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Yoga has helped me…in ways I never expected!

Like many people, I came to yoga in the 1990s mostly out of curiosity. And, like many people, I was interested in yoga for its physical benefits. For me, yoga’s best offer was a subtle promise to stretch my spine. As a short, small-boned woman whose grandmothers and aunts all had the shrimp-backed, sure signs…

Tapas, the Third Niyama

What is Tapas? It is dedication. It is fire. It is purpose. It means showing up, ready for what appears in front of you. Tapas is the third Niyama, or personal practice of yoga philosophy. When you show up regularly for yoga practice, you will begin to notice small changes across areas of daily life….

Three Particular Benefits of a Yoga Practice

  As yoga gains in popularity, the claims of its benefits are numerous, ranging from the technically medical to the wildly metaphysical.  At times it seems like a cure-all, which can also make it appear over-rated and perhaps bogus. Yoga is a both a weight-bearing and stretching exercise so it is expected that it will…

The Power and Impact of Yoga

  I must begin by saying, “thank you.” Because if you are reading this post, it means you are a supporter of You Call This Yoga, and you help make possible one of the most uplifting programs I’ve ever been a part of. Now, I have two questions for you. Why do you do yoga?…

Balance of Consumption

  We are consumers. Have you ever taken a quiet minute to consider all that you consume in a day? Most people would likely instantly think of the food that they ate that day. True, the consuming of food is a necessary daily ritual, but what else are we consuming and why? We consume a…