll feel your belly hollow and, subsequently, a sense of lightness and ease in your body. You might even find yourself naturally moving more deeply into the pose. BEFORE YOU BEGIN Before you do the sequence below, try the breathwork exploration described above. Then come to Tadasana (Mountain Pose) and warm up with a few simple rounds of Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation). Be sure to sync the breath with each movement. UDDIYANA BANDHA Upward Abdominal Lock Tap into the natural core lift that a complete exhalation brings. Uddiyana is translated as “flying up.” In this posture, you’ll create an internal lift of your pelvic floor and abdominal muscles, which you will sustain by holding the breath. At first you’ll feel as though you are working the abdominal muscles, but you’ll find that as you become more aware of how to use your breath, less physical effort is needed to maintain the lift. Stand with your feet wider than your hips and with your legs and feet slightly rotated open. Inhale, and lift your arms; exhale, bend your knees, and place your hands high on your thighs. Keep pressing your breath out and straighten your arms, grounding your thighs and stabilizing your 5 8 YO GAJ O U R N A L .CO M torso. When you are completely empty of air, draw your pelvic floor together and up, pull your belly back and up, and hold here for as long as you comfortably can. Then release all of the lifting actions, inhale, and slowly stand. Take a recovery breath and repeat twice more. Over time, you will be able to hold your exhalation longer and feel a greater internal lift. The feeling is deep and exhilarating, as though you were internally reversing the pull of gravity. It is easy to overwork in this bandha; you’ll know you’re getting it right when there’s no hardening or gripping, but rather an updraft of breath and subtle energy. Note: This is a strong, advanced practice and should be practiced on an empty stomach. It is contraindicated if you are pregnant or are on your menstrual cycle. PRASARITA PADOTTANASANA Wide-Legged Standing Forward Bend Create deep flexion in your hips while you release the back of your legs. Stand with your legs about one leg’s distance apart with your feet parallel to each other. Place your hands on your hips. Press your feet down, and lift your arches, firming your legs. Inhale, lift your chest, and gaze up. Exhale, and fold forward and down from your hips. Place your hands on the floor shoulder-width apart. Press through your palms, and keeping your arms straight, inhale to lengthen your spine forward. (If your hips or hamstrings are tight, come to your fingertips.) Exhale, and fold all the way down, placing the crown of your head on the mat (or allow it to hang straight down). Repeat this three more times, dynamically: Inhale, straighten your arms, and lengthen forward; exhale, and fold from your hips, head down. Try a brief pause after your exhalations and observe how your inner body lifts from the base of your pelvic floor toward your crown. Then, keep your head down and hold the pose for five breaths. Keep lifting the arches of your feet and hugging in the tops of your thighs. Sense the elongation of your spine on the inhalations; deepen the fold on the exhalations. Continue to pause briefly after the exhalations and sense a residual internal lift from Uddiyana Bandha. To release the pose, inhale, straighten your arms, and lengthen your spine. Exhale, bring your hands to your hips, and gently lift your belly. Inhale to stand. ARDHA NAVASANA Half Boat Pose, variation Build power in your core. Lie on your back, legs straight, with your feet at a wall. Scoot yourself in toward the wall, walking your feet up the wall about a foot or two. Press the balls of your feet into the wall and firm your legs vigorously. Activate your whole body as though you were doing Tadasana on your back, with your arms reaching toward the wall. Inhale; then as you exhale, press your navel down, rounding your lower back. Curl your tailbone gently up and into your body to help you lift your upper body off the floor. Reach your arms forward and press the balls of your feet into the wall. Inhaling as slowly as you can, roll back down to the mat, keeping your legs firm. Repeat for four cycles: Exhale, and round your spine, lifting up; pause, inhale slowly, and return back to the floor. Keep driving your feet into the wall and rooting the top of your thighbones back into their respective hamstrings on the inhalations. See that you’re lifting from your belly, not your neck. Maintain a long neck by pressing your head back in space. If your neck is tender, you can interlace your hands behind your head and press the head gently into your hands as you come up. On your exhalations hollow the belly back and draw the tailbone in. Then, on your fifth exhalation remain in the pose, breathing as deeply as you can. Try to pause briefly after each exhalation to cultivate the natural internal lift of your pelvic floor and abdominal muscles. It will give you both more depth and ease in the pose. When you’re ready, inhale, slowly release down, and rest. » NOVEMBER 2013
  • 52. m aste r class UTTHITA HASTA PADANGUSTHASANA Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat Bahamas Expand your horizons Experience the beneÀts of a spiritual practice as you retreat from the stressors of your daily routine and discover a healthier, happier you. Practice yoga on spacious platforms shaded by swaying palms, or facing the Caribbean. Meditate with the sunrise and sunset. Enjoy talks and workshops by world renowned speakers: Swami Swaroopananda Krishna Das Amy Weintraub John Douillard Joe Dispenza Snatam Kaur Russill Paul Stephen Sinatra Gauravani Jai Uttal David Newman Marc Halpern Edwin Bryant Kam Thye Chow Radhanath Swami Roshi Bernie Glassman Rubin Naiman Matthew Fox Vianna Stibal Maya Tiwari Amit Goswami And many others... Yoga Teachers’ Training Courses: Dec 4 - 31, 2013 VE AL IZE U NI TY Jan 4 - 31, 2014 • Feb 3 - Mar 2, 2014 • • May 5 - Jun 1, 2014 Mar 5 - M E D I TAT E S E RV O • • Apr 4 - May 1, 2014 RE EL Apr 1, 2014 IN DIVER SI Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat Bahamas TY 6 0 YO GAJ O U R N A L .CO M 1.866.446.5934 1.242.363.2902 Extended Hand-to-Big-Toe Pose, preparation Test your balance in this intense hamstring stretch. Begin in Tadasana with your hands on your hips. Take a big inhalation and shift your weight onto your left foot. Exhaling, bring your right leg up, hooking your big toe with the first two fingers and thumb of your right hand. (You may use a strap if you cannot keep your legs straight.) Bring your attention to your left leg: Press down steadily through your foot, and lift the kneecap. Press the top of your thigh back to keep your pelvis upright, not tucked. Now, bring your attention to your right leg: Press through the ball of your big toe, and spread the toes. Draw the kneecap up to straighten the leg. Press the top of the thigh down to keep your pelvis and lower back level. Draw your right arm back into its shoulder socket to square your shoulders and chest to the front. Then move your shoulder blades forward to lift and open your chest and to help you elongate up through the crown of your head. Steady your gaze at the tips of your lifted toes and breathe smoothly and steadily for five cycles. Observe the subtle movements that the breath creates, even as you hold steady in the pose. Release the toe and slowly lower your leg. Repeat on the second side. UTTHITA HASTA PADANGUSTHASANA Extended Hand-to-Big-Toe Pose Unite breath and movement to create ease and depth in this powerful forward bending pose. Begin in Tadasana. Inhale deeply, then exhale, and lift your right leg up for Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana; hook the toe. Take a full inhalation to establish yourself in the pose. Then as you exhale, lift your right leg a little higher as you fold your torso over it. » NOVEBMER 2013
