Dearest yogis and yoginis,
This month I'd like to discuss "awareness". We cultivate awareness in our yoga practice with the simple act of breathing consciously, and I hope that awareness doesn't end with your yoga class. It's important to remain connected to what is happening inside us as well as around us: the obvious things like driving habits may save lives; the subtle things like recycling may impact our species' time on this planet. There are a group of yogis who toured across Europe, carrying with them all the trash they created, trying not to exceed what they can fit into one backpack (you can read more about their experience here). What a wonderful exercise on awareness! There are many ways to become awakened to what's around us. I hope you take some time in the coming holiday months to find a way to connect and stay aware - whether through yoga or your trash!
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Pawanmuktasana Series (Joint Freeing Series)
I've attached a file that depicts some great movements and stretches for the joints; these are recommended for students with various ailments such as: arthritis, bursitis, chronic fatigue syndrome, headaches, lymphedema, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease. Even if you don't suffer from these disorders, the series is a wonderful way to keep the joints supple during the cool months of fall and winter!