What is Sanskrit?

It's pretty common for yoga teachers to blend the English and Sanskrit during class, so let's chat a bit about Sanskrit. Today on the blog we'll dive into what Sanskrit is, where it comes from, and some of the key translations that will help you to start understanding it.

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Morgan Casavant
Yoga Myth Series: Hanumanasana

The story behind how Hanumanasana - the splits - came to be just happens to be one of my favorites. This story has everything: love, adventure, destruction, self-empowerment, obstacles, and a happy ending. Let's do this.

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Morgan Casavant
How Yoga Taught Me to Love Myself Again

Morgan takes a moment to open up about how her history with disordered eating led her to yoga (and how yoga absolutely saved her life). If discussion of negative body image and disordered eating is not healthy for you, please take a pause for self-care and sit this one out.

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Morgan Casavant
Remembering September 11th

On this day 18 years ago I was living on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. I was in college for dance and was still drowning in grief from my father’s unexpected death 10 months prior. The morning of September 11th my roommate came into my room and shook me awake, “a plane has just crashed into the World Trade Center!”

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Elizabeth Marberry
What are the 8 Limbs of Yoga?

The 8 Limbs of Yoga come from Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra. In this, the eightfold path is called ashtanga (ashta - eight, anga - limb). These eight steps are meant to be guidelines for living purposefully and are a moral and ethical description for self-discipline. The eight-limbed path forms the structural framework for the yoga practice.

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Morgan Casavant
Yoga Myth Series: Virabhadrasana

Virabhadrasana, the Warrior Pose. In yoga class, we often encounter Warrior I, Warrior II, and Warrior III as they offer so many wonderful benefits for your mind and body. They are strengthening, focusing, and balancing postures that are worth visiting time and time again. And, as a bonus, these poses have a pretty cool story behind them.

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Morgan Casavant
Using Dance and Yoga as Adult Playtime + Why That's Important

When is the last time you got to play? And I mean for real - no agenda, no rules, no purpose... just play. Hopefully it was recently! But if you're like most of us, maybe it's been too long since your last play sesh. Rest assured... you are not alone. Here are some reasons why adding childlike playfulness back into your life is important, and some ways you can practice play at the studio.

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Morgan Casavant
4 Benefits of Waking Up Earlier

Instead of jumping out of bed and into the fray, what if you could wake up slowly? Have time to read or meditate, or even sit down to eat breakfast? I've found that having a morning routine completely changed my attitude toward life. And I've got science and philosophy to back me up and share with you.

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Morgan Casavant
Interview With GROOV3 Creator, Ben Allen

GROOV3 is an out-of-the-box hip-hop dance fitness workout that makes you dance, sweat, and live beyond your workout. It's designed to be a class for all levels and all backgrounds. I got a chance to ask the creator of GROOV3, Ben Allen, some questions about GROOV3, his inspiration, and his life. Check out what he had to say!

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Elizabeth Marberry
Here's How I Learned to Love Dancing Again as an Adult

I’ve danced my entire life but, in order to enjoy dance as an almost-40-year-old woman, I have had to let go of many of the storylines that were fed to me as a child. I see this in many of my adult dancers now that walk into Passion Force for class. They too have to unlearn past patterns that may be holding them back. Here are 8 lessons I’ve learned and used to rewrite my own storylines.

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Elizabeth Marberry