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A Touch of Beauty


Here are a short video and a poem to help your day and the year begin on a well-illuminated path. 


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Yoga hurts?  



Did you hear the news? 


Like walking, getting out of bed, and swimming in the ocean, doing yoga can lead to injury.  It said so in the New York Times last Sunday! 


Leaders in the national yoga community have responded, pointing out the factual inaccuracies and twisted statistics in last Sunday's article.  Here we've captured some of the more interesting highlights...


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7 Ways 


Concerned about injuring yourself when you do yoga?  This may help: the collective wisdom from several Dancing Crow teachers boiled down to one digestible list of 7 things to remember...


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Namaste , 


The new year is swinging into gear, and there is even a shawl of snow on the ground to remind us of the slow turn of seasons.


The immense body of yoga is slowly twisting forward too, and the first few weeks of the year have induced growing pains in the old tradition.  A New York Times article recently trumpeted the fact that doing yoga poses can cause injury, and the Globe followed suit yesterday.  Yogis across the country have responded pointedly to the Times article, and we've captured some of their more illuminating responses in "Yoga hurts?" below. 


It's an undeniable truth that injury is possible, and we're wise to keep safety in mind when we engage yoga or in any physical activity.  Our "7 ways to stay safe" article distills into a simple list the wisdom of a handful of Dancing Crow teachers - 7 brief principles to keep in mind as you practice yoga poses.  We hope you'll find it useful.


Without commenting on the quality of the "science" in the article or the judgment of the Times editors who published it, we will note its potential usefulness.  To the extent that the author reminds us to keep our attention on the events in our body while we practice, his article does every yogi a service.  Real yoga is about linking the mind to the body, and not about getting better at poses.  The New York Times article may precipitate a healthy change in our western practice of yoga, toward a more healthy and mindful approach.


Continuing with the theme of growth and change, "Through the kaleidoscope" chronicles a change Mid has recently observed in his own practice; "What is yoga, anyway" highlights some unexpected places where yoga has come to touch our culture.   "A touch of beauty" contains a brief poem and video to impart a hopeful and healthy direction to whatever changes the new year brings you.     


Stay tuned for next week's "Opportunities for my schedule" newsletter.  We've got interesting workshops and new classes in the oven for February and March, and it will give you the details.  We think you'll like them.   



Fay and Mid









Which has changed-me or my practice?




I used to have one of those beautiful wooden kaleidoscopes, and it makes a good metaphor for my experience of yoga.  Here's what I mean, and here's how the transition began for me...  


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What is yoga anyway? 





Somewhere underlying the myriad styles and points of view are commonalities and fundamental changes that all yogis participate in.


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Produced by Katherine, with yoga-links from Katherine, Jenn, Fay, and Mid.