a trip to Yogaglo

I’m just getting back from a great trip to California. One of my best friends (and an amazing yoga teacher, check her out www.pilarcarillo.com) and I took Jason Crandell’s class at YogaGlo in Santa Monica. YogaGlo is an online yoga studio. Only $18 a month, some of the best teachers across the U.S. travel to Santa Monica, teach classes for free, then post the classes online for yogis across the world. Super cool concept. I started practicing with YogaGlo when I lived in England, when the rain and grey kept me away from class.

The studio itself is clean and modern. Sunshine streams in from the skylight. It’s a great space for yoga practice.

From the start, Jason has been a favorite of mine. He lives in San Francisco, travels extensively, and trained under Rodney Yee. His classes are alignment-based but it ain’t no Iyengar ūüôā . He’s a skilled and thoughtful teacher who doesn’t make it to the East Coast too often, so I was psyched to practice with him while in CA. ¬†I have learned so much from him on YogaGlo and would love to do a 500 hour training Crandell-style. Here are a few photos from my trip. If you’re in LA, definitely check out YogaGlo!

Imagepilar at yogagloCara @ YogaGloyogaglo filming

Are You Addicted to Pain?

Most of us are. In this Yogaglo meditation, David Harshada Wagner discusses the human addiction to pain and habits of suffering. In The Bhagavad Gita, an ancient Indian text, yoga is the severance of union with pain. What’s your relationship to pain?¬†

David asks us difficult questions here. If we’re really honest, we might notice we crave pain. ¬†“If something or someone causes you pain, does it get more of your attention? If someone says something negative or insulting to you, it will play over and over within your mind. ¬†We are still repeating things that were said to us as little kids on the playground. We are not repeating the fun, happy events. We don’t obsessively repeat nice things. That is the nature of most people’s minds.”

This ¬†meditation questions our relationship to pain and asks us to bring joy in instead. ¬†Do you nurture your union with pain? ¬†It’s very often something we’re unconsciously doing.

You can watch David’s meditation “Living Wisdom: Addicted to Pain” here on Yogaglo.

David Harshada Wagner

David Harshada Wagner will be at Kripalu, ¬†February 14-17, ¬†leading a “Big Heart Meditation” retreat.


Compass Pose

Asana of the Week:

Parivrtta Surya Yantrasana 

Compass Pose

Compass pose

This pose looks impossible, but looks are deceiving! Darren Rhodes makes Compass so accessible you *might* wonder why your knee isn’t¬†always¬†on top of your shoulder. ¬†Right?! ¬† This is a ¬†really¬†deep hamstring stretch that is equally intense for the shoulders and side body. Go only as far as you can. ¬†And breathe ūüôā

Compass Pose Tutorial with Darren Rhodes on Yogaglo