  • 53. Asana Pranayama Meditation Ayurveda Devotion Community Reflection Philosophy Selfless Service TRAINING TEACHERS SINCE 1978 YOGA TEACHER TRAINING & PROGRAMS Nestled in 355 acres of redwoods overlooking Monterey Bay near Santa Cruz, California. ONGOING Yoga Teacher Training 200 & 500 hour Programs JAN 24 – 29 Going Deeper A focused meditation retreat NOV 5 – 9 & DEC 3 – 7 Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training BEGINS EVERY 3 MONTHS Yoga, Service & Community A residential service learning program DEC 23 – JAN 1 Annual New Year’s Yoga Retreat 408.846.4064 / 62 YO GAJ O U R N A L .CO M REACH BEYOND ASANA m aste r class Stay for four cycles of breath. On your inhalations, ground your left foot and root the top of your thigh back as you expand your chest. On your exhalations, lift your right leg and gently round over the leg. Try to pause briefly after the exhalations and sense the hollowing of your belly. On your fifth exhalation remain in the forward bend, breathing as fully as you can. If possible, hold your right wrist with your left hand. Bring your awareness to the subtle shape changes that your breath creates. You should feel a bit more spacious and grounded on the inhalations and experience a lightness and deepening of the pose on the exhalations. If your leg isn’t very high, allow yourself to fold and round more deeply in an effort to bring the nose to the knee. If your leg is higher, the spine will be longer and straighter— either way, let the exhalations bring you in deeper. Try to let go of tension and experience the effortlessness of your internal lift. To come out, inhale, stand tall with your chest opening fully, and exhale as you slowly lower your straight leg to Tadasana. Repeat on your second side. After completing this sequence, move through one final Sun Salutation. First take Urdhva Mukha Svanasana (UpwardFacing Dog Pose) for a few breaths before Adho Mukha Svanasana (DownwardFacing Dog Pose). Then lie on your back. Take an easy reclined twist on both sides and rest in Savasana (Corpse Pose). Finish in a simple seated pose, observing the calm inner focus you’ve created. Working intimately with your breath has many rewards. It hones your attention, allowing you to witness constant change as the breath comes and goes. You’ll sense how each pose affects your breath, and devote yourself to the subtle effects breath has on each pose. You’ll find a lightness in your practice as you replace muscular effort with breath support. And you may find yourself playing with a pose that you thought was beyond your reach, gracefully making your way, riding on the wave of your breath. ✤ Annie Carpenter teaches SmartFlow Yoga classes and teacher trainings at Exhale Center for Sacred Movement in Venice, California. NOVEBMER 2013
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  • 56. home practice with Cla ire Miss ingham free flow PHOTOS: MICHAEL WINOKUR; MODEL: JASON BOWMAN; STYLIST: LYN HEINEKEN; GROOMING: VERONICA SJOEN; TOP: OLD NAVY; PANTS: PRANA; BLANKET: BAREFOOT YOGA CO. Shake things up with a practice that lets you see your habits in a whole new light. the practice This vinyasa sequence opens the hips and freshens your perspective by asking you to rethink actions that may be second nature to you in asana practice. For example, you might always clasp your hands with the same fingers on top or do poses on your right side first. The poses in this sequence offer small variations to draw your attention to your habits—and how it feels to change them. NOVEMBER 2013 mind-body benefits key focal points When the teachers at Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram in India want to stimulate ida nadi (the left energy channel along the chakras), they begin standing poses with the left foot forward. If you usually start on your right side, do the opposite, and enjoy the focused, meditative quality ida nadi can bring to practice. When you consciously change a habitual action, it’s natural to feel a moment of discomfort or uncertainty. Be patient with yourself as you move through the poses, and observe any discomfort. Remind yourself that bringing awareness to your habits can open you up to new ways of doing things, on and off your mat. YO GAJ O U R N A L .CO M 6 5
  • 57. home practice w it h C l ai re Mi ssi n g h am 1 SIDDHASANA 2 UTTANASANA BEFORE YOU BEGIN ADEPT’S POSE, VARIATION STANDING FORWARD BEND Take 2 to 4 rounds of Surya Namas- Sit cross-legged with an open chest and tall Stand up with your feet hip-distance apart. kars (Sun Salutations) to warm-up, spine. Interlace your hands. (Remember Interlace your fingers (with the atypical and end in Tadasana (Mountain Pose). which leg is in front and which fingers are fingers on top) behind you. Relax your neck, Take 5 breaths in each of the following on top for later.) Stretch your arms over- fold over your legs, and bring your hands poses, unless otherwise noted. head, and turn your palms up. over. To exit, slowly roll up to standing. 6 VASISTHASANA 7 PRASARITA PADOTTANASANA 8 VATAYANASANA WITH GARUDASANA SIDE PLANK POSE, VARIATION WIDE-LEGGED STANDING FORWARD BEND ARMS HORSE POSE WITH ARMS IN Roll onto the outside of your left foot. Stack Come up to standing, and take a big step EAGLE POSE your hips, and reach your tailbone toward out to the side. Interlace your fingers the Slowly roll up, turn your feet out, and sit your heels. Raise your right arm, and gaze irregular way behind you. Hinge at your low. Raise your arms in front, elbows bent. at your top middle finger. To exit, roll down hips to fold forward, and bring your clasped Cross your right elbow on top of your left, onto your toes, and return the upper hand hands over toward the floor. and wrap your forearms and hands. Gently REPEAT POSES 3 THROUGH 6 ON OTHER SIDE sway your body 6 times. Then switch arms. to mat. Repeat poses 3 to 6 on other side. REPEAT POSES 11 THROUGH 13 ON OTHER SIDE 12 PIGEON POSE 13 REVOLVED PIGEON POSE 14 VIKASITAKAMALASANA Bring your left shin close to parallel to the Bring your right elbow to the outside BLOSSOMING LOTUS POSE front edge of the mat. Press your pelvis of your left knee, palms together in prayer Come to sit with the soles of your feet to- to the floor or to stacked blankets under position, and twist to the left from deep gether. Root your sitting bones down. your left thigh. Square your hips, and lift in your belly. Come out of the twist, and Raise your feet, thread your forearms under your belly. Press your fingertips into the repeat poses 11 to 13 on the other side. your knees, and join thumbs and forefingers floor firmly to expand your chest up. 6 6 YO GAJ O U R N A L .CO M together. Exit and come back to sitting. NOVEMBER 2013
