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Yoga is a mirror

Yoga Is a Mirror, and so is Everything Else You Do

By Kate Saal / August 9, 2017

Yoga is a mirror.  It has the ability to show you—you.  But then again, so does everything else you do.  So what’s so special about yoga? Of all of the way too many yoga tropes, this is one I resonate with for it reveals the power of what yoga can really do. It can allow us…

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Yoga for mental strength

Yoga for Mental Strength

By Kate Saal / July 15, 2017

What would you do in life if you could handle any challenge along the way? Just imagine. How we deal with things falls under the topic of mental strength.  It speaks to our ability to deal with fear, doubt and insecurity with courage, confidence and kindness. It is a skill you can develop and yoga…

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Best Yoga Anywhere

How to Find the Best Yoga Studio in Sacramento, or Anywhere Else

By Kate Saal / July 7, 2017

Aah Love.  While we all need it, how do you find it?  How do you find the one, the best yoga studio? Before we go any further, if you just want a few quick tips before you swipe right or left, then go here. Keep reading, though, if you want to find the best yoga…

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Love Yoga

Here’s Why Other People Don’t Always Like the Yoga Classes You Do

By Kate Saal / June 29, 2017

You are all about yoga.  I mean you get up for down dog and are down for urdhva dhanurasana.  Yoga has helped you to strengthen your body, calm your mind, and be a kinder, more loving person. And it’s fun. So why does your friend hate it? Ok, hate may not be the right word…

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The 6 Problems with Vinyasa Yoga and Solutions

By Kate Saal / December 16, 2016

Each yoga system or type of yoga has deficits for none is perfect.  The well informed yogin knows what they are and works to reduce them. Vinyasa Yoga has several problems. 1) Alignment  In yoga circles alignment refers to how the posture is done.  (This is a huge, complicated subject and deserves its own discussion.) …

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Advanced Yoga

By Kate Saal / December 7, 2016

I hear the term “advanced yoga” thrown about quite often. “Advanced yoga”.  I want to try that. She is so advanced.  Check out her Upavistha Konasana. Will you teach me the “advanced yoga” secret handshake? What is advanced yoga? Often, people use the term “advanced” to refer to someone who is capable of getting into…

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Virabhadrasana III

The Postures and The Practice of Yoga

By Kate Saal / December 1, 2016

Helpful Things to Know About Yoga Yoga postures, by themselves, are just yoga postures. The practice of yoga is the intention of looking within, to become mindful and conscious. Yes, you can do yoga without doing yoga postures and you can do postures without doing yoga. Understand this and you’ll realize how we end up…

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Yoga by the Numbers

By Kate Saal / June 4, 2015

10 Years to give the practice when learning 3 Years to practice with a teacher before doing your own home practice 1-2 Times to practice weekly, when first starting, to build strength and flexibility 20.8 Million Number of people who practice yoga in the United States 44.4 Percentage of Americans who aspire to try yoga…

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Why Yoga Matters

By Kate Saal / December 12, 2013

  The work of “going within” has tangible benefits in the “real world” because your life is a series of actions that are all based on something that occurs within you.  [In the yoga context, all thoughts, words and actions are actions.] Your life is also a web of relationships.  This is true even if…

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Bikram Yoga

Yoga Philosophy? Not in this class!

By Kate Saal / August 1, 2012

Recently I’ve taken a couple of classes from well-known studio chains—CorePower Yoga and Bikram Yoga. CorePower’s class I took because the bio of the teacher said she just completed her Master’s Degree in Vedic Science and is pursuing a PhD in Asian & Comparative Studies with emphases in Yoga Philosophy and Sanskrit.  She also has…

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