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Every time I prepare to teach a workshop I ask myself why I teach yoga, why I do yoga and how does it make a difference in my life. What comes up again and again is how I find my self-empowerment through my choices to align with my heart. The Gita states that we are better to fail at who we are then become someone else which to me means to be who we are and through this we can find our power knowing that we are being true to ourselves and make better choices from this place.

Even when I cannot find the access point of a pose I know with my breath and intention there is a shift which shows me it’s possible even if not on this day. Force does not lead us to a place where we are able to connect deeply to ourselves where power is what we hold deep within ourself which can influence and inspire others. When we soften, align and take action to do the best we can there comes a feeling of accomplishment even if we don’t get the textbook pose. See how you can empower yourself by taking care of yourself and make choices that support what you believe in on and off your mat

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Sequence : Level 2/3

All 4’s Hands and Knees

Down Dog

Uttanasana

Urdvah Hastasana

Samastithi then Interlace Hands Strech Palms Up

Shoulder Stretch Interlace Hands Behind Back

Uttanasana

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Uttanasana

Plank Pose to Cobra to Down Dog

Down Dog Split

Vira I – Warrior One

Vinyasa

Vira II – Warrior Two to Parsvakonasana – Extended Side Angle to Trikonasana – Triangle

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Vinyasa

Balasana – Child’s Pose to Down Dog

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Eka Pada Koundinyasana

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Parvritta Ardha Chandrasana – Revolved Moon revolvedac.jpg

Down Dog

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Malasana – Garland Pose to Bakasana – Crane Pose

Child’s Pose

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Seated Hip Opener Agnistambasana Prep – Firelog Prep

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Windshield Wiper Pose

Baddha Konasana – Bound Angle

Janu Sirsasana – Head to Knee Pose

Upward Facing Child’s Pose – Sit with Knees Bent Wrap Arms Around and Lower Head to Knees

Ujjayi Breath

Meditation

Savasana – Corpse Pose

Namaste!

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Yes, with grace I have made it to my 35th birthday and podcast and bring you the offering of this special episode which is approximately a 35 minute meditation. To signify my 35th birthday we begin with three om’s and end with five. Many days of contemplation on what I was going to share and the usual 35 sun salutations came to mind but then after connecting to my commitment to a three week breakthrough meditation practice (this is in the back of Sally’s Book) it made sense to share this with you. If you are new to meditation take a whirl and know there is no right or wrong enjoy your experience even if you just sit there and nothing seems to happen, be patient it will offer amazing fruits without your even being aware of them at first.

There are many ways to meditate and I first began using the style of the Self Realization Fellowship but then met my current teacher, Sally Kempton while in teacher training in 2002. At first when I met her I was practicing SRF technique thinking this was the only way and did not even listen to her. At the time I was not open to something new and in some way was rigid but after some time I sat with her again and totally let go and went with her guidance and am happy I did. Today I follow her technique which are beautifully explained in her book The Heart of Meditation .

This episode is dedicated to Sally as she opened me to the possibility of play within my practice of meditation.


Shakti: 1) the divine Mother, the dynamic aspect of the absolute Reality, and the creative force of the universe. 2)All-pervasive, divine spiritual energy

Acroyoga and the amazing Huck Hirsch – he is a gifted teacher who travels around the world teaching and sharing this wonderful practice.

 
Huck Hirsch
Residence: Los Angeles
Birthplace: Brooklyn, NY
323.939.2393
huck@acroyoga.org
After years of enjoying yoga on my own mat, I was so delighted by the AcroYoga vision of yoga practiced in 2s and 3s and 4s…exploring connection and trust and beauty in community makes this playful practice fun and vast and important.God created others for many reasons. AcroYoga invites us to find all of them.Born in Brooklyn. High School of Performing Arts. Amherst College. Many years working in musical theater. Performer. Director. Choreographer. Then I made a film and moved to LA, where I currently teach AcroYoga and Anusara Yoga.And I continue to write about the crazy wonderful journey of living.

Thank you for this opportunity to experiment, explore and share with you.