  • 58. 3 VIRABHADRASANA I 4 PARIVRTTA PARSVAKONASANA 5 PLANK POSE WARRIOR POSE I REVOLVED SIDE ANGLE POSE, VARIATION Release the twist. Place your palms flat on On an inhalation, step your right foot Exhale, and bring your hands to prayer the mat on either side of your front foot, back into a lunge. With control, turn your position at your chest. Hook your right and step back into Plank Pose. Draw your right heel down and your toes out 45 elbow outside your left knee to come into belly in and lengthen through your spine, degrees. Reach your arms overhead while a twist. Gaze up over your left shoulder. reaching your head forward and extending you lift your chest. your heels back. 9 ARDHA USTRASANA 10 DHANURASANA BOW POSE 11 THREE-LEGGED DOWNWARD-FACING HALF CAMEL POSE Lie on your stomach and reach back to hold DOG POSE Come to kneeling. Draw up and in through onto your inner ankles. Press your belly, Release your ankles, and come down to the your navel. Raise your left arm back, and thighs, and groin into the mat. Feel your mat. Place your palms by your shoulders, place your right hand on the sole of your spine move forward, and contract your ham- and press back into Downward-Facing Dog. right foot. Focus on the length in your strings and glutes. Keep your neck long with Raise your left leg, keeping your hips paral- sides without twisting your hips. Inhale to the gaze gently forward, your thighs firm, lel. Imagine a line from your raised third toe, come up. Then repeat on the other side. and tailbone tucked under. and press it back as you spread your toes. 15 PASCHIMOTTANASANA 16 SIDDHASANA TO FINISH SEATED FORWARD BEND ADEPT’S POSE, VARIATION Lie down on your back, and enjoy Savasana Extend your legs forward on the mat, and Sit cross-legged with clasped hands as you (Corpse Pose) for at least 5 minutes. Feel flex your feet. Take your first two fingers did in pose 1, this time with the opposite leg the belly open and spacious, and aim to around your big toes. Inhale; lift your in front and fingers on top. Raise your arms relax the shoulders, arms, and legs. heart. Exhale, lengthen your spine, and overhead. Breathe, and notice any differ- fold over your legs for 10 breaths. ence from the beginning of your practice. NOVEMBER 2013 YO GAJ O U R N A L .CO M 67
  • 59. India’s ancient system of medicine offers simple practices you can do to balance your energy and boost your health. IF WAKING UP IS A STRUGGLE, midday finds you crashing, and you’re restless and alert at bedtime, it may be time to reset your clock. According to Ayurveda, yoga’s 5,000-year-old sister science, one of the keys to good health and feeling great all day long is living in tune with nature’s cycles. Literally and energetically, that means rising and setting with the sun. To help you align your system more closely with the cycles of nature, Ayurvedic tradition recommends a routine of morning and nighttime practices collectively known as dinacharya. These rituals are designed to give you calm, focused, sustainable energy to support meditation, yoga, and everything you do throughout the day. “When I do my dinacharya, there’s a sense that I’m taking really good care of me,” says Kathryn Templeton, founder of the Himalayan Institute’s Ayurvedic yoga specialist training program and an Ayurvedic practitioner in New Haven, Connecticut. “My ability to meditate, teach, parent, and practice feels steadier and easier. And I experience more peace of mind.” To get back in sync, make over your daily routine with the simple Ayurvedic practices on the following pages. The morning practices are cleansing and energizing; they’ll infuse you with a calm sense of presence. The evening ones will help you wind down for a restful sleep. Movement, such as yoga asana, and meditation are also essential to dinacharya. Consider incorporating asana before breakfast and meditation in the morning and evening. Choose one or two of these practices to start, and after a week, take note of your energy level and mood. Then add a few more and repeat the observation process. Over time, these practices may become as routine as brushing your teeth. by Shannon Sexton photography by Trinette Reed & Chris Gramly
  • 60. Rise According to Ayurveda, the predawn hours are dominated by vata dosha, a subtle energy that actually makes it easier to get out of bed. Waking before sunrise fills you with vibrant energy for the rest of the day. On the other hand, if you wake up after sunrise, a time dominated by kapha’s heavy, earthy energy, you’re likely to feel sluggish. Predawn is also considered an auspicious time of day because its atmosphere is still and quiet, making it easier to turn inward and meditate, says Templeton. To flush out any germs, pollen, dust, or congestion that have accumulated overnight, try jala neti, a nasal cleansing technique that rinses the sinuses with warm saline with the aid of a teapot-like vessel called a neti pot. Jala neti is a nice prelude to a morning pranayama or meditation practice. According to yoga tradition, it equalizes the flow of breath between the nostrils and balances the ida and pingala nadis—two energy channels that pave the way for inner exploration. Pour a cup of warm water (sterilized or distilled) into a neti pot. Add 1∕4 teaspoon of noniodized salt (kosher or sea salt), stirring until it dissolves. Insert the spout into your left nostril, lean over the sink, and tilt your head slightly to the right so the water flows through the sinus passages and out of the right nostril. Gently blow your nose and repeat on the other side. (Watch a demonstration at When you’re finished, lie on your back, tilt your head back, and put a few drops of warm sesame oil or ghee (clarified butter) in your nostrils. Cleanse Ayurveda recommends a practice called tongue scraping to remove the coating that appears overnight, which contains ama, or toxins, said to eventually cause illness. Using a tongue scraper, gently comb your tongue from back to front several times. Rinse the scraper between sessions. Doing this before you brush your teeth is thought to stimulate the digestive response and get your body thinking about its first meal. Sip Before you brush your teeth, eat, or drink coffee, mix the juice of half a lemon in a cup of warm water (with an optional pinch of rock salt and 1∕2 teaspoon of honey), and drink up. According to Valencia Porter, MD, director of integrative medicine at the Chopra Center for Wellbeing in Carlsbad, California, this drink flushes the kidneys and gastrointestinal tract and stimulates your agni (digestive fire) so you’re ready to metabolize breakfast. 70 YO GAJ O U R N A L .CO M NOVEMBER 2013 SHOT ON LOCATION AT SOLAGE CALISTOGA; STYLIST: JASMINE HAMED; HAIR/MAKEUP: LISA STRUTZ/AUBRI BALK INC.; ROBE (PAGE 68) & TOWELS: COYUCHI Rinse
  • 61. Massage According to Ayurveda, massaging your body with warm, pure oils promotes detoxification and moisturizes skin—especially in the drier fall and winter months. It also stimulates circulation and quiets the nervous system. Treat yourself to a 10-minute abhyanga, traditionally performed in the morning. Porter suggests standing on a towel in your bathroom with warmed, organic, cold-pressed sesame oil at the ready. Using circular strokes, begin with your scalp, followed by your face and neck. Apply oil to your palms as needed, and work your way down one shoulder, arm, wrist, and hand, using long, upand-down strokes along your limbs and circular strokes on your joints. Repeat on the other side. Massage your chest and back, and then gently massage your abdomen in a clockwise direction. Rub your hips in a circular motion, and massage one leg at a time, using long strokes on your leg bones and circular strokes on the joints. If you have time, relax and let the oil soak in for 10 to 20 minutes. Then, standing on a wet towel in the shower to prevent slipping, scrub off with a mild cleanser. (Don’t want to put oil on your scalp or face? You can use your dry fingertips instead.)
