the new yoga competition

i remember when i first heard about bikram’s asana championship (was it in 2002?). i was absolutely appalled. how could there be an asana championship when asana is a state of mind far more than a state of body? were they going to attach electrodes to competitors’ heads to see who was the calmest? fast…

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instant karma’s not gonna get you

bad news. instant karma is not gonna get you. worse news. there’s no such thing as instant karma beyond the beatles. as my mom always told me, “life is not a meritocracy.” and as an adult, i can now attest (excuse my french), “no shit.” i say this by way of justifying the karmic concept,…

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what would bob do?

when i started yoga–around the turn of the century–each asana had two names. one was the sanskrit name and one was the translation. bhujangasana, cobra. dhanurasana, bow. natarajasana, king dancer. these days, it seems every pose has a hundred names. none in sanskrit and none in translation. classic asana nomenclature has transformed into modern slang.…

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$#!+ some very famous yoga teachers have told me…

By Shana | January 2, 2012

my classes have always been small…one or two handfuls of dedicated and very hard-working students. yogathletica classes are unique, unlike most any class out there (definitely way unlike the popular classes), and egotistically ungratifying. my classes are for people who want to work on some seriously tough challenges, regardless of the outcome. i’ve never been…

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confessions of a yoga douche

By Shana | December 30, 2011

so there’s this picture going around the internet of a guy doing a modified pincha mayurasana (forearm balance) in the middle of a bikram studio with a bunch of indignant girls sitting around, utterly unamused. on it is the caption “don’t be a yoga douche”. it’s gotten hundreds of “likes” on facebook, followed by hundreds…

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building core strength for handstand

By Shana | December 28, 2011

in my last video (, i showed you how to do a freestanding handstand in the middle of the room. consider this the prequel, showing you how to build and utilize your core strength specifically for coming into these slow, controlled handstands. we will work with the wall as a tool for learning how to…

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the only person who wants to hear me sing…

By Shana | December 28, 2011

i have this one client. she’s 44 years old and has severe down syndrome. i’d say she has the mentality of about a one-and-a-half to two-year-old and she is purely incredible. we’ve been working together for two-and-a-half years now. she can hold half-moon longer than just about any of my students and–even better–she tells me…

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paying the yoga bills

By Shana | December 27, 2011

i know a yogini who had $30,000 in debt with target. yes, target. please don’t ask me how…i can only imagine. anyway, seven years passed and the debt still wasn’t paid. target was still knocking down her door for payment and she was indignant. according to her, if seven years have passed, the debt should…

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sex sells!

By Shana | December 26, 2011

so, there have been some comments about my incredibly glamorous hairstyle in yesterday’s youtube video. perhaps i should reshoot with something more fabulous. afterall, sex sells, right? i’m sure the yogis thousands of years ago would never have shot a video like this without at least a stylist and some strategic make-up! what was i…

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freestanding handstands! happy christmukkah!

By Shana | December 25, 2011

for your holiday gift, i spent hours if not days looking for the perfect present. it basically came down to a candle shaped like jesus, a latke doorstop, or this…a video on how to do a freestanding handstand (adha mukha vrksasana) in the middle of the room. yi-ha! right? check it out at

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holiday aparigraha

By Shana | December 24, 2011

forget about the list of things we want during the holidays–the jewelry, the cars, the houses in the hamptons–and let’s talk for a second about the things that we need. any day of the week, you can hear yourself with that list. it’s a great topic of conversation. “i really need a new pair of…

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shoulderstand ballet

By Shana | December 23, 2011

what is it about supported shoulderstand (salamba sarvangasana) that people go into it and they suddenly think they are in the bolshoi ballet? they start doing twists, splits, little air plies. this is a phenomenon that continues to mystify me. all yoga poses are termed “asana” because of the stillness (mental and physical) they are…

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yoga for everyone and his mom…as long as his mom wants to work her ass off.

By Shana | December 22, 2011

when i left the world of hard-core athletes ten years ago for a life of yoga, it wasn’t because of the workout…even though it is an amazing workout, for sure. the term “yoga” means “yoke”.  yoke what? yoke together. yoke together what? yoke together mind, body, and spirit. honestly, you don’t have to be doing…

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