Namaste!

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Today is my actual birthday, June 16th and the celebration began thurs night and continues with more events this week… I am so blessed to be doing what I love every day and see how I have grown myself using the gift of yoga. Well with all this fun happening around my special day there was pretty much no time for me to record a class and my friend Lara of Yoga Peeps was cool enough to allow me to offer you this interview for this episode. The life I have created is unfolding with endless blessings and gifts which you are part of – thank you. Enjoy this podcast and share your story with me.

My teachers are listed in my blogroll pls check them out Also for the books I mention check out my Amazon Store for great YOGA in NYC check out Elena Brower enjoy her interview hillandelana3.jpg.

NEWS and a GIFT just for YOU!

I have a workshop on YOGA of Health and Healing Sunday June 24th at City Yoga – its FREE!!! Please come if you are in the area I did say its FREE right…

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For the past week I have been paying attention to see where I can make a difference in the world we live in by paying attention to where I can be of service. Even with teaching as a service for me I seek other ways to uplift others especially when I am in public places. The other day I saw a woman in Kinko’s began a conversation that led to yoga and that night she came to class – very cool to be able to help her heal as shared with me after class that she had a loss in her family and found yoga a great way to help grieve. This reminded me that we can make a big difference for others without really knowing the imprint we leave. My teachers all have reminded me of this and today I offer this to you – each day we can see how we are part of the tapestry of life.

Your feedback, YOU and your practice make a difference in this world…. I am grateful for this wonderful opportunity to make a difference in your life.

Sally Kempton – Check out the 3 Week Breakthrough Meditation

Sally’s book on meditation is in my Amazon Store : Hillary’s Yoga Pod a must buy for anyone wanting to learn or deepen their practice.

Sequence: Level 1

All 4’s – hands and knees

Cat Cow Warmup

Down Dog

Uttanasana – Standing Fwd Bend

Urdvah Hastasana Then Interlace Fingers Crescent to the Side

Uttanasana to Anejaneasana – Lunge with Knee to Floor lunge-with-knee-bentthumbnail.jpg

Down Dog to Plank to Chattarunga to Cobra

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Uttanasana

Vinyasa

Parsvakonasana

Down Dog to Plank to Salambasana to Down Dog

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Down Dog to Vinyasa Working Updog

Trikonasana

Plank Pose to Salambasana

Child’s Pose to All 4’s Lifting Alternate Leg and Arms

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Lunge Hip Opener – deep-lunge-on-forearmsthumbnail.jpg

Eka Pada Bhekasana – ardha-bhekasanathumbnail.jpg

On Belly Prone Position Resting Head on Hands Ben Knee Foot Over Knee

Dhanurasana 2X

Down Dog

Anjaneasana

Down Dog

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Setubandha – Bridge Pose

Eka Pada Setubhandhasana – One Legged Bridge Pose Lifting One Leg at a Time

Easy Supine Twist

Ardha Mastyendrasana – Half Lord of the Fishes

Baddha Konasana

One Knee to Chest then Both to Chest

Savasana

Namaste!

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One word for Christine is Grateful! YES, and I am to her as she was able to open my eyes to see past the rain and take in with great appreciation the view from my hotel room. We connected immediately when we met and it was so wonderful to connect to the heart of someone who shares the same feeling about life.

Her sharing of her transition from NYC to BC (Vancouver) is inspiring and a great support for anyone who may wonder what their practice can offer off the mat and she says is with clarity and warmth. Christine found her teacher in her heart within herself and now had to look inside even more than she thought which I can totally relate to in my own life as we can always delve deeper. Enjoy this part this of her journey in this conversation and remember that each of us are our own teacher.

