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  • "Some blogs are simply fun reads, but if you want to dive deep, check out YogaLila." YogaJournal, August 2009


  • Richard Freeman: Yoga Chants

    Richard Freeman: Yoga Chants
    Richard Freeman Chants - its a 2 cd set. The first CD is instructional, he explains some of the history and technique, and you sing along by repeating first a word, then a line, of each chant. I think there are 3-4 chants he teaches in this way -including the ashtanga invocation, which I've always liked. He explains things very clearly. The second cd is him chanting and playing the harmonium. He has a good voice, not a great voice, but there is something incredibly soothing about listening to him. -Jane

  • Cindy Dollar: Yoga Your Way : Customizing Your Home Practice

    Cindy Dollar: Yoga Your Way : Customizing Your Home Practice
    This is a great book for home practice. It's spiral bound and the pages are split so that on the left the pages are practice sequences and on the right each page is one of 44 asanas. The 31 practice sequences range from 10 to 90 minutes. On the back of each asana page are several modifications with various props. The author is an Iyengar teacher and the instructions are very detailed. What I like most about it is that the variety of sequences will prevent me from doing the same practice all the time which is what usually happens when I do yoga on my own. -Danielle

  • Andrea Olsen: Bodystories: A Guide To Experiential Anatomy

    Andrea Olsen: Bodystories: A Guide To Experiential Anatomy
    This book is the most accesible of all the more touchy-feely anatomy books I have - daily exercises of body exploration. -Lianne

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January 17, 2009



Good. We all learn because everyone around moves on; even when we lose a dear one to eternity, just because we were spared the fate to exist, in the hope that we will make it one day to regain the lost ground on the soils of eternal existence. Take care.


Congrats on going back to moving - even though it feels painful now, I think you will love coming back to a little more life! I wanted to tell you that reading about your breath made me feel a sense of anxiety. Have you considered that it may not be due to the fact that you're physically out of shape, but that you're mentally/emotionally stressed? That's actually something I use yoga for A LOT - anxiety issues, which include shortness of breath and just a sense that there's no flexibility in your breathing pattern. I thought I'd mention that b/c it might help you think about it differently, which could in turn "speed up" your return to practice.

Congratulations again!


Andrea, this is a courageous and touching post. I have had times like these, and sometimes I wonder if one of the root causes is being *afraid* to breathe too deeply - almost as if I am afraid to take up too much space by doing so.
Sometimes, this is the best time for me to forget about any sort of orderly breath - not even three part or complete breath. And I just return to watching my breath - just watching, without trying to judge or change. I don't always like what it's doing - but I let it happen, and let it be what it is. And sometimes, something shifts.

I'm with you in breath, sister! Maybe the deepening breath is a kind of personal reclamation.


Oh, thank you! Given some of the other things I've spewed across the internet (possibly ill-considered acts, but there you go. This is me we're talking about!) this seemed like a not very courageous post. My breathing didn't frighten me. I was lying there in savasana, watching things and rolling my eyes -at least figuratively- thinking that it was pretty typical that I would have let things get this far out of hand. Yet, in spite of my self-induced limitations, I can already tell that yoga is going to be an important part of me reclaiming my center. This will work; it's just going to be slow.

We're a conspiracy ;) I love the roots of that word -to breathe together. We'll change the world yet -those of us who breathe together.


I also think this a courageous thing to share. There isn't a yogi/yogini around who hasn't lost their calming breath in tough times. The gift of yoga is even noticing that we've lost it; and admitting it.

I'm rooting for you. Con-spiring. Love it.


Andrea - love your thoughts here - the breath is the most crucial asana - warming the body from the inside out. We can't live unless we breathe. So as you read this take a long luxurious exhilarating breath! (I hope that worked! ;-) )


Aharon! You did such a gorgeous job (not that I was in any doubt). Thank you so much for asnikg me to be your stylist! It was so much fun! One day I want to do a shoot with you and we'll have an unlimited budget and we can actually shoot in Africa (or Scotland or France!).xoxox, Lar

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