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Yoga Off the Mat

Yoga Off the Mat

Deep Breathing Saves a Life

One of our own, a mild-mannered 500 hr-certified Kripalu Yoga Teachers, is also a Police Crisis Negotiator, for real. I’ll refer to her as Sandy. She and her partner spent 36 straight hours (8 on/8 off) on the phone with a veteran of military combat who was barricaded in his house with a rifle, threatening to end his life.

He had seen too much war. Yet he called in asking for help. And when he started to ...

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What is Gentle Yoga?

Rudy teaching teachersGentle Yoga is one term used by many to mean many things. Gentle Yoga can refer to a variety of types of yoga classes taught by teachers from various styles of yoga. In this era of the rapidly growing popularity of yoga, classes are springing up everywhere. If you are shopping around for a satisfying yoga class you’ll want to ...

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Travel Stretching

To stretch or not to stretch…that is the question.

My wife, Joyce and I were talking about travel this morning and my mind flashed on an experience I had many years ago when I was waiting for a ride after my arrival at the airport in San Francisco.  I was standing out at the curb with my bags wondering what was holding up my friend (no cell phones back then).  But it was a beautiful day (the kind of thing that ...

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Gentle Yoga: When the Sensation Increases, Deepen the Breath

Some thoughts on Gentle Yoga and breathing…

“Yoga is about changing our habits.” Rodney Yee

It is our habit to shorten the breath when sensation increases. This is a coping mechanism. A wonderful defense of the human organism to ward off the shock of traumas large and small.  In yoga practice the possibility is to feel more. Yoga helps us increase sensitivity and awareness. Ultimately this helps us make more skillful, conscious choices and allows us to create greater fulfillment in life.  ...

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Holiday Gentle Yoga 12/29 – 1/2

The Joy of Gentle Yoga 12/29 at Kripalu in Lenox, MA was a successful Gentle Yoga immersion experience. Kripalu Center was the place to be for inspiration and rejuvenation over New Year’s weekend.  We began 2011 with focused relaxation.  Watch my presenter page on Kripalu’s website and sign up for my newsletter by emailing me at so you will know about future Gentle Yoga ...

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Echoes from Men’s Yoga Quest

August 2009:  This past week, 7 men joined Chuck Naughton, Ben Seidman, Shaun LaFramboise and I for the 5-day Men’s Yoga Quest at Kripalu Center, Lenox MA. This morning I feel great! Grateful, strong, content, thoughtful. I’ll share one nugget that reverberates into activities of daily life like an unexpected pebble dropped into the pond, guest at the door. We begin the program considering what we need. What do I need from these five days? What do I need at ...

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Want to boost fall class attendance?

I just got a great idea from Jennifra Norton while visiting her for a summer beach weekend in Harwich, Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Jennifra was part of the talented YTT Kickasana tribe of November ’06. While reminiscing, she mentioned that she had used my Gentle I CD to launch an attendance drive for her classes at that year. The drive was a great success and I thought I’d like to support other teachers by mentioning her brilliant idea. ...

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GentleYogi road trip successes

I did not know exactly what to expect as I began my month-long road trip through the heartland of the U.S. on May 31st, 2009. I had set up stops at six studios in Ohio, Illinois, St. Louis and Iowa. In the middle of this trip was a 10-day family visit in Kansas, picking up my wife Joyce at the Kansas City airport, and staying in Topeka, then Emporia and Newton in  South Central Kansas. So, I knew I would ...

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Gentleyogi hits the road

ROAD TRIP! The Gentleyogi takes gentle yoga on the road this June (2009) while traveling to Kansas to visit his wife’s family.  We will be driving this time and fortunately, we have the luxury of time.  If you own a yoga studio or have a favorite yoga studio in the St. Louis or Kansas City area, let me know.  I would love to drop by, pay a visit, take a class, or lead a class or workshop. I’ll be driving ...

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Gentleyogi re-emerges!

The GentleYogi site, although dormant for awhile, is springing back to life, just in time for the turning of the seasons.Renewed through new inspiration, direction, and exciting new projects. Make sure to subscribe to our email list and bookmark us on your web browser.

Times have been very busy since summer 2008.In August 2008, I had the honor of co-leading a monthlong 200-Hour ...

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