Yoga Research: How to Identify Sound Studies on Yoga and Meditation

There’s a stream of new research emerging about yoga and mindfulness, and even more popular news and social media posts about the health effects of mind-body practices. This research asks important questions, such as: Can yoga improve your mood? Is

Pigeon Pose (Eka Pada Rajakapotasana) Yoga Myths: Flexing the Foot and Parallel Shins

Have you been in yoga class, plopped into Kapotasana (Pigeon Pose), and been told to flex your foot “to protect the knee?” When I first began practicing yoga, like a dutiful yogini, I followed my teacher’s instructions and diligently flexed

A Quick Yoga Pick-Me-Up: Pranayama Practice for Increased Energy

Several months ago I got in a habit of going for a short walk in the morning to clear my mind and get myself ready for the day. Those 15 minutes turned out to be crucial in getting my day

Quarantine Blues: How to Make Home Yoga Practice Your Sanctuary

“Isolation makes any problem bigger,” says Leslie Wilkin, a clinical social worker. Normally, Leslie Wilkin sees her clients at Island Health in Nanaimo face to face for depression, anxiety, addictions, and other mental health challenges. Due to Covid-19, in-person therapy

Banish the Slouch: Chair Yoga for Healthier Posture

Yoga is truly for everyone, but especially for readers, who tend to sit in slouched, hunched positions for hours at a time. I teach this class at library events and book signings, but even those of you too far away

Relaxation, Yogic Breathing and The Vagus Nerve: It's All About the Exhalation

What is the number one thing anyone is told to do in moments of high intensity or stress? Breathe, of course. But do you know why?  It’s not a secret that your breath is the most accessible and powerful tool

Go Outside: Yoga Tips for Physical, Mental and Emotional Wellness

Screens have taken over our lives, and we’ve reached a point in our existence where we need a doctor to tell us to get outside. A study done in the mid-1990s showed that we spend about 87 percent of our

The Mental Health Pandemic: 4 Ways to Promote Social Engagement in Your Zoom Yoga Classes

According to a recent Kaiser Family Foundation poll, more than half of Americans report that the pandemic is harming their mental health. (1) “Over half of U.S. adults (56 percent) report that worry or stress related to the coronavirus outbreak

The Yoga of Patience: A Steady Unfolding

Every year since 2014, I’ve had the good fortune to spend 18 days at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. My partner and I attend two back-to-back nine-day retreats each year in July. The first nine days focus on the cultivation of

How to Use Yoga Props: 4 Easy Ways to Use a Sandbag in Your Yoga Practice

B.K.S. Iyengar is credited with introducing props into modern yoga as a means of support within the asanas, or yoga poses. Some yoga students may see using a prop as cheating. But really, a prop is nothing more than a

Pain is Your Friend: A “Painfully Honest” Messenger About Your Yoga Practice

Anyone who is suffering from chronic pain is already saying, “What is this idiot talking about?” Having suffered my own fair share of severe pain, I must say I would gladly have murdered that “friend” and buried it at the

Yoga for Every Body: 7 Ways Yoga Props Power Up Your Practice

Although we’ve heard that some yoga teachers say using props is “cheating,” we couldn’t disagree more! In fact, it took some effort for me to whittle down the reasons why we think props are so beneficial—and lovable—to just seven. Yes, we

Go Natural and Non-Toxic: 5 Beauty Care Uses for Sesame and Coconut Oil

One of the benefits of switching to natural beauty products—besides cutting out chemicals and toxins—is the need for less. The more natural I go, the fewer products I have crowding my bathroom. Now, one giant bottle of organic, unrefined sesame

Thinking of Beginning Yoga? Here Are Some Tips to Get You Started

While yoga can provide relaxation and many other benefits, coming to a class at a yoga studio can be stressful and intimidating, especially if you have never been to one before.  You may be unsure about quite a few things,

Yoga Anatomy: “Easing In” to Chaturanga Dandasana

I recently published a post that focused on the hip abductors and adductors and how they can be used to stabilize the pelvis and synergize flexing the hips in forward bends. In this post, we’ll look at a technique that