  • 62. Infuse Dim As the sun goes down, lower the lights in your home to signal to body and mind that the frenetic pace of the day’s activities is coming to an end—and that it’s time to stop being “on.” According to modern Ayurvedic experts like Porter, that means minimizing screen time on your electronic devices for at least an hour before bed, too. Wind down by reading something uplifting or spending time with your family or friends. As night falls, light a stick of incense or a sandalwood and vanilla candle. Or add a few drops of these aromas, in the form of essential oils, to a warm bath. From an Ayurvedic perspective, says Porter, these scents have a calming, balancing, grounding effect. “When we consistently associate these aromas with a particular state of being, such as relaxation, we create a memory in the brain,” she says. “The next time we breathe in these aromas, our neurophysiology remembers that state of relaxation.” Soothe “There are several marma points, or Ayurvedic pressure points, on the foot that correspond to the entire body,” says Hilary Garivaltis, dean of the Kripalu School of Ayurveda in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. “Doing a foot massage, you can relax the entire body in just a few minutes.” Wash and dry your feet. Apply warmed, organic, cold-pressed sesame oil to one foot at a time, using your palms to rub the sole from heel to toe in small circular motions. Repeat on the top of the foot. Massage the ankle, followed by the sides of the foot. Interlace your fingers between your toes, gently push the foot to flex and point, and make clockwise and counterclockwise circles. Beginning with the little toe, rub each toe gently, and apply a little pressure in the webbing. Finally, pull each toe slightly, and put on clean cotton socks to sleep in. Savor Before bed, heat a cup of organic whole milk until it boils. Add a pinch of ground cardamom, nutmeg (spices that, in Ayurveda, are said to promote sleep), and cinnamon (to aid digestion). Let it cool a bit and add honey to taste. Warm whole milk is used in Ayurveda as an insomnia remedy. Don’t drink milk? Sip chamomile, valerian, or lemon balm tea. 72 YO GAJ O U R N A L .CO M NOVEMBER 2013
  • 63. Breathe To calm yourself for sleep, or before you sit for evening meditation, spend a few minutes doing Nadi Shodhana (also known as alternate nostril breathing). This cleansing breath practice calms the nervous system and, on a more subtle level, opens and balances the sushumna nadi, an energy channel that quiets and steadies the mind. Place your right thumb over your right nostril to close the airway. Inhale through the left nostril, and then use your ring finger to close off the left nostril. Lift your thumb, and exhale out of the right nostril. Breathing in through the right nostril and putting your thumb over your right nostril again, exhale out of your left nostril. This completes a single round; try to do 5 to 10 rounds per sitting. “This practice helps you transition from activity to stillness,” relaxing the body and mind, Porter says. (Watch a demonstration of Nadi Shodhana at nadishodhanademo.) ✤ BEDDING: COYUCHI; SHIRT: GAP; PAJAMA BOTTOMS: CALVIN KLEIN Shannon Sexton is a regular contributor to Yoga Journal. Her poems and creative nonfiction have been anthologized in five books including the series Stories from Where We Live.
  • 64. baby LOVE Prenatal yoga can prepare your mind, body, and spirit for motherhood. W hen I became pregnant with PRENATAL YOGA 101 my son, I couldn’t wait to try Beyond my image of a yoga studio filled with prenatal yoga. My pregnancy pregnant women, I expected prenatal yoga had been a long time coming, and for years, to be similar to a gentle or restorative class. while struggling with infertility, I’d imag- Prenatal yoga isn’t simply gentle yoga but ined myself in yoga class with other mamas- rather a practice—at times an active, ener- to-be, stretched out over a bolster, a hand getic one—uniquely designed for pregnancy, placed gently on my growing belly. I finally says Britt Fohrman, a prenatal yoga teacher walked into my first prenatal class when I and doula (trained labor assistant) in the San was 12 weeks pregnant, elated but also tired, Francisco Bay Area. Restorative poses are an nauseated, and headachy. Little did important part of prenatal practice, I realize that the skills I’d learn there would not only ease the but most classes include a range of they’d also prepare me for the photography by often physically challenging and birth of my son. NOVEMBER 2013 by Jessica Berger Gross poses that are specifically tailored discomforts of pregnancy, but David Martinez also emotionally supportive. » to pregnant bodies. Classes are YO GAJ O U R N A L .CO M 75
  • 65. Strong and soft Practice this sequence throughout pregnancy to create strength and suppleness both physically and emotionally. This balance will create more ease throughout your pregnancy and can be helpful during childbirth, too. If you’re short on time, you can do the sequence in 20 minutes. But if you can, give yourself more time to settle in to each pose, to fully work your muscles, and to deeply relax. (Pregnancy is different for everyone: Be sure to get your health-care provider’s OK before you try yoga.) VIRASANA hero pose with happy baby breathing The inspiration for this practice comes from the tiniest yogis. You try to create the breathing of a content and happy infant: full, deep, and easy. This type of breathing calms the nervous system and increases the flow of oxygen to the uterus, supporting both mom and baby. Many women find it helpful to do happy baby breathing during labor and birth, too. Come onto hands and knees and place a folded VIRASANA hero pose with goddess arms Mothering requires many hours of baby-holding. This simple pose will stretch and strengthen your upper back, shoulders, and arms to help prepare you. Inhale and reach your arms out, bending the elbows slightly with your palms facing up. Start by holding this position for 1 or 2 minutes, and work up to holding it for 4 to 5 minutes. The hold is harder than it looks and 76 YO GAJ O U R N A L .CO M blanket, small pillow, or block between your ankles, then sit back onto your prop. Bring your hands to your belly, and close your eyes. Allow your focus to move inward as you deepen your breath. Root down through your sitting bones as you lengthen your spine and reach the crown of your head up. This will maximize the space inside for your breath and your baby. With each inhalation, feel a sense of fullness as the belly expands. As you exhale, sink your belly gently back toward the spine as though you are giving your baby a hug. Practice for 3 to 5 minutes or longer, if you can. requires strong mental focus. When you are feeling challenged, it may be helpful to remember that this posture prepares you to hold your sweet baby— they start small, but they grow. Close your eyes and direct your awareness inward. Deepen the breath and visualize your baby floating inside of you. Use happy baby breathing to support you. When you’re ready, release your arms, hold on to opposite shoulders, and give yourself a massage to relieve tension. NOVEMBER 2013
