Practice

The Meaning of
"Namaste"

What does Namaste mean? Yoga Journal expert and teacher Aadil Palkhivala explains the meaning behind the term.

The gesture Namaste represents the belief that there is a Divine spark within each of us that is located in the heart chakra. The gesture is an acknowledgment of the soul in one by the soul in another.

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How Often Should You
Practice Yoga?

National Yoga Month kicks off tomorrow! Looking to take your practice to the next level? Eddie Modestini, a longtime student of K. Pattabhi Jois and B.K.S. Iyengar, who will lead Yoga Journal’s upcoming online course, Vinyasa 101: The Fundamentals of Flow reveals how often "serious" yogis roll out their mats. (Sign up now to be the first to know when this essential guide to vinyasa yoga launches.)

If a student wants to become a serious yogi, the first question I ask is: "Do you have a yoga teacher

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What's So Sacred About the
Number 108?

I've read of people doing 108 Sun Salutations (Surya Namaskar A) at the time of the spring equinox. What is the significance of the number 108?

The number's significance is open to interpretation. But 108 has long been considered a sacred number in Hinduism and yoga. Traditionally, malas, or garlands of prayer beads, come as a string of 108 beads (plus one for the "guru bead,"

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A Sequence for Feeling at
Home in Every Pose

People with bigger bodies are discovering comfort and empowerment in yoga studios around the globe. Use these tips to help support yourself, or your students, on the mat.

For decades, Anna Guest-Jelley felt disconnected from 
her body. But then, standing in a yoga class sometime in her late 20s, she felt a glimmer of a connection when the teacher cued her to feel what was happening with her right little toe.

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Partner Poses

Learn how to teach this nine-pose partner sequence in a way that fosters balance, strength, and flexibility, while encouraging communication, trust and playfulness.

Partner Yoga explores conventional yoga poses in tandem with another person, which may sound fun to some students, but to others, it’s completely horrifying! In other words, teaching partner poses requires creativity, skillful execution and a healthy dose of playfulness.

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