Backbending Prep: 3 Mild Yoga Backbends for Energy and Focus

Backbending yoga poses can invigorate us and open up our heart spaces. They’re usually cued at the end of yoga classes, to help give that last push of energy needed to finish class. Classic ones include Setu Bandha Sarvangasana (Bridge

Beat The Chronological Clock: 8 Steps Toward Vibrant Aging With Yoga

We like to blame a lot of things on aging: our lack of energy, our stiff joints, and sore muscles, our rounded shoulders, and our expanding waistlines. But are these changes in our body and functioning inevitable, or are they

Want to Build Stronger Shoulders for Your Yoga Practice? - Try This Weight-Training Sequence in Triangle Pose (Trikonasana)

Yoga with weights?! Really?!? I know some people are really opposed to yoga with weights. I admit that there was a time when I felt the same way, but if you think about it, weights are only props. From my

Yoga Teaching Tips: How to Structure a Yoga Class for a Specific Population

When my son was about five years old, I made a point of finding some after-school activities for him to do. We were lucky that there were plenty of choices within walking distance from where we lived—swimming, ballet, foreign languages,

Summoning the Spirit of Shiva: Yoga for Fall Prevention

For people over the age of 64, falls are both the leading cause of injury-related death and the most common reason for trauma-related hospitalization. Yoga practice may seem an obvious part of any fall-prevention strategy, but up until now, little empirical

Refine Your Yoga Practice: 3 Ways to Explore Half Moon Pose

Ardha Chandrasana (Half Moon Pose) is said to resemble the image of an Indian moon floating in the sky. The Sanskrit word Chandra also refers to the qualities of brilliance or shine of the moon. Although the torso is not

Yoga Anatomy: How to Lower Your Legs in Baddha Konasana

In Yoga Mat Companion Book 2: Anatomy for Hip Openers and Forward Bends, I mention an old Chinese proverb that says, “If you are unable to attain a goal, do not abandon the goal. Rather, change your strategy to reach

Aging and Dementia: Can Yoga Help Keep the Brain Active and Healthy?

Can yoga practice help stave off dementia? I certainly hope so, since genetics suggest that I’m going to be staring dementia straight in the eye. Except, of course, it doesn’t stare back. Instead, it frets, repeatedly asking, “What day is