Ayurvedic Eats: 7 Healthy Hacks That Won’t Sacrifice Flavor

Most of us need a little salt, fat, and sugar in our diets. Otherwise, we could throw our bodies completely off balance. Healthy cooking doesn’t mean ruling them out. Instead, we can opt for these foods in forms that have

Satya: Truthfulness on the Mat

When most people think of yoga, they think of physical poses. While they may understand that there’s more to it than just poses, do most people really know what that means? Asana, the physical practice is the third of the

Rounding the Spine in Yoga: Why Spinal Flexion Isn’t Necessarily a Bad Thing

Just like in life, we tend to favor certain things over others in yoga. We favor particular movements, particular patterns, and particular shapes. But sometimes, we demonize things that don’t fit into our favoritism mold. Spinal flexion has become one

Mexican Spiced Quinoa Vegetable Soup

Self-care comes in many forms, and sometimes it’s in the shape of a BIG pot of nourishing soup! Whip up a fresh batch at the beginning of the week to have a cozy bowl available any time you need a

Marla Apt: Refine Your Salabhasana - Building Strength and Vigor in Locust Pose

Salabhasana (Locust Pose) is said to resemble a locust at rest. However, this invigorating pose will seem anything but restful. Since locusts, in the migratory stage of grasshoppers, are known for their movements and swarms, when I practice the pose,

Yoga Anatomy: Avoiding Back Strain in Yoga - How to Prevent Hyper Flexing the Lumbar Spine

In our last post, we focused on the benefits of engaging the quadriceps in forward bends. These include reciprocal inhibition of the hamstrings and the contribution of one head of the quadriceps, the rectus femoris, along with flexing the hip

Teaching Yoga: Focus Your Class Content for Maximum Impact

I was amused to discover that the word priority came into the English language in the 1400s and meant “the very first or prior thing.” It stayed singular till the 1900s and then we started to talk about priorities (plural)

The Benefits of Abdominal Massage and Connection to Well-Being

It can make many people feel uncomfortable when I ask, “Would you like me to massage your abdomen?” All the fears and insecurities arise about the shape of our bellies and what people will think of us. For years there

Tadasana (Mountain Pose): Yoga’s Foundational Pose

Mountain Pose, also called Tadasana, Samasthiti, or Equal Standing Pose, is one of the most basic yoga poses postures. It’s one of the postures in Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutations), vinyasas, and a starting point for standing postures. Standing upright is

Bacteria and Your Brain: Step Up Your Oral Hygiene

We’ve spent billions of dollars on hundreds of Alzheimer’s studies with nothing to show for it. That’s because we were headed in the wrong direction. Now, we know that the brain is bi-directional with the rest of the body and

12 Causes of Chronic Inflammation

I recently wrote a post outlining what chronic inflammation is and how it can cause many health conditions including cancer, atherosclerosis, and type 2 diabetes. This week, we’ll learn about the 12 most common causes of chronic inflammation. The good

Refine Your Trikonasana: A Deeper Look at Triangle Pose Alignment

Trikonasana (Triangle Pose) is one of my favorite poses to practice and teach. This standing pose demands strength and suppleness in the legs and hips. It helps me identify imbalances in my back, and there is a wealth of expansion