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Hometown: Claremont CA - the city of trees and P.H.D's Childhood aspiration: A veterinarian who stars on Broadway while flipping houses. Totally serious. When and where was your first yoga class: At home with a video tape. Oops, I think I just showed my age. Who is your most influential teacher and why: When was the defining moment when you realized you wanted to teach yoga: A friend I met in the Dayton class asked me to come teach his wrestling team. I couldn't believe he saw ME as a teacher! It seemed crazy, but I couldn't stop thinking about it.  ..

When did you start yoga and where? I started Yoga at this studio almost 6 years ago, at the request of my friend Tina. How often do you practice yoga? My goal is to come 2 times a week, but consistently attend at least once weekly. Why do you practice yoga? I’m an Interior Designer, so I do lots of lifting, moving, and arranging of heavy objects with the stress of deadlines always looming. When I started, my back and hips were very crooked from years of not using all of my muscles. This was taking a toll. What are the primary benefits you experience? ..

Standing Bow Pose ( Dandayamana-Dhanurasana ) Like camel posture, standing bow posture seems to exist on the extremes of Bikram practitioners – for some being their favourite posture and for others being their most loathed. Love it or hate it, this posture is a perfect example of the “tourniquet” effect in Bikram yoga, because it transfers circulation from one side of the body to the other and then equalizes it. Standing bow posture is a very comprehensive posture, improving the flexibility and strength of most of the body’s ..

Try asanas like Downward-Facing Dog and Extended Triangle Pose, which strengthen and stretch your back. Plus, yoga for lower back pain. http://www.yogajournal.com/category/poses/anatomy/lower-back/  ..

Ingredients: 2 cups cooked cauliflower florets, finely chopped *see note 1 large egg 1 large egg white 1/2 cup onion, minced 3 tbsp minced fresh parsley 1/2 cup reduced fat sharp cheddar cheese, grated 1/2 cup seasoned breadcrumbs salt and pepper to taste cooking spray Directions: *to cook the cauliflower florets, steam a little over 2 cups raw cauliflower florets in a little water covered for for 4 to 5 minutes or until tender but not mushy, then drain well and dry on paper towel, then using a knife finely chop and set 2 cups aside. P ..

http://www.yogabasics.com/practice/yoga-for-beginners/breathing-in-asana/ (http://) Photo Credit: Mudam Luxembourg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/mudam/4898131574/) Our natural tendency is to hold the breath or use stress induced breathing (short and shallow) while holding a posture, especially in a challenging pose. This creates stress and tension in the body. In yoga, we want to create a calm and relaxed body, breath and mind through the conscious use of the breath. There are several ways to breathe in asanas, and these will differ with teacher and tradition ..

Ingredients: 2 tablespoons sesame oil, divided 1/2 bunch collards, larger leaves torn (about 5 ounces) 4 scallions, thinly sliced 4 garlic cloves, minced 1 teaspoon lemon pepper or Japanese seasoning salt such as Shichimi 4 cups vegetable broth 2 sheets of dried seaweed (nori) or 1 sheet of kelp 2 tablespoons miso paste 1 14-ounce extra firm tofu, diced into 1/2-inch wide cubes Directions: Preheat the oven to 400°F. Place half the oil in a bowl along with the collards. Rub the oil onto the leaves, and transfer to two baking ..

Hometown: Long Beach, CA When and where was your first yoga class: In Long Beach at a Bikram studio Who is your most influential teacher and why: Red Jen Ford because she's not only an amazing teacher she has influenced me in all aspects of my life on and off the mat. When was the defining moment when you realized you wanted to teach yoga: The feeling I had physically and mentally after class is something I wanted others to experience. What is your teaching philosophy: Yoga has no boundaries and every practice can be different from day to day. How long ha ..

When did you start yoga and where? I started yoga in 2005 in New Jersey at my local gym. At the time I was enjoying group aerobics classes and thought I'd try yoga since I'd heard so many good things about it. How often do you practice yoga? I practice yoga 4 to 5 times a week. Why do you practice yoga? I practice yoga for 2 reasons. First, yoga has helped me connect with the quiet inside myself. It has given me the space to just be, which does wonderful things for my psyche and mood. Second, yoga makes me very strong, and I like the physical challenge it offers.  ..

Standing Head to Knee Pose Dandayamana Janushirasana (Dan-da-yamana Janu-shir-asana) This posture begins in the mind: you must to believe 100% that you can do it! Once you’ve got that mental picture of yourself holding the full expression of Standing Head to Knee, follow these steps: 1. Place your feet together and shift the weight onto one foot. Maintain your balance by distributing the weight equally over the four points of the foot. Engage the arch to contract the muscles on the inside of the thigh. Continuously engage the quadriceps! 2. Suck you ..