The Complete Vinyasa
by Srivatsa Ramaswami

The Heart of Yoga
by T. K. V. Desikachar

Yoga of Heart
by Mark Whitwell

Back Care Basics
by Mary Pullig Schatz (M.D.)
Barbara Templeton, MS, E-RYT (500)
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March 31, 2005

Stress Reduction Part I

Simple Steps to Reduce Your Stress Part I

This month is focusing on stress awareness. Each Saturday in April the Daily Tips will feature a stress-reduction technique.

Breathing strongly influences both mind and body. By simply focusing your attention on your breathing, and without doing anything to change it, you move in the direction of relaxation and stress reduction. Since thoughts are the source of much of our anxiety, guilt and unhappiness, get in the habit of shifting your awareness to your breath whenever you find yourself dwelling on upsetting thoughts. For more information and instruction on breathing exercises, visit the Spirit area in the Mind/Body/Spirit section on

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March 28, 2005

Yoga Nidra Effortless Transformation - April 29th, 2006 - 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Bring peace and meaning into your life!

I invite you to join me for a profoundly relaxing and rejuvenating experience that could change your life! Yoga nidra is a deeply relaxing practice that benefits memory, knowledge and creativity. This technique has been proven to reduce the occurrence of stress related illnesses, treat insomnia and increase well-being.

All levels are welcome - participants are encouraged to come with a personal intention or resolution for the practice - no prior yoga experience is necessary

The workshop will be held at Yogaworks Laguna Beach, 30818 Pacific Coast Highway Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Feel free to contact me with questions via e-mail at or phone 949.338.3793 or call the studio to register at 949-415-0955

The pre-registration cost is $35 or $40 the day of, if open spots are available

Posted by Barbara at 10:37 AM

March 23, 2005

My Relationship with Mark Whitwell

In response to a message I received asking me about my relationship with Mark Whitwell I am moved to write about how I found Mark and what he means to me as well as how he has effected my life. Following my month long yoga teacher training at Kripalu Center I began to attend classes at Sacred Movement yoga center in LA. One day I received an announcement that Mark Whitwell was conducting a workshop there and when I read the description and his bio and saw that he had had an extended relationship with Krishnamacharya I decided to go. I could only attend one of the 2 days as I was teaching yoga the other day. As I sat there and heard the words he spoke I could barely fathom what he was saying as it was so foreign. Having been raised in a Catholic family the thought of relaxing and enjoying my life as well as ceasing to beat myself up over everything was so refreshing. I wanted more.

So at the end of the workshop he invited us to come to his yoga class and I went and experienced something so profound that I went home that night and had the most vivid dreams. I felt such a relief. Consequently I traveled to Los Angeles as much as I could to attend his classes and workshops. I read an excerpt from his book on his website that spoke to me and since I love to write I approached him about helping him with his book. We met often and myself and my husband and I worked on the book with Mark many a weekend at our home in Laguna Beach. It was through the yoga and the book that I developed a deep love and reverence for Mark. I think of Mark as family and he is always in my heart. Mark has shaped my yoga teaching and practice so deeply. He truly taught me how to be with the breath and teach my students the same concept. He also taught me to cease the struggle and enjoy my life. I often think of him when deciding even the simplest of decisions as I live my life in terms of what will make me the happiest. Mark gleaned an essence of yoga that has been unspoken up to this point and it is that essence that speaks to my heart.

Posted by Barbara at 09:26 PM

March 07, 2005

Yoga tip from one of my long time favorite guys-Dr. Andrew Weil

Yoga for Weight Loss

Any form of physical exercise will help to burn calories - and thus support weight-loss efforts - but some forms of exercise are gentler on the body than others. Yoga is a great way to burn calories, increase muscle (which in turn burns more calories) and enhance stretching, which is important for keeping joints limber and preventing injury. If a yoga class seems too intimidating, read up on the practice of yoga (the Body section of Mind/Body/Spirit on has easy-to-use information and a class finder, courtesy of Yoga Journal) and begin doing poses on your own. You may consider renting or buying a yoga video as well. Then, once you feel comfortable, look around for a yoga studio in your area. You are sure to feel the benefits - both physical and mental - that yoga provides!

Posted by Barbara at 07:42 PM