Om Namah Sivaya Guruve – the first line to the Anusara Invocation

translation: I offer myself to Lord Shiva, the Auspicious One, who is the True Teacher within and without
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I am excited to share with you – Hillary’s Yoga Practice Podcast Store in beta. Please shop, support and enjoy the practice with these fun items I chose for you. (more to come)

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Note: the photo was taken in the hotel lobby by the valet and we had no time as Christine had to jet to class

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Taking our seat is sacred and pivotal to set one’s intention while staying in our expanded heart. Asana, means posture as well as the posture of your heart (hrdyam). How we interact with ourselves and others is yoga while you read these next questions go into your heartspace and check in to see how are you aligning and keeping connection to the bigger heart that holds all of us. Please allow yourself to see how you keep connected to your heart (and disconnect) throughout your day while you interact with your life in every way – this is a great practice to learn how you align with yourself, others and the world.

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Focal Point: Where energy is gathered, moves into and moves out of in every pose. There are 3 focal points: the upper palette, bottom of the heart, core of the pelvis. Each point is the metaphor for the heart as the focal point changes in each pose.

Sequence : All Levels

Sukasana – Easy Pose to All 4’s then Downward Facing Dog

Down Dog Splits Lifting One Leg at a Time

Uttanasana – Standing fwd Bend

Then Take a Wider Stance with Hands Clasped Extended Over Your Head- Shoulder Opener

Tadasana – Mountain Pose

Urdvah Hastasana

Uttanasana – Extending fwd 4 times

Plank Pose – to Chattarunga – to Bhujangasana – Cobra Pose then Down Dog

Uttanasana to Urvah Hastasana

Surya Namaskar

Straight Leg Lunge to Crescent or Vira 1 – Warrior 1

Parvritta Parsvakonasana Variation with knee to floor with twist – Lift Leg Up if Possible pavrita-parsvakonasanathumbnail.jpg

Surya Namaskar

Down Dog to Straight Leg Lunge

From the Lunge Straighten to Parsvottanasna Variation parvottanasana-variationthumbnail.jpgand Bend 3X

Surya Namaskar

Down Dog

Pigeon Prep pigeon-prepthumbnail.jpg to Thigh Stretch

Down Dog

Vashistasana – vashi.jpgSide Plank Pose

Down Dog to Plank to Sphinx Pose

Salambasana Pose Variation 2x

Makrasana

Down Dog the hold ankle, calf or thigh for twist

Uttanasana

Supta Padangustasana

Meditation or Savasana

Namaste!

Special thanks to Elsie for Pics…

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One word for Emily is curious! She is also dedicated and has found yoga helpful for her active lifestyle with marathons, triathlons and in her life. Every time she is in class she gives her best and really wants to learn why we do what we do in yoga to find the results she desires in her body to perform better while running. I love that Emily has really brought the teachings of yoga into her life by being present and appreciating every breath, appreciating her family, friends and the gifts in her life.

Yoga does help running – YEAH! She was 20 minutes better in her timing this marathon than her first one a year ago- way to go Emily. Her yoga practice has taught her to be in the moment as she is running seeing that every step is important which has enriched life for her in many ways appreciating how yoga supports her love of running. In her words – they go hand in hand.

Emily will be doing a triatholon for The Lukemia & Lymphoma Society Team in Training – to raise money for this cause this June

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This week March 15th I am interviewed by Lara of Yoga Peeps – it’s a fun conversation she rocks yogini style!

A special thanks to Gayle and Kelsy for helping with our pic of hasta padagustasana over at City Yoga.

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One word for Lisa is – Commitment! 40 days ago Lisa came to my class at City Yoga – this was her first and that is when she decided to partake in the 40 day for $140 program there. Looking at her I thought she has been doing this for many years it must of been her flexible mind and openness of being a healer that kept her in great shape. She came to all of my classes and was working through life’s challenges and eventually I could see she became lighter as she found her freedom to be Herself! A beauty for sure and what a lovely woman who has utilized her practice in such a productive way. You will definitely tap into her authenticity as she shares honestly from her heart. Congrats to her for sticking to 40 days and perhaps you will be inspired to take on such an awesome commitment for your personal growth. YEAH!

