6 Powerful Variations of Yoga’s Locust Pose

Because our eyes are on the front of our heads, most things we do tend to take place in front of us. Over the years, the muscles in our front body can start to shorten as the muscles in the

Learn to Forgive, For Health and Happiness

“If one by one we counted people out for the least sin, it wouldn’t take us long to get so we had no one left to live with. For to be social is to be forgiving.” ~Robert Frost There are

A Yin Yoga Sequence to Connect You to the Present Moment

Few practices are quite as grounding as Yin Yoga. There is something truly magical about this style of yoga. The practice almost instantly draws you into the present moment by drawing you deeply into your body and your breath. A

Yoga Props and "Advanced Yoga"

Most of my students have been attending my classes for many years—some for decades. When a new student joins a class, they often remark that their fellow students, the long-timers, are so mellow and uncompetitive. Everyone’s just doing her own

Deepening Your Home Yoga Practice: An Interview with Judith Hanson Lasater

In this interview with YogaUOnline, renowned yoga teacher Judith Hanson Lasater speaks about a subject very dear to her heart: creating and deepening a home yoga practice. Judith has taught yoga since 1971 and has published 10 books, including her most recent

Keep Learning to Boost Your Brain

They say youth is wasted on the young, which may be particularly true when appreciating learning. It is the rare child who loves attending school and truly values how different subjects can expand the mind. As we get older, we

Journey to Wisdom: The Ajna Chakra

“Wisdom begins in wonder” are the wise words of Socrates. We would do well to take them to heart as we continue our journey through the chakras. This is part 7 in the series. The last post focused on Vishuddha (Throat)

4 Non-Traditional Ways Yoga Can Target Your Psoas

The psoas major has been called “the muscle of the soul.” This recently popularized deep muscle of the core and hips is an important stabilizer of the lumbar spine and deep core as well as a strong hip flexor. There

Yoga for Strength: Fierce Pose

I spent 10 years of my childhood in a small retirement village in Wisconsin. My next-door neighbors Walter and Evelyn were my favorites to visit. They were in their late-70s and early 80s while we lived there. I would go

Find the Goodness Within

There’s a choice at the moment, do we go with Hobbes’ assertion that the natural state of mankind is “nasty, brutish and short” or do we see the intrinsic goodness of each person? The former will be driven by our

2 Steps To Creating Resilience

When life is shaking us up and we’re feeling stressed, it can be tough to feel resilient. Resilience helps us to deal with the chaos and overwhelm, but how do we create it when we feel like we’re underwater? The

International Day of Yoga 2021: Yoga as a Tool for Collective Resilience

In 2021, the International Day of Yoga will celebrate the benefits yoga has brought to individuals and society through the pandemic and beyond. What has changed about how we practice yoga during the pandemic, and how will these changes affect

Yoga for Teeth Grinding and TMJ Pain

Grinding your teeth at night is like inviting a large football player to stand on your teeth, according to the director of the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine Craniofacial Pain Center in an article in The New York Times (1).

Yoga and the Pathological Need for Speed

I think it was sometime in the mid-2000s when I started to have this sinking feeling that life was increasingly speeding up out of my control. I could blame it on being busy with work or having a baby. I

6 Yoga Poses to Expand Your Heart

Have you ever been in a yoga class when someone (maybe you) experienced a spontaneous emotional event? Sometimes, especially in intensive workshop situations, a new physical opening may trigger an emotional opening. Certain yoga poses can create a sense of