The Latest Version of You

The Latest Version of You

Updating your mental, physical and spiritual apps with a regular yoga practice by Ryan Glidden Every few days when I pick up my phone, I see the little red bubble hovering over the app store icon. The number inside the bubble tells me I have some apps that need...

What is a Yogi?

I flipped the last page of my book and closed its cover. The content of what I’d just read was sinking in with profound clarity. I got up from my spot on the grass and started the walk back to my car from Ferry Landing in San Diego. As I was walking back something...

Opening the Gates

Today we celebrated my youngest daughters second birthday. When I watch her I see an innocence not yet inhibited by the pains of the physical world.  When I look into her eyes I see even more. They say that the eyes are the gateway to the soul.  When I look into...

7 Steps to Spiritual Maturation

In Georg Feurstein’s book, YOGA Philosophy and History: An Essential Manual for Yoga Teacher Trainings, he outlines seven steps for psychospiritual maturation.  These steps find perfect context in this particular manual since it is the aim of the practice of yoga to...

Protect your Back in Yogasana

Muscular leverage and Arthrokinematics In the kinetic chain (nervous, muscular and skeletal systems) the bones act as levers which are moved by the force of the muscles.  The levers (bones) are moved around different axes (joints) creating what is referred to as...

Deepen your practice in less than 30 seconds

What is PNF and how do I apply it to my yogasana practice? PNF or Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation, sometimes referred to as Facilitated stretching, is a common stretch technique used by physical therapists.  It involves briefly contracting the muscle that...

The Heart of MOSAIC

They say home is where the heart is. The heart of MOSAIC lives in each and every one of its community members. MOSAIC was given its name with the idea of bringing together individuals from varied backgrounds, cultures and beliefs, to connect and create a diverse yet...

Is Yoga The Next Monoculture?

In the early 1900’s half the US population was composed of farmers, many of them operating diversified farms.  They raised livestock, maybe cattle, chickens and goats as well as crops. Over the past 100 years farming has shifted from diversified cultures to...

10 important things I’ve learned since teaching yoga

I’ve been teaching yoga now since 2009.  Having opened my own studio on a small budget, myself and my other partners in MOSAIC, found ourselves teaching quite a bit of yoga.  Today I have roughly 1,500 hours of in class instruction under my belt.  Recently one...