What is Intelligence in the Body?

In my early days as a yoga student, one of my first teachers said something that has always stuck with me. He said that as beginners, we come to yoga with legs and arms. Then, as we progress in our practice we no longer have just legs and arms, but we have an upper...

Do You Have a Good Side?

I’ve always been acutely aware of how different my right side is from my left. Early on in my practice, I noticed that in most of my standing poses, going to the right comes more smoothly for me. For example, in Utthita Trikonasana and Utthita Parsvakonasana, I can...

Reflecting on Alignment

“Yoga is a mirror, to look at ourselves from within.” — BKS Iyengar When I began taking yoga classes, the teachers would often tell me not to hyper-extend my knees.  I’m quite flexible and several of my joints can be overstretched, particularly my...

To Link or Not to Link?

A while back, I went through a phase in my practice where I was doing a lot of Urdhva Prasarita Padasana. I worked on lifting my straight legs up.  I worked on lowering my straight legs down.  I worked on lifting and lowering in stages.  I worked with my arms raised...