Best Yoga on the Web – Friday, November 8, 2013

Best Yoga on the Web

Best Yoga on the Web – Friday, November 8,…

For yoga teachers and serious students, “Best Yoga on the Web” is your hand-picked guide to this week’s best of the best yoga from around the world.  This week – Dharma Comics, Paul Grilley, Soren Gordhamer, and another study confirming the benefits of mindfulness…

Dharma Comics


Dharma Comics is a fun little website about consciousness and the human experience.  Beautiful ideas expressed with wit and warmth.


Paul Grilley’s Response to NY Times Article On Women’s Flexibility

Typical variation in the femur socket, which limits range of motion in splits.  Courtesy Paul Grilley & Joe Dully
Typical variation in the femur socket, which limits range of motion in splits. Courtesy Paul Grilley & Joe Dully


All too often, vague understandings of the human body are passed off as fact, even in NY Times articles.  Paul Grilley is the master to listen to for understanding our body’s abilities and limits during physical yoga practice.  Here, Paul clarifies the  vague concepts of “flexibility” used by many doctors and teachers.  Paul uses the much more accurate terms tension and compression; “Tension is a synonym for ‘stretching’, it is the resistance of fascia (ligaments) or muscles. Compression is bone contacting bone or pinching tissue between bones. To say a person is ‘flexible’ doesn’t discriminate between a large range of motion due to the shape of the bones or a large range of motion due to fascia and muscles being elastic.”  Read Paul’s NY Time’s response for a brief taste of Paul’s concepts.  To take a more in depth look at Paul Grilley’s work, see the recommended videos below, which I frequently use myself.


Yin Yoga with Paul Grilley


advanced yoga practice video paul grilley dvd

Paul Grilley, a founder of yin yoga, is the expert when it comes to yoga anatomy.  His excellent Anatomy for Yoga video graphically explains that we all have different shaped bones, and therefore trying to force ourselves into the classic images of yoga poses is meaningless, and can be dangerous.  This forms the core of Paul’s physical practice philosophy, that each of us has to find our own path within our own unique anatomy.   I also strongly recommend his Yin Yoga: The Foundations of a Quite Practice, which is truly a physical and mental practice for the advanced yogi.  It uses the simplest of poses to help you reach new levels within your practice.


Wisdom 2.0 creator Soren Gordhamer

Wisdom 2.0 is a summit which brings together the top business leaders with top spiritual leaders to create new ways to incorporate consciousness into our daily lives.  My blog at Chris Brown Studios is about Making Consciousness Mainstream, and Soren Gordhamer is doing his part to advance the same goals.  See Soren, plus some of the amazing people from last year’s summit in the video below…


Yet Another Study Touts the Benefits of Mindfulness Training

This time in incarcerated youth… This small study, led by NYU’s Noelle Leonard, tracked the effects of cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness training (CBT/MT) on limiting the effects of emotional disturbance and minimizing impulsive behavior.

prison mindfulness


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Chris Brown

Chris has been practicing both yoga and architecture for over 15 years. He combines them in his Yoga and Design for Conscious Living blog, and believes that the essence of yoga is found in the quality of the relationships we build with ourselves, others, and the world.

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