Ashtanga at Any Age: Inspiration from Alma Thomas and Cognitive Improvement Research

Ashtanga at Any Age: Inspiration from Alma Thomas and Cognitive Improvement Research

This week, my reflections are deeply anchored by my decade-long journey with a dedicated student, Ron. As our sessions evolved from power-packed vinyasa to the disciplined practice of Mysore, an intriguing question bubbled up: Why do older adults, like Ron, gravitate towards yoga? While the physical transformations are palpable, it’s the cognitive rejuvenation that’s turning heads. Delving into the tales of Alma Thomas, a late-blooming artist, and recent research from the University of Illinois, we uncover yoga’s holistic gift — a dance of physical mastery and cognitive bloom. For every Ron seeking a deeper ‘why’ in their practice, this exploration promises insights into the boundless potential of age and the brain’s synergy with yoga.

Mastering Stretching: Understanding Spinal Reflexes for Ashtanga Yoga Practitioners

Mastering Stretching: Understanding Spinal Reflexes for Ashtanga Yoga Practitioners

Wondering why you just can’t seem to get longer and stronger? Understanding spinal reflexes related to stretching can be a game-changer in your Ashtanga yoga practice. Slow and steady wins the stretching race, stimulating your Golgi tendon organs can prevent injury, and utilizing Reciprocal Inhibition can deepen your stretches. And remember, your spinal reflexes are always looking out for you, even if your brain is the last to know. Happy stretching, yogis

In Times of Crisis, Pratyahara

In Times of Crisis, Pratyahara

In times of crisis, the practice of Pratyahara can help us navigate the overwhelming influx of information and emotions. It’s not about tuning out the world, but rather pausing and gathering ourselves to respond with clarity and compassion. Discover how this ancient yogic practice promotes self-awareness and supports those who are suffering.

Places to Practice Ashtanga

Places to Practice Ashtanga

Looking to practice Ashtanga in the Washington, DC area? You’re in luck, as DC and Northern Virginia has a bounty of powerful, talented teachers… no wonder we have such an inspired (and inspiring!) community of practitioners. The following is a list of places that you can find mysore-style ashtanga vinyasa yoga: DC Ashtanga @ The Yoga Club3423 14th Street, NW WashingtonWho? Michael Joel Hall (me! kpjayi level 2 authorized) Why? A beautiful space, a lovely community. And –well– me. My approach is direct, collaborative, and encourages systems thinking and autonomy. Decidedly non-dogmatic,…