  • 66. sequence by Jane Austin Experience Jane Austin’s teaching at the San Francisco Yoga Journal Conference, January 16–20, 2014! Learn more at WARDROBE STYLIST: LYN HEINEKEN; PROP STYLIST: KIERSTEN STEVENS; MODEL: ELENA HOLSMAN; HAIR/MAKEUP: TAMARA BROWN/ARTIST UNTIED; SHIRT: LIZ LANGE MATERNITY; PANTS: PRANA; BLANKETS & BOLSTER: BAREFOOT YOGA CO. PUPPY POSE Puppy Pose is a close cousin of Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward-Facing Dog Pose). It’s a good alternative if Down Dog is too strenuous. Start on hands and knees. If you need to, separate your knees slightly wider than your hips. Ground your shins down, and walk your hands forward until you can rest your forehead on the floor. Press your palms firmly into the floor, keeping your arm bones lifted. Once you’ve found a comfortable pose, draw your ribs in toward your spine, and drop your tailbone slightly. These actions will help you find length in your spine. It is important to not allow your belly to drop toward the floor. Stay for 5 deep breaths. NOVEMBER 2013 » Having a community and using tools like meditation, visualization, and breathwork help you cope with the myriad physical and emotional changes that pregnancy can bring. And all of the work you do on the mat—building endurance, learning to relax through intense sensations, and coping effectively with stress—serves as powerful preparation for giving birth, too. Many prenatal classes begin with a brief check-in where students have the opportunity to share experiences and challenges from the previous week. From there, classes might move into a centering and breathing exercise, a restorative or body-softening pose, and then through a series of active standing and squatting asanas before ending with restoratives and a period of deep relaxation with props. For many women, prenatal yoga is the first time they’ve stepped on a yoga mat, but the classes are beneficial for experienced students, too. Although a knowledgeable yoga teacher can modify poses to fit anyone’s needs, you won’t derive the same benefits from a general class. In all likelihood, a hatha yoga teacher without prenatal training won’t have poses like Polar Bear (an alternative to Child ’s Pose, see page 78) in their back pocket, they won’t be knowledgeable about aches and pains common to pregnancy, and they won’t have the time to prop you in those delicious restorative poses. “A prenatal yoga class will meet the woman where she is,” says childbirth educator and prenatal yoga teacher Jane Austin. For example, instead of doing a low lunge with arms overhead, which can stress your joints during pregnancy, you might be encouraged to do a lunge with your legs wider apart and forearms resting on the floor or on blocks. If you’re pregnant and find yourself needing to modify more than half the poses in your regular yoga class, it’s a good time to make the switch to a prenatal class, says Austin. LEARNING TO BREATHE The foundation beneath all of the poses in a prenatal class is the breath. Prenatal yoga, says Fohrman, gives you “the opportunity to feel your body and » YO GAJ O U R N A L .CO M 7 7
  • 67. ONE-SIDED SQUATS Some women find a full squat difficult to do during pregnancy, yet squatting is a terrific way to gently open the hips. If you experience any hip discomfort at night, try this pose before going to bed. It may also be helpful to do during labor and birth. Start on hands and knees. Gently draw your belly back to your spine, and step your right foot forward to the outside of your right hand. As you walk your hands to the left, pivot on your left knee, and move your left foot underneath the buttock. Widen your sitting bones, and lower your hips. As you lower your hips, do not tuck your pelvis. Go only as far down as you can while you keep your sitting bones wide. By doing so, you’ll open your hips. With your legs in place, press your fingertips into the floor. If you want to go deeper into the pose, bring your forearms down to the floor. Hold the pose for 1 to 3 minutes, breathing deeply. If you experience compression in your hip joint or feel discomfort in your pubic bone, keep your hips lifted and don’t go as deep into the posture. To come out of the pose, lift your hips, and come back to hands and knees. Repeat on the other side. 78 YO GAJ O U R N A L .CO M POLAR BEAR This is a comfortable alternative to the traditional Child’s Pose: The hips are lifted, making more room for your pregnant belly. The pose’s inverted shape helps take pressure off both the pelvic floor and your spine. Polar Bear is calming and soothing, allowing you to go deep inside yourself. You can do it during labor as a refueling time or during your yoga practice as a time to connect to your baby and yourself. From hands and knees, bring your forearms down to the floor, knees hip dis- tance apart or slightly wider to make room for your baby. Press your forearms into the floor, and release your head down. Visualize your baby resting in your belly, which is like a hammock. Stay for at least 5 breaths. NOVEMBER 2013
  • 68. VIRABHADRASANA II warrior pose II, variation With tongue firmly planted in cheek, I like to call this pose “Mama Protector Don’t Mess with My Baby Pose.” There are many times when you’ll be called to protect even your tiniest baby from other people’s opinions and advice. This pose can help you cultivate the quiet strength you’ll need. Stand tall, reach your arms out to the sides, and step your feet wide with ankles directly under the wrists. Turn your right foot out and your left toes in. Inhale, lengthen your spine. Exhale, bend your right knee, gazing over your right hand. Rotate your palms up, and lift your right hand 3 to 4 inches. Bend your left elbow; pull it back and down. Release your shoulders away from your ears, and soften all the muscles of your face. This is a powerful pose. A mama protecting her young is fierce and strong but also soft. After 5 deep breaths, come up and do on the other side. NOVEMBER 2013 YO GAJ O U R N A L .CO M 7 9
  • 69. » your breath. And your breath is your greatest ally while giving birth.” A deep but gentle belly breath that’s more a rhythmic pulsation than a strong or hard engaging of the abdominals encourages softness and suppleness during class and throughout pregnancy. Austin asks her students to visualize oxygen and energy flowing to the baby as they inhale and to imagine softening the muscles around the pelvic floor as they exhale. Working with the breath this way quells stress hormones and stimulates relaxation. Breath is fundamental to a prenatal practice, and so is asana. Standing poses practiced with supportive props can help strengthen the legs, ease backaches, build stamina, and instill a sense of confidence for birth and beyond. Prasarita Padottanasana (Wide-Legged Standing Forward Bend) with support under the head can soften and release the muscles around the pelvic floor with the intention of making space for the baby to come through. “In prenatal yoga,” says Austin, “we practice postures specially designed to create suppleness in a woman’s body so she can open when the time comes to birth her baby.” One-sided squats (see page 78) can increase flexibility in the pelvis prior to labor. Baddha Konasana (Bound Angle Pose) also promotes the quality of release needed during birth. Restorative poses such as Side-Lying Savasana (Corpse Pose) and Supta Baddha Konasana (Reclining Bound Angle Pose) over bolsters are particularly helpful. These poses are generously propped to give you the chance to get truly comfortable. Judith Hanson Lasater, yoga teacher, physical therapist, and author of Yoga for Pregnancy and the classic restorative manual Relax and Renew, calls Side-Lying Savasana (see facing page) “the magic elixir” for alleviating the 8 0 YO GAJ O U R N A L .CO M HORSE POSE with goddess arms Step your feet wide apart. Inhale, lengthen your spine, exhale, and bend your knees. See that your knees are directly over your ankles and are not rolling inward but tracking toward the pinkie toe side of the foot. Lift your arms out to the sides with palms facing up, and bend your elbows. Preserve the natural curves of your spine: Draw your front ribs toward your spine to avoid overarching your low back. Don’t tuck your pelvis either, which can flatten your lower back. Aim for a soft, gentle curve in the lower spine. Hold the pose for 1 to 4 minutes. See your baby inside of you, and deepen your breath. If your back starts to strain, straighten your legs and rest. With practice, your back and legs will get stronger. Listen to your body and take a break when you need it. NOVEMBER 2013
