Cats are natural yogis.

»Posted by on Apr 2, 2011 in Yoga | 0 comments

For proof, check this out: Enjoy! — Jennifer Emerald Yoga Studio, 15 Columbia Road, Pembroke, MA 02360. 781-826-9624. Got something to say? Comment below, or submit your own blog post to

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I’m too sexy for my cat (pose)

»Posted by on Mar 9, 2011 in Yoga | 1 comment

Heads turn when Mary walks into her yoga class. Her yoga togs are to die for: lululemon tank top, Lucy boot-cut yoga pants, a black cord necklace with a gold om symbol dangling with a raw-cut amethyst. Jane slips into class quietly and escapes notice in her cutoff shorts in faded green, an AC/DC tour shirt she stole from her husband’s dresser drawer, and a plastic headband she got at the dollar store. Both Mary and Jane step onto their mats, side by side, hands in anjali mudra, and begin their practice. Whose practice is more effective? Answer: Neither. That’s right, neither. That protesting scream you hear is the collective horror of expensive yoga wear manufacturers because they think they have us fooled. But they just don’t. It does not...

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“It’s been a while since my last Olympics…”

»Posted by on Mar 3, 2011 in Health, Yoga | 0 comments

Joe played football in college. But it’s been a lot of years since, and though Joe works hard, he hasn’t been exercising. He’s also gained 20 pounds. He decides it’s time to get his body back in shape, and his friends have told him yoga is a great way to do it. He comes to his first class and as he moves through the asanas, he finds himself in a competitive state of mind. Sure, it’s been years since the football field, he thinks, but shouldn’t he be able to keep up in a yoga class? He watches the most obviously advanced students, and tries to emulate their ease in different poses. Bad idea. The next day he’s stiff, his back hurts, he’s feeling a little tendonitis — in short, he’s not exactly feeling...

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Drink this.

»Posted by on Feb 13, 2011 in Health, Yoga | 2 comments

I went online recently to see if I could find some data to back up something I’d read some time back: that drinking room temperature water during exercise is better than drinking cold water because your body absorbs it better. Here’s one of the first things I found after Googling “yoga drinking water”: A Yoga Journal article entitled “Hold the H2O: Why some yoga teachers caution against drinking water in class.” Rodney Yee, a legendary and impressive yoga teacher, says in this article that the obvious reason a yoga student should avoid drinking water during class is “visual and aural distraction.” In other words, a notable reason not to drink water in class is because you might disturb the class with swallowing,...

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