In the past, I’ve written about my personal experience with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS), a condition that is associated with loose, hypermobile joints that have a greater-than-normal range and degree of movement. People with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome can dislocate their joints easily
During grade school, my sisters and I took ballet classes. We studied at the Cincinnati Conservatory with a lovely young dancer named Donna Ficker. A year or two into our lessons we had to find a new teacher when Donna’s
My son loves to watch this one YouTube video of Danny MacAskill riding his bike across the rooftops of Gran Canaria. Needless to say, this type of physical performance requires unbelievable strength and balance that is beyond the capacity for most of us.
In many yoga classes, it’s common to hear the instruction to “roll up to standing” from a standing forward fold. This isn’t something that’s found in traditional yoga practices. In Ashtanga yoga, you always rise from a forward fold with
If Malasana (Garland Pose) is not part of your regular practice, there are a number of compelling reasons to add it. Benefits of a regular squatting practice include: Opening the hips and groin; Stretching the ankles, hamstrings and back; Giving a little boost
A 14-year-old girl and her mother comes to see the family doctor, complaining about severe anxiety that is interfering with her ability to sleep, social interactions, and school. The mother explains that therapy and/or psychiatry is “too expensive and is
Does your energy sometimes slump for no apparent reason? Are mornings punctuated by mild aches and pains that gradually ease up as you get moving? How about digestion - is yours a bit cranky at times? These symptoms are easily
Thirteen years ago I completed my first yoga teacher training. It was in that setting that I came to understand the powerful relationship between the quality of our breath and the quality of our mind. Yoga teaches that “as the
I recently got the following short comment on a post about Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward-Facing Dog Pose) that I published back in 2015: “What about shoulders in Adho Muka Svanasana? confused yogi...” In reviewing the original post’s fairly detailed instructions on
If you ask most runners what the most important part of their training routine is, without a doubt, they will say that the miles are what matter. Given the option of running for 30 minutes straight, or doing some type
One thing we often do not hear much about in the Yoga world is the mobility & usage of our ankles. While many teachers and practitioners focus primarily on hips with some attention to knees and feet, the poor ankles
As a yoga teacher, one way that you can make your classes and teaching standout is by creating a signature experience. Finding that one special thing you can add to your classes can help set you apart and build student
According to Walter Freeman, one of the great neuroscientists, “All the brain can know it knows from inside itself.” This means that every thought and sensation you experience is your brain’s interpretation of what’s going on based on context and
Does your child have difficulty managing their emotions, making friends or concentrating at school? Does the slightest thing set them off? Do they have frequent emotional or even destructive outbursts? Practicing yoga can be a great way to help manage
Avocados are an excellent way to keep you satiated and your blood sugar levels in check for hours on end. Add a hefty dose of plant-based protein from the quinoa, and you have a winning combination of nutrients and flavors.