  • 70. You’re pregnant and want to try prenatal yoga. When do you begin? And how do you find a teacher? Some women in their first trimester discover that a mostly restorative practice helps with fatigue and morning sickness. But most women, particularly those with a history of miscarriage or infertility, choose to wait until the end of their first trimester to start or return to yoga and try their first prenatal class. Look for an experienced teacher with specialized training in yoga for pregnancy. Some prenatal teachers have worked not only as yoga instructors but also as doulas, midwives, or childbirth educators. A knowledgeable, seasoned teacher with a passion for pregnancy will help you get the most out of your prenatal practice. She’ll also make sure you avoid twists, backbends, or forward bends that are too deep, overly warm rooms, and generally overdoing your practice. GETTING started general fatigue that comes along with pregnancy. Lasater suggests pregnant women practice this variation of Savasana every day. She also recommends Cat-Cow stretch for reducing lower back pain. Shoulder openers like Garudasana (Eagle Pose) and arm strengtheners like Goddess Pose arms can help prepare mothers for carrying and nursing their child. Bobby Clennell, a senior teacher at the Iyengar Yoga Institute of New York and author of The Woman’s Yoga Book, adds that practicing Supta Virasana (Reclining Hero Pose) with bolster support can help relieve constipation, assist digestion, and reduce morning sickness. SAFETY FIRST In prenatal yoga classes, you shouldn’t encounter poses that are potentially dangerous during pregnancy, such as twists, deep forward or backbends, and poses done on the belly (think Salabhasana or Dhanurasana). There is some disagreement in the yoga community about inversions. Lasater says that we don’t know enough about the effects of going upside down during pregnancy to recommend it. Other teachers, including Clennell and Austin, believe that an experienced yoga student with a longstanding Sirsasana (Headstand) or Sarvangasana (Shoulderstand) practice may safely continue inversions, with proper guidance, during pregnancy. If you’re an experienced student with a longtime inversion practice, the aforementioned poses are thought to help keep your endocrine system running well and may simply feel right for you. The most comfortable and symptom-relieving pose for me midway through pregnancy was a 10-minute variation of Shoulderstand with a chair. (Because your body changes continued on page 89 CORPSE POSE side-lying savasana Lie on whichever side feels more comfortable to you with a folded blanket or a pillow underneath your head. Place a bolster or a large, firm pillow NOVEMBER 2013 beside your right leg. Then bend your left knee, and place your left leg on the bolster. Keep the knee and the ankle as high as your left hip with your hips square. Close your eyes. Allow your breath to wash over you and feel yourself letting go of tension. Stay for 7 to 10 minutes, imagining your baby resting with you. YO GAJ O U R N A L .CO M 8 1
  • 71. reviews BOOKS I MUSIC I VIDEO JEREMY FRINDEL song of love One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das Jeremy Frindel When his resonant baritone began filling Zeitgeist Films/ yoga studios with songs of divine love in Substratum Films New York in the mid-1990s, kirtan artist Krishna Das opened ears and hearts to what was then a fringe musical phenomenon. Now, with 15 albums and a Grammy nomination to his credit, Das draws audiences of thousands and stands among a handful of artists who have brought Indian devotional music into American yoga culture. Das’s personal journey of meeting his guru, Neem Karoli Baba (a.k.a. Maharajji) in India, losing his way in addiction, and finding his path as a singer is the compelling subject of the documentary, One Track Heart, from director Jeremy Frindel, which is now out on DVD. NOVEMBER 2013 Q YOGA JOURNAL In the film, you shared your story candidly. Was it hard to be so vulnerable on camera? A KRISHNA DAS No, I really don’t have much to offer anybody except my own experiences—how chanting, my guru in India, and the whole path have changed my life and how it works for me. I feel it’s useful, because people really don’t have any concept of what spiritual work is or why you might want to do it or how it manifests in daily life. Q YJ You struggled with depression and drug addiction after your guru’s death in 1973. What brought you back to your practice, and to health? A KD I had an epiphany one day in 1994 when I was standing in my apartment. All of a sudden, I knew without a doubt that if I did not chant with people, I would never be able to clean out the dark corners of my own heart. I just went down to Jivamukti [Yoga School in New York] and I sang with, like, 10 people. And then I went back the next week, and the next. I’m still doing it. Q YJ Why do you chant kirtan—and why should we? A KD My guru showed me what love is— real love, unconditional love, love that lasts 24 hours a day. It’s who we are—it’s our true nature. I want to live in that love, and the way I can do that is to chant. I think that the reason people come around YO GAJ O U R N A L .CO M 82
  • 72. At Kripalu, we invite you to breathe—to intentionally pause the ongoing demands of life, bring your attention inward, and rediscover your authentic nature. Conscious engagement with the breath connects you with the intelligence and power of the life force within and around you. Whenever you are faced with a challenge—on the yoga mat, in a relationship, at work, or with your health—you can draw on a deep sense of ease, purpose, and mastery to create positive change. We call it the yoga of life. To learn more: 800.741.7353 or Stay connected: Healthy Living programs, R&R Retreats, and programs with world-renowned invited presenters, including Tara Bennett-Goleman and Daniel Goleman Joan Borysenko Tara Brach Kofi Busia T. Colin Campbell Rajashree Choudhury Stephen Cope Joe Dispenza Angela Farmer Loren Fishman Rolf Gates Harville Hendrix Anodea Judith mission driven, donor supported stockbridge, massachusetts Jack Kornfield Cyndi Lee Dharma Mittra Sadie Nardini Todd Norian Erich Schiffmann Mona Lisa Schulz David Swenson David Harshada Wagner Amy Weintraub David Whyte Yang Yang Rodney Yee
