4 Surprisingly Challenging Chair Yoga Poses to Strengthen Your Core

Chair Yoga isn’t typically considered to be the most challenging form of practice. Most associate this practice with simple, gentle movements. And while Chair Yoga poses can certainly be simple and gentle, they can also be surprisingly challenging too. If

You Probably Need Rest, But What Kind?

“What kind of tired are you?” asks Saundra Dalton-Smith in her book Sacred Rest: Recover Your Life, Renew Your Energy, Restore Your Sanity (1). This seems like a confusing question; how many ways are there to be tired? It turns out there

Scoliosis: The How and Why of Involuntary Muscle Contraction

As I mentioned in my previous post, our bones don’t move unless our muscles make them move. And our muscles are controlled by our nervous system. So if any of the bones in our body are moving out of alignment,

Osteoporosis: 5 Ways to Keep Bones Strong

You don’t need me to convince you that exercise benefits you. Or how maintaining a base fitness level reduces your risk of injury, heart disease, and falls. I won’t tell you how regular exercise improves energy levels and sleep quality

Overdoing It: Practicing Yoga Too Much

Tapas: it’s the third Niyama (the second limb of yoga). It can guide us to be more consistent with our practice and other things that serve us. Yoga has the most benefit if done consistently, but could we be practicing yoga too

7 Tips to Help You Wake Up Early

If you genuinely want to start waking up early but have been struggling to do so, then you’re at the right place. In this article, I will share simple, easy-to-follow, evidence-based tips that will help you modify your internal clock

Yoga for Bone Health

Muscle wasting is a common feature of osteoporosis, which contributes to the weakening of bones. Bones get stronger in response to muscular pull in all directions. When muscles are stronger and more toned, they pull harder on bones, causing them

What Causes Idiopathic Scoliosis?

Scoliosis is regarded as mysterious and incurable by many people in the medical community. While some scoliosis cases are caused by congenital structural abnormalities or neurological or muscular diseases, the vast majority—around 85 percent—are of unknown cause. The fact is,

Discover the Power of Spinal Rotation in Half Moon Pose

Ardha Chandrasana (Half Moon Pose) is an especially challenging standing balance. This posture incorporates a balance on one leg with the arms reaching out, external rotation in the thighs, length, and strength through the core, and so much more. All

A Relaxing Yin Yoga Sequence Practiced at the Wall

Yoga at the Wall is a special type of practice that utilizes a wall for support and comfort. And there are few practices better than a high-quality wall yin yoga sequence. Yin yoga is the perfect practice to take to

Engage Your Shoulders and Abs in Plank Pose

The pectoral muscles are not supposed to be major players in Plank Pose (Phalakasana) and Forearm Plank Pose (Ardha Phalakasana).  These are both favorite poses of mine. They are both excellent tools for building the core, though I don’t always

5 Steps to a Healthy Gut Microbiome

It’s easy to take for granted the inner workings of your gut. What you eat, how often you eat and your ability to digest and eliminate food are critical for your health and well-being. Your food preferences may not be

Practice Contentment: A Novel New Year’s Resolution

It’s a new year. The clean, precise energy of January has replaced December’s animal urge to fight the darkness by drinking sparkling things and eating After Eight mints. Now we’re in the season of setting goals. For years, my yoga

Better Brain Health Through Movement

When I think back to grade school, certain kids stand out in my mind. Mikey is one of those kids. He had ADHD, though I did not know what that was at the time. Our third-grade teacher seemed to get

Jump Back and Forward: Smooth Yoga Transitions

Do you practice jump backs and jump forwards in your Vinyasa yoga practice? These challenging transitions can certainly be exhilarating. Yet, if practiced repeatedly in a not anatomically informed way, they can also lead to overuse issues. On the flip