Author: Andrea Stern

Yoga Basics # 11 Practice is the key!

In this last class of Yoga Basics, we reflect on what we’ve learned.  By understanding the alignment of asana gives you the power of selfceare during your practice. Within this essence you can tap into its transformative power to cultivate balance, peace, and well-being in your live. Even yoga teachers like me are still students and devote time to their […]

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Yoga and Singing Bowls

I invite you to a unique yoga experience. This coming Thursday, during my regular yoga class time, we will connect breathing techniques and asanas in resonance with the sounds of singing bowls and gongs. In this class, I will guide you through a sequence of gentle yoga poses and breathing exercises. My dear friend Patrizia will accompany us with her […]

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Yoga Basics #10 The Timeless Wisdom of Yoga Philosophy

After exploring the basic principles of alignment in various asanas and breath work, today, in this 10th lesson, we focus on the Yoga Philosophy, specifically the eight limbs the Yoga Sutras. Patanjali, often regarded as the father of yoga, documented this ancient wisdom in 195 aphorisms. These profound principles are just the tip of the iceberg of Yogic philosophy. Those […]

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Yoga Basics #9: Inversion – Joyfully turn the world upside down

In yoga, an inversion is any pose where your heart is higher than your head. This includes challenging poses like Handstand and Dolphin Pose (Ardha Pincha Mayurasana), as well as relaxing poses like Child’s Pose (Balasana) and Legs Up the Wall Pose (Viparita Karani). Turning the world upside down, children love to do it in such a playful way. If […]

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Yoga Basics #7: The Calming Power of Forward Bends

These gentle movements carry a profound calming effect on the nervous system, inviting you to surrender and cultivate humility with each breath. The essence of forward bends lies in their ability to gently stretch the entire back of the body, while also providing a subtle massage to your internal organs. As you fold forward gracefully, your nerves are invited to […]

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Yoga Basics #6: Twist – “Rejuvenate Yourself with the Balancing Twists of Asanas”

Twists offer you a rejuvenating effects and a range of physical and mental benefits. Particularly effective after sequences involving forward or backward bends, twists serve as balancing asanas. During your practice, it is necessary to maintain spine length, and initiating rotation from the core is the key to their effectiveness. Incorporating twists into your practice yields numerous advantages: It’s important […]

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Yoga Basic 5. Core – The Center of your body

The center is the abdominal muscles, which promote connection to your core. This isn’t about getting a six-pack like in fitness training, but rather about deep anchoring within yourself. Networking this profound musculature is essential on a physical level for stabilizing the lumbar spine. Building these deep abdominal muscles prevents lower back pain. Additionally, here lies the potential of your […]

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Yoga Basics 4 – Standing Poses

Standing asanas, or poses, form an integral part of the yogic journey, spanning from foundational Mountain Pose to the dynamic Warriors, Pyramids, and Triangle. Within these postures lies a delicate balance between strength and ease, inviting practitioners to harmonize their entire body from head to toe. The Alignment and Stability commences with rooted feet. It’s essential to activate the longitudinal […]

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Yoga Basic 3 – Sun Salutation: Energize Your Day with Sun Salutation

The Sun Salutation is one of the most well-known and beloved sequences of asanas. It combines dynamism, strength, flexibility, endurance, and concentration. It is ideally suited for one’s regular practice at home, as the sequence is clear and its structure easy to follow. Especially in the morning, it is an ideal springboard into the day, to greet it energize in […]

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