  • 73. rev i ews I b o o ks + v ideo is because they feel that love. Chanting reminds us what that love feels like. Q YJ As kirtan becomes more popular, are you concerned that it’s getting away from its roots? A KD Some people think they can find some melodies and put some mantras to them, and now they’re chanting. But they may not understand that this is spiritual practice. This is not entertainment. These chants have power. They have the ability to change us. S H A N N O N S E X TO N career philosophy Yoga Wisdom at Work: Finding Sanity Off the Mat and On the Job Maren and Jamie Showkeir Berrett-Koehler Yoga asana classes are popular features of corporate wellness programs. Now a new book, Yoga Wisdom at Work, sheds light on how yoga’s deeper ethical and meditative tools can address the stress, interpersonal tensions, and ethical challenges of today’s workplace. Written by business consultants and longtime students of yoga Maren and Jamie Showkeir, the book breaks down yoga’s core principles into accessible teachings to practice at work. The duo draw on their study of yoga and years of helping businesses improve their work culture to make relevant connections between the two disciplines. The book covers each of classical yoga’s eight limbs (including pranayama and meditation instruction) and offers ways to apply the principles to work life. For example, the authors suggest that living the yogic principle of nonstealing (asteya) will prevent you from stealing coworkers’ time by mindlessly hitting “reply all” to an email. Or, that taking several deep breaths during meetings, instead of answering before the other person finishes a sentence, can foster mutual understanding. With its emphasis on developing insight and compassion,Yoga Wisdom at Work is an inspiring guide to help you discover your career potential and navigate workplace stress. CA R O L K R U CO F F refresh yourself Yoga for Energy & Stress Relief Rodney Yee Gaiam With more than 26 years teaching yoga and 20 years of creating yoga videos to his credit, Rodney Yee has mastered the art of video instruction: no distractions, no unnecessary chatter; just clear, succinct asana instruction and verbal cues that take you deep into the practice. His latest release, Yoga for Energy & Stress Relief, is an enjoyable and effective program of three 20-minute practices and two bonus practices intended to relieve tension and restore vitality for anyone feeling tired and stressed. The opening Awaken & Energize segment is an enlivening series of twists, hipopeners and forward folds. The Gentle Relaxation and Restore & Rejuvenate segments offer calming restorative poses. The slow, gentle Soothe & Stretch practice is ideal for sore, overworked muscles. Florida Oct. 31–Nov. 3, 2013 KEYNOTE BY MARIANNE WILLIAMSON GOLD SPONSORS CONTINUING EDUCATION FOR TEACHERS 100+ CLASSES Photo by Wari Om YJEVENTS.COM SILVER SPONSORS KATHRYN BUDIG • SEANE CORN • JASON CRANDELL ANA FORREST • RICHARD FREEMAN • GARY KRAFTSOW • CYNDI LEE DHARMA MITTRA • RODNEY YEE • AND MANY MORE! 8 4 YO GAJ O U R N A L .CO M NOVEMBER 2013
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  • 75. rev i ews I mu sic (True to his Iyengar Yoga roots, Yee uses a chair as a prop in all five practices.) The video concludes with a Mountain Meditation led by Yee’s wife and teaching partner Colleen Saidman Yee. This video is especially helpful for those with injuries, or for anyone who wants to hit pause on a busy day and take a well-instructed yoga time-out. K AT H A R I N E R A E hearts afire The Hanumen | The Hanumen Mantralogy The stunning debut release from a new fourman band, the Hanumen, blends chanting, poetry, world music, and storytelling into a magical brew of sacred love songs. The band—mantra musicians Gaura Vani and Benjy Wertheimer, poetpercussionist John De Kadt, and instrumentalist Purushartha Dasa—creates an inspiring musical unity from diverse spiritual and musical traditions. Touching on themes of grief, love, and devotion, the songs on this self-titled album (a play on the name of the Hindu monkey god, Hanuman), include a zydeco-style “Hare Krishna” chant; a 10-minute hymnlike love song called “Come Dance with Me,” inspired by a Sufi poem; and an epic rendition of the African American spiritual, “Wade in the Water.” The latter weaves in poetry from Rumi, a chant to Krishna, and a bluesy, baritone rendition of “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot,” while instruments including the hang (a metal hand drum), violin, and clarinet add rhythm and melody. A highlight of the album is “I Love You,” a stripped-down yet sweetly moving call-and-response between Gaura Vani and a heavenly chorus, accompanied by acoustic guitar, with lyrics that express adoration for the divine in all its forms. Driven by Vani’s tender, tenor voice, every song the band performs pulls at the heartstrings. The Hanumen provides a mellow yet uplifting soundtrack for yoga and relaxation, and may even move some listeners to raise their own voices in melodic prayer. S H A N N O N S E X TO N the online marketplace for all things yoga song of the earth Savasana*3: Natural Beauty | Wah! Wah! Music Natural Beauty, the third volume of Wah!’s Savasana series, is a dreamlike meditative musical offering from one of mantra music’s stars. The album’s gently layered vocals, waves of electronic melody, and hypnotic bass pulses nurture a calm yet blissful mood. Wah! sings Hindu mantras with a profound sense of devotion and a keen ear for contemporary electronic sounds. Her previous Savasana albums have become popular accompaniments to yoga practice with good reason, and Natural Beauty is a worthy addition to the series. Individual tracks—“Flower,” “Mountain,” “Wind,” and the deeply restful “Earth”—evoke the stillness and wonder of a meditation on nature. The vibe is enhanced by touches of flute and guitar. This is indeed beautiful music for laying in Savasana or for setting a tranquil mood in any environment. A L A N D I P E R N A ✤ Total Body Yoga DVD set $24.95 ® Chai Hoodie French Terry Yoga Pants Harmony Professional Yoga Mat $70.00 $69.00 $69.95 Visit or call 1-800-I-DO-YOGA (436-9642) 8 6 YO GAJ O U R N A L .CO M NOVEMBER 2013
  • 76. yoga The Art of Transformation October 19, 2013–January 26, 2014 The world’s first exhibition on yogic art Generous support for the exhibition is provided by Media sponsor Additional support is provided by the Ebrahimi Family Foundation, Catherine Glynn Benkaim, IndiaTourism, and the Together We’re One crowdfunding campaign. Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Detail, Yoga Narasimha, Vishnu in his Man-Lion Avatar, India, Tamil Nadu, ca. 1250, The Cleveland Museum of Art, Gift of Dr. Norman Zaworski, 1973.187[i]
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  • 78. baby love continued from page 81 drastically during pregnancy, it’s best to practice these poses at a wall or with props, and to ask your teacher for help the first few times. And be sure to talk to your doctor or midwife before deciding to practice inversions during pregnancy.) RELAX, RELEASE, ACCEPT According to Lasater, the biggest benefit of prenatal yoga is learning to relax. Going through pregnancy and its myriad physical and hormonal changes can be exhausting. Natural worries may emerge about your baby’s health, and the imminent transition to parenting can be stressful. A great prenatal yoga class will help you find complete comfort and release, which encourages what’s known as the relaxation response. This healing state creates physiological changes: Your heart rate slows, your blood pressure drops, your breathing becomes deep and rhythmic, and stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol dissipate. Once you experience it, you can use yoga techniques to encourage the relaxation response anytime. “Learning to relax deeply is a life Pilates: the perfect addition for ultimate results. Call for your free “Pilates Advantage” DVD and catalog (code YJ08). | 1-800-PILATES (745-2837) continued on page 91 Take some time to connect with PREGNANT both your hopes and your fears. Sit in a comfortable position on the floor or in a chair. Breathe deeply for a few minutes, sending your breath to the baby that’s growing inside you. Take a few minutes to think about your hopes and dreams about birth— and about your subsequent journey together as mother and child. Imagine yourself feeling empowered, loved, safe, and being an active participant in your birth. See yourself as a loving parent who knows how to care for your precious child. Notice any positive sensations that arise, and sit with them for a few moments. Then bring to mind fears or worries you have about birth and parenting. Welcome them into your mind’s field. Acknowledge their presence, and then visualize yourself letting go of them. pause NOVEMBER 2013 YO GAJ O U R N A L .CO M 89
