7 Ways Yoga Keeps Chronic Pain from Wearing You Down

I recently met with one of my students for a private yoga session to address her continued experience of chronic pain. For this student, a combination of age-related changes to her spine and musculoskeletal system, as well as ongoing side

Movement Transformations Part 2: Understanding the Nature of Functional Movement

In Part 1, Peter Blackaby explores our shifting understanding of the nature of movement from a mechanical model to an emphasis on the holistic, functional nature of movement. In this article, he goes more deeply into what functional movement is, and what it

Finding Equanimity and Grace: A Meditation on Breast Cancer

Why Practice Mindfulness? Last July, I had the good fortune to sit an 18-day meditation retreat at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Marin County, California. After 28 years of attending Vipassana retreats I’m aware that they are always a challenge,

Green Pumpkin Smoothie Bowl

Why wait for fall to enjoy delicious pumpkin dishes!? Try this yummy, colorful and nutritious green pumpkin smoothie bowl brought to you by Kale & Chocolate's Elise Museles. Two for the price of one! All the flavors and nutrients of the pumpkin

Movement Transformations: From Isolated Parts to Holistic Patterns - Part 1

When we consider movement in humans (or animals for that matter), we must start out with the understanding that there is no such thing as a prescription for perfect movement. It is sometimes tempting to think we could hone the

Navigating Cancer Treatment: How Yoga Can Help

While most of us have been touched by breast cancer in some way—from our own experience or that of family members and friends—we aren’t necessarily aware of strategies for early detection and for supporting ourselves and our loved ones who

Yoga Reduces the Stress of In Vitro Fertilization Study Shows

For millions of couples, infertility can be one of the most stressful situations they deal with in their relationship. In fact, some say it can be as stressful as dealing with a fatal disease such as cancer. For many, in

Practicing Karma Yoga: Yoga Reaches Out

As we know, yoga began not as a “workout” but as a spiritual and personal development path. Accordingly, service to others, seva, selfless service in the Sanskrit translation, was one of yoga’s original components. Karma yoga, another branch of yoga,

Living Gracefully With the Financial Challenges of Teaching Yoga

If you’re like me, you probably decided to teach yoga because of your desire to share the practice you cherish. Back in 1982 when I made the decision to pursue training to teach, the economy and the yoga community was

How To Find Your Anchor in Balancing Poses

Have you ever noticed how reading in the back seat of the car makes you queasy? How the Body Creates Balance This response is pretty typical since it reflects a conflict between three main sensory inputs that inform our sense of

Do Your Bones Affect Your Mood? The Surprising Bone-Brain Link

Does our skeleton—and bones—play a role for our health and wellbeing beyond ‘just’ holding up our body, as previously assumed? Indeed, research now indicates that hormones produced as part of building bone mass may be central to energy usage, reproduction, and