November 22, 2018

One of the ways to bring inspiration to a practice where you don't feel particularly inspired or feel confused about what to do, is turn to a book!  Over time, I have built a library of books specifically on how to use props.  They always refresh my practice and help m...

October 8, 2018

Why Yoga Kurunta (a Kurunta is a puppet in South Indian theater)

The use of the rope wall in standing poses (10/12) will help you to break through mental and physical barriers to experiencing a feeling of lightness, balance and freedom, which once felt, can serve as a b...

September 24, 2018

In establishing a home practice or when taking classes, there is comfort in knowing that we all encounter obstacles. Because these distractions are to be expected, we can be prepared and notice as they present themselves.  Noticing is the first step.  Labeling the obst...

September 18, 2018

B.K.S. Iyengar, p.30 Light On Life

"When an asana is done correctly, the body movements are smooth, and there is lightness in the body and freedom in the mind.  When an asana is felt as being heavy , it is wrong.  You must try to impart a feeling of lightness throughout...

September 15, 2018

B.K.S. Iyengar, P. 54 Light on Life:

"Sometimes our body is willing, but our mind is weak and says, "We don't have time," or "Forget it, it's not worth all the effort."  Sometimes it is our mind that is willing, but our body is weak and says, "I'm really to tired for al...

September 13, 2018

"Yoga is a mirror to look at ourselves from within." B.K.S. Iyengar

It appears as though I am looking at my knee, but where am I really looking?  Clue:  It is not my knee!

When we begin a yoga practice, changes start to occur.  As B.K.S. Iyengar says, "yoga turns in...

September 11, 2018

Sometimes a posture just isn't coming.  Something isn't right. I can't move. I'm just stuck with a bunch of obstacles.  At some point I notice I'm ruminating, longing for something different, regretting backsliding and lack of practice of that posture and at some point...

September 9, 2018

B.K.S. Iyengar, Light on Life, p. 56:
"Long uninterrupted practice of asana and pranayama, done with awareness, makes the foundation firm and brings success.  The young, the old, the extremely aged, even the sick and the infirm obtain perfection in yoga by constant pra...

September 8, 2018

Readings can be a launchpad for practice!

Tree of Yoga by B.K.S. Iyengar  

"The third stage, which I call communication or communion, is when the mind observes the contact of the cognition of the skin with the conative action of the flesh, and we arrive at mental action...

September 8, 2018

Snippets from todays class and practice:

Attempting to "wet" or bring life to the sternum.    

BKS Iyengar:  "Now at this age it tells me that even the hardest part, the life in the sternum, is slowing down and drying out. It cautions to be careful. So I have t...

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Kathleen Swanson


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at One Yoga Center

142A Danielson Pike, Foster, RI

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