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  • 80. baby love continued from page 89 skill that could not be more important for a pregnant woman,” says Lasater. When you’re relaxed, you not only feel less stress but you’re also able to more easily cope with stressors that do arise. This is key during both pregnancy and labor. When you’re faced with the flood of stress hormones that labor generates, the ability to stay calm and relaxed can help you contend with the intensity of the sensations and the decisions that may crop up from moment to moment. Rachel Yellin, a prenatal yoga teacher and childbirth educator, told me that studying prenatal yoga can guide a woman to “recognize when and where she is tense and then consciously let that tension go.” By training your awareness to consciously release tension in class, you can do the same during labor and birth. Along with cultivating relaxation comes the willingness to surrender to the experience of pregnancy and birth. Ishvara pranidhana, or surrender to a higher source, is a key teaching in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra, and both Lasater and Austin emphasize it in their classes. “Birthing a baby requires both great effort and the ability to totally let go. We cultivate this on the yoga mat so that we can take it off the mat and into labor and birth,” says Austin. During pregnancy, you might invoke surrender when facing difficult thoughts or emotions: Perhaps you’re fearful about childbirth, worried about your baby’s health, or even disappointed that your pregnancy isn’t as easy or blissful as you’d imagined. During labor, surrender translates to releasing into rather than resisting physical sensations. It means balancing your breathwork, relaxation skills, and concentrated effort with an attitude of surrendering to the outcome. The quality of surrender can also help you manage difficult emotions that can come if your birth doesn’t go exactly as planned. A recent client of Fohrman’s was an experienced yoga and meditation student who hoped for a drug-free birth attended by midwives. She ended up having a four-day labor resulting in a cesarean Hundreds of Trainings across North America each year. IAYT Member School 2013 – 2014 MIND BODY FITNESS SCHEDULE Palm Springs, CA 9/12/2013 Atlanta, GA 10/30/2013 Long Island, NY 11/13/2013 Seattle, WA 12/11/2013 Long Beach, CA 1/16/2014 Alexandria, VA 2/6/2014 Denver, CO 3/12/2014 Morristown, NJ 4/10/2014 Honolulu, HI 5/7/2014 Minneapolis, MN 6/25/2014 Palm Springs, CA 7/24/2014 New Orleans, LA 9/11/2014 2013 INTENSIVES Rishikesh, India 11/17/2013 Please visit for updated information. CALL OR EMAIL FOR DETAILS 800.989.8085 Y ogaFit® THE LEADER IN MIND BODY FITNESS EDUCATION SINCE 1994 15% off merchandise use code MRC-YJ13 10% off level 1 Training use code TTR-YJ13 | | | w w w. z e b r a y o g a f l o o r . c o m | 8 0 0 .9 8 9. 8 0 8 5 NOVEMBER 2013 | Exp. 11- 30-13 YOGAFIT.COM CONNECT YO GAJ O U R N A L .CO M 9 1
  • 81. baby love birth—and a healthy baby. “She embodied a perfect balance of effort and surrender,” Fohrman says. “She put forth committed effort and practice before the birth and during her labor. We tried everything during those four days, and yet it didn’t go how the parents wanted. But she can look back and know she showed up for that experience. She put in her best effort, and then she surrendered to what is greater, to what she couldn’t understand. She did that so gracefully and stayed in her power. She did everything she could do.” I didn’t end up with the birth I’d planned either. After many hours of labor, I had to have an emergency cesarean birth. My son was immediately taken to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), and I was left alone in a recovery room. I was overflowing with emotion. Although overjoyed to have given birth, I couldn’t help but feel disappointed in how my birth story had played out, and I was devastated not to have my son in my arms yet. While my husband stayed with our son, I was taken in a wheelchair to my Protect yourself as you do your students room on a different floor of the hospital and told to rest. After a few hours in my room, I insisted on being wheeled to the NICU to see and nurse my baby. Perhaps it was the prenatal yoga practice that gave me the fortitude, clearheadedness, and determination to get myself there. The Warrior poses helped build my strength; the chair Shoulderstands kept my hormones balanced; the restorative postures such as Reclining Bound Angle Pose and Reclining Hero Pose infused me with a quiet clarity. As dawn broke, I held my baby in my arms, nursed him for the first time, and sang to him. Looking back at that moment, thinking of the two of us nestled together in a hospital chair, I’m reminded of Yoga Sutra 1.1, Atha yoga anushasanam: Now the teachings of yoga. ✤ Jessica Berger Gross is the editor of About What Was Lost: 20 Writers on Miscarriage, Healing, and Hope. She lives with her husband and their five-year-old son in Brooklyn. }get insured YOGA JOURNAL Issue 260 (ISSN 0191-0965), established in 1975, is published nine times a year (February, March, May, June, August, September, October, November, December) by Cruz Bay Publishing, Inc., 475 Sansome Street, Suite 850, San Francisco, CA 94111, (415) 591-0555. Annual Subscription: U.S. $21.95; Canada $28.95; overseas $43.95. Single copies U.S. $5.99; Canada $6.99. Agreement number 40063731 assigned by Canada Post. Mailing list: Occasionally, we make our subscriber list available to carefully screened companies unless the subscriber advises us otherwise. Send all subscription matters and notices of changes of address to: Yoga Journal, P.O. Box 420235, Palm Coast, FL, 32142-0235. E-mail the subscription customer service department: Call subscription customer service, Mon.–Fri. 7 am–10 pm CDT; Sat. 8:30 am–5 pm CDT: (800) 873-8807 or (386) 246-0197 from outside the United States. All issues of Yoga Journal are now available on mi crofiche from ProQuest, 300 N. Zeeb Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48016. Copyright 2012 by Cruz Bay Publishing, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced without written permission from the publisher. Yoga Journal is not responsible for advertising claims. Periodicals Postage Paid at San Francisco, CA, and at additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: Yoga Journal, P.O. Box 420235, Pa l m C o a s t , F L 3 2 1 4 2- 0 2 35 . C A N A D I A N UNDELIVERABLES: Send to Station A, P.O. Box 54, Windsor, ON N9A 6J5. The editorial content of Yoga Journal should not be used as a substitute for professional health care. Talk with your doctor before starting any new exercise regimen. Rates as low as $190 per year Join Benefits Plus from Membership includes: Access to low-cost liability insurance and beneots for teachers and studios One year of Yoga Journal magazine Discounts on Yoga Journal conferences products, and listings Save 15% on all Yoga Mat and Equipment purchases at Yoga Direct Maximize your protection with Individual Disability Insurance from Northwestern Mutual Sign up now! or (877) 438-7459 Join now for immediate access to valuable FREE Teacher Resources 92 YO GAJ O U R N A L .CO M NOVEMBER 2013
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