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[caption id="attachment_1661" align="alignleft" width="300"] Picture by Monica Felix @ monicafelix.com[/caption] Every yoga pose contains four essential stages. Setup, transition, asana and exit. But in our laziest and most impatient moments, we only practice the first three. Because exiting the posture requires mindfulness, alignment, focus, patience and understanding. And...

[caption id="attachment_1649" align="alignleft" width="300"] Photo by Monica Felix @ monicafelix.com[/caption] Yoga brings up a common argument over stillness meditation versus moving meditation. The first approach uses being, i.e., stillness and concentration and contemplation, as the path to relaxation and enlightenment. Practices might include guided imagery, hypnosis, creative visualization,...

[caption id="attachment_1643" align="alignleft" width="300"] Photo by Monica Felix @ monicafelix.com[/caption] When you’re sitting in a hot room, half naked, staring in the mirror, for ninety minutes straight, there’s nowhere to hide. It’s pure confrontation with self. And so, in the middle of cobra pose when you suddenly...

[caption id="attachment_1636" align="alignleft" width="205"] Photo by Monica Felix @ monicafelix.com[/caption] Yoga is a neverending practice of letting go. It’s a ritual of pressing the release valve on ourselves, physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. That’s why we begin our series with pranayama breathing. This posture teaches us to thread...