Yoga as Transformation Permanent Access Pass – Here Are Your Monday PM Sessions

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Tias LittleTias Little – Finding the Stillpoint in Your Yoga Asana Practice

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“Be soft in your practice. Think of the method as a fine silvery stream, not a raging waterfall. Follow the stream. Have faith in its course. . . . Never let it out of your sight. It will take you there.” -Sheng-yen

In this interview, Tias Little, founder of Prajna Yoga, shares his insights into how our yoga asana practice offers a path to draw awareness inside and bring attention into the subtle movement in the body and the sound of the vibration of the subtle body. Tuning in to bodily sensations is the ground source, or the medium, through which we can make a connection with the subtle body, says Tias. Sensation can be experienced on a gross level like pain or a real strong contraction, or, one can develop sensitivity for really minute, exquisitely refined sensations. The art of yoga asana is working with sensation on that level, Tias explains.

Tias Little began practicing yoga in the Iyengar method in 1985. In 1989, he went to Mysore South India to study Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga for six months with K. Pattabhi Jois. Tias is the founder of Prajna Yoga, together with his wife, Surya, and he teaches yoga teacher trainings and yoga workshops nationally and internationally. Tias is author of two books: The Thread of Breath and Meditations on a Dewdrop.

Leslie HowardLeslie Howard: The Root of All Things: Pelvic Floor Health for Men and Women 

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The pelvic floor is literally our foundation, Leslie explains in this interview. Unfortunately, as we get older, pelvic floor disorders are extremely common in both men women. Leslie discusses common pelvic floor issues and also shares ways that we can improve the health of the pelvic floor, both through our daily habits as well as through yoga practices to release tightness and create more balanced tone in those muscles.

Leslie Howard is a San Francisco-based yoga teacher, who specializes in all things pelvic.  Her own struggles with healing her pelvis led her to intense study of the anatomy, physiology, cultural messaging, history and energetics of this rich place. Her teaching is informed by over 3000 hours of yoga study with senior Iyengar teachers.  She considers Ramanand Patel as her most important influence and mentor. She is featured in the yoga documentary, Yoga Woman.  She leads workshops and trainings nationally and is co-writing a book about awakening the female pelvis.

Rick HansonRick Hanson – Change Your Brain, Change Your Life

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It is entirely possible to consciously shape our brain for greater happiness, love, and healthier relationships and you don’t have to be a Buddha to do it, says Rick Hanson, author of Buddha’s Brain in this interview. Learn a simple practice to retrain your brain to better tackle life’s thorny issues and reshape your experience to rise above our natural tendencies and limitations. Rick takes off where The Secret falls short. If you’ve ever wondered just why positive thinking and affirmations aren’t enough, Rick offers plenty of practical tips for positive change to change your life.

Rick Hanson, Ph.D., is a neuropsychologist and author of Hardwiring Happiness, Buddha’s Brain, Just One Thing, and Mother Nurture. Founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom and a member of the Greater Good Science Center’s Advisory Board, Dr. Hanson has been invited to speak at Oxford, Stanford, and Harvard, and taught in meditation centers worldwide. He has several audio programs and his free Just One Thing newsletter has over 75,000 subscribers. His Greater Good blog features posts from Just One Thing (JOT), which offers a simple practice each week to bring you more joy, more fulfilling relationships, and more peace of mind.

tom MyersTom Myers: Yoga, Somatic Awareness & The Growth of Intuition

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In the West today, there are many places in our body that we have forgotten or don’t use in our day-to-day lives. But the body as an antenna: the mind extends all the way down to the feet, hands, back. If we’re only paying attention to part of the body, we lose access to our intuitive feelings. In this interview, Tom describes how we can tune back in through yoga and make better decisions by inhabiting our whole body.

Tom Myers studied directly with Drs. Ida Rolf, Moshe Feldenkrais and Buckminster Fuller and has practiced integrative bodywork for over 30 years in a variety of clinical and cultural settings. He is the author of the best-selling Anatomy Trains (Elsevier 2001), is a pioneering researcher in how fascia relates to the structural health of the body.

Julie Gudmestad: Yoga for Beginners – Show Your Hamstrings Some Love

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Many people come to yoga with very tight hamstrings. Tight hamstrings limit our ability to move into a number of yoga poses, and can make the experience frustrating. While we may want a quick fix, our hamstring muscle tissue is thick and stiff, and loosening it up requires regular stretching. The benefits we can expect, however, extend off the mat: relief of lower back pain, increased mobility, and decreased injuries. To develop flexibility in your hamstrings, join Julie Gudmestad in this practice a couple times a week, ideally when your muscles are already warm.