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Yoga Journal offers all practitioners—from beginners to masters—expert information on how to live a healthier, happier, more fulfilling life both on and off the mat.

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2 Min.
back to basics

IT’S FUNNY, THE NAME OF THIS ISSUE: YOGA TODAY. The practice of “yoga today” has both drastically changed since its inception some 5,000 years ago (imagine the founding yogis of Northern India experimenting with Acroyoga while wearing wildly patterned yoga tights) and remained fundamentally the same: a mix of physical and spiritual techniques designed to integrate mind, body, and spirit. That said, given the variety of styles and philosophies out there, it sure does help to have a handle on the basics— especially if you’re new to yoga or practicing mostly on your own at home. Over the past 41 years, Yoga Journal has had some of the most talented yoga teachers in the world provide instruction on yoga’s essential asanas— standing postures, backbends, core strengtheners, twists, inversions, forward bends, and…

11 Min.
shine on me

Each Sunday morning, Christopher Key Chapple opens his 8:30 yoga class with eight rounds of Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation). Students at the Hill Street Center in Santa Monica, California, reach toward the sky and then fold to the ground as if in prostration to the sun, expressing the same reverence for life-giving solar energy as did the ancient yogis. Repeating the sequence in each of the four cardinal directions, the students perform a silent yet powerful ritual of gratitude. Chapple, a professor of Indic and comparative theology at Loyola Marymount University, says the sequence not only wakes up the body but also “calls us to stretch our minds and spirits to the corners of the universe, allowing us to feel the vast expanse of the cosmos within the movement of our…

7 Min.
teacher’s pet

ADHO MUKHA SVANASANA (Downward-Facing Dog Pose) was the first asana I fell in love with. It remains my desert-island pose because it offers many benefits. When you’re tired, staying in this pose for a spell will restore your energy. It can also help strengthen and shape your legs, ease shoulder stiffness, and slow your heartbeat. I find it the perfect microcosm of yoga practice: It requires both strength and flexibility; it teaches you to app reciate alignment and thus prepares you for doing inversions, backbends, and forward bends; and it offers philosophical lessons, such as the cultivation of stability and spaciousness, that will carry over into the rest of your life. TRAINING GROUND Most of us come to the yoga mat with a predisposition toward either bendiness or stiffness. Whichever end of…

8 Min.
flow motion

IF YOU’VE EVER TAKEN a flow class, you’ve heard the teacher call out “Chaturanga, Upward-Facing Dog, Downward-Facing Dog”—over and over again. Known as a vinyasa, this sequence is often inserted between poses, making them the most repeated poses in a flow-based class. When done correctly, they build suppleness, strength, and endurance. They also require the spine to extend, as you arch into Upward Dog, and then lengthen, as you move into Downward Dog—ultimately bringing it into a neutral position. These poses cleanse the palate of the body so it’s ready for the next pose. Chaturanga Dandasana (Four-Limbed Staff Pose) and Urdhva Mukha Svanasana (Upward Dog) are demanding for any practitioner, and repeatedly slogging through them can feel like an uphill battle. Ever feel your neck tense and your shoulders hunch as…

7 Min.
seat of power

SOME YOGA POSES may come to you quickly and easily, with little struggle in flexibility or strength. Other poses can feel nearly impossible, even after years of practice. Utkatasana (Chair Pose) falls into a category of its own: It looks deceptively easy and straightforward, yet when you try it, you’ll find it demands a great deal of flexibility in the shoulders as well as stability in the core and strength in the legs. That is the challenge of Chair Pose. Its simple form offers little promise of glory. For all the effort it requires, you won’t end up with your leg wrapped behind your head or in some other fancy position. When I teach Chair, at first it produces more frowns and even moans than almost any other pose. Yet when…

13 Min.
ways of the warrior

For everyone who’s ever sweated and groaned their way through Virabhadrasana I (Warrior Pose I), it may come as no surprise that the pose was named for an ancient warrior, Virabhadra, created by the god Shiva to exact vengeance for the loss of his love, Sati. (Turn to page 47 to read the whole gory love story.) Many yogis, especially beginners, feel genuinely embattled in Warrior I by its persistent tug-of-war between extension and compression, twist and backbend, internal and external rotation, and strength and flexibility. In some ways, that may seem ironic—especially given that the ideal of yoga is ahimsa, or nonharming. In other ways, it makes perfect sense, says Richard Rosen, a contributing editor to Yoga Journal and a longtime yoga teacher in the Bay Area. “The yogi is really…