  • 40 Days: taken from the City Yoga Site which was also the flyer content. In many traditions it is believed that it takes 40 days to make or break a habit. If you do something for 40 days straight you can forge new neural pathways and fill in old, outdated ones. What have you always wanted to create in your life? What patterns aren’t working for you anymore? Are you ready to change? These questions apply to your whole life, however, yoga is one place where we can manifest change rapidly.
  • In Sikh Traditions it is used I also found a book that the Author Ilene Segalove who wrote a book about it.
  • Dr. Judith Orloff – she is a master of intuition
  • Chai Tea Recipe from Dr. Lad

PLEASE COME TO LULULEMON WED MARCH 7th @ 7pm FREE CLASS!

Photo Note: Lisa and I in a partner variation of Parvritta Janu Sirsasana with my puppy Mala and her fav bird toy

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Karma (Action) is a word some of us refer to everyday to explain a boomerang of events that happen from what we do. We may even see it when we are getting a cup of coffee/tea in the morning on the counter a “Good Karma” cup inviting up to leave a tip. I have read that most philosophical schools say that karma is action and from what we do there is a response to our choices, ramifications or reactions. But when I delved deeper, I learned about the Wheel of Karma talking about life which says that being in the body means you have more work to do that you didn’t do in the last life – I did not like this at all in some way it says that life is a punishment.

Today, I invite you to see how your life is a blessing and there is nothing to get out of but to go in and creatively step into your life, the world we want to live in by applying our intention with right action. I invite you to see that you did nothing wrong to be here but that the divine chose to be you and that you have the opportunity to enjoy being in this marvelous body.

Tantra offered me the perspective to see that we are not stuck in a yoga that is filled with dogma of what we have to do but that we choose what we do to create our life. Contemplate about life not being a set of rules to design your outcomes but that you can find your way to discover that many opportunities to change the way you are becoming even better using right action to live more fully on and off your mat.

Sanskrit: Dharma: personal duty or the architecture of what is (Buddha taught it as truth), Seva: selfless service, Biga: seed
Sequence Level 1:

Balasana – Child’s Pose

All 4’s to Cat/Cow Pose

Down Dog

Straight leg lunge to Crescent Pose Prep

Plank to Salabasana then Cobra – Bhujangasana/Upward Facing Dog

Uttanasana up to Tadasana

Uttanasna to Crescent Pose

Vinyasa

Virabhadrasana II – Warrior II then to

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Vinyasa

Uttitha Parsvakonasana – Extended Side Angle

Down Dog to Uttanasana to Samasthiti

Adho Mukha Vrksasana – Handstand tn-4.jpgtn-1.jpgtn-2.jpg

Down Dog to Trikonasana

Parsvottonasana

Down Dog

Virabhadrasana 1 – Warrior I to

Parvritta Parsvakonasana – Twisted Side Angel Pose

Downward Facing Dog

Pigeon Prep with Thigh Stretch

Agnistambasana – Fire Log Pose img_2005.JPG sweet elsieimg_2004.JPG (sickled foot)

Purvottanasana – Table Top Pose 2X

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Setubhanda – Bridge Pose or Urdvah Dhanurasana – Upward Facing Bow(pics on the way with blanket)

Sukhasana Twist – Easy Seated Pose with Twist

Janu Sirsasana – Head to Knee

Agnistambasana – Fire Log

Balasana – Childs Pose

Savasana – Corpse

Namaste!

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One word for Elena is – Poetic! When I was in NYC I had time to take an inspiring yoga class at Vira Yoga with friend and teacher Elena Brower. Amazing how energy is different in NY and LA, in NY on foot moving with people, LA in cars separate from others – what a different dance on the coasts. In class we moved our bodies and went deep into our breath focusing on our back body. It is crucial to listen, slow down and receive boy am I happy for that reminder.

Happy 5th Birthday to Vira Yoga which is really exciting to be part of and auspicious to share my 5th year of teaching with. Now Elena is a wife, mother, teacher and business owner together we hear how yoga helps her to listen and how she experience’s the world moving towards her.

fun note: I had my camera but the battery was dead. Yeah! for technology and camera phones thanks to Boru for taking this sweet Tree Pose @ Vira


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