In Praise of Learning in Sanskrit

When I first started yoga, I carefully selected tapes and streams where the instructor used little to no Sanskrit terms.  My thought process here was: Why would I want to try learning another language when I’m already busy trying to put my heart on my shin? (still has not happened).  Over time, I learned many poses, in English, and a few poses and concepts in Sanskrit.  Now, here comes the complication.  As I’m a little more advanced – a little – and take a wider variety of classes now, I find that different instructors use different amounts of Sanskrit.  Some … Continue reading

Vitamin B12 Deficiency in the Vegan/Raw Diet

There are many vitamins and minerals that we hear about in the media, from medical professionals, and from our parents/family growing up.  We mostly understand that we require some calcium, vitamin D, vitamin C, and iron.  We understand that we need protein (though there are very interesting debates about how much).  However, many of us have no clue about the B vitamins.  Vitamin B12 can be a particular issue for those on a vegan diet who do not consume fortified food/drink (like soymilk).  Thus, raw vegans may be more inclined to a B12 deficiency. Why is this important? B12 is … Continue reading

Home or Studio – What is the Best Location for Practice?

When I first started yoga, I had little time or inclination to try to find a studio.  Like many people, I started with a DVD (AM yoga by Rodney Yee – I highly recommend it for a first try).  After a while of doing one DVD and then gradually adding a few more, I found yogatoday.com online.  At that time, yogatoday was offering a 1 hour free streaming class every day – what a deal!  I still didn’t look into studio classes, even after a yoga studio opened up a mile from my house (Yogawood in Collingswood, NJ).  In fact, … Continue reading