The Top 5 Benefits of Yoga's Frog Pose (Mandukasana)

Sanskrit Name: Mandukasana  English Name: Frog Pose Level: Intermediate Type: Hip Opener, Forward Bend Anatomy: Back, Hips. Knees Position: Prone Frog Pose, or  Mandukasana in Sanskrit, is a powerful hip-opening yoga posture that offers a wide range of benefits for

Activate Your Core: Practice Yoga's Boat Pose at the Wall

Practicing Boat Pose (Navasana) with the support of a wall helps you strengthen your abdominal muscles and deep hip flexors. The wall absorbs some of the burdens as you activate your muscles and explore your balance. The wall also allows

Neuroplasticity: How to Rewire Your Resilience

According to Hebb’s law, what fires together, wires together. Whatever you repeatedly think, feel, and sense builds new or strengthens existing patterns of neural connections in the brain. The science of neuroplasticity teaches us that our brains are constantly learning

Somatic Movement: A Gateway to Yoga's Body-Mind Wisdom

A somatic movement is made with a focus on the internal movement instead of on the external movement. Internal movement is very different from most physical or exercise training. Because his internal way of moving builds your interoception (self-sensing) it

Arm-Free Yoga: Give Your Shoulders a Well-Deserved Break

Our arms are our instruments of doing. We use them to accomplish almost everything we do in our daily lives. We use them to chop veggies, to type on our keyboards, to eat, to drink, to lug objects from one

Try Yoga's Mindfulness for Maintaining Healthy Relationships During Menopause

The average age for women to divorce perfectly aligns with the average age of perimenopause starting in the early 40s. It’s no coincidence, and the research backs that up. In fact, this recent study found 7 out of 10 UK

Why We Need to Redefine Yoga Alignment in Asana

Yoga alignment cues very often seem to perpetuate throughout the yoga world, passed down from one teacher to another. Some are very useful and informative. Others may need to be reconsidered.  So often, yoga teachers offer “universal alignment cues.” They

Give Your Feet A Little Love: 4 Postural Resets for Foot Pain

If the last two years have taught us anything, it has been that the once unimaginable Zoom conferences and virtual strategy meetings are now just another day “in the office.” With each day feeling a little like Groundhog Day, working

How Yoga Can Help Cultivate Lower Back Health

Lower back health is a product of ALL the components of you. You might be thinking: okay, that means my lower back pain history, lower back mobility, flexibility, strength, my hip or hamstring mobility and flexibility, my core strength, and

Yoga and Intergenerational Trauma

Intergenerational trauma is part of the experience of being human, but embodiment practices like yoga allow us to heal and move toward resilience. Read on to explore how yoga for intergenerational trauma can help. What Is Intergenerational Trauma? According to

Mindful Twisting: Seated Spinal Twist Pose at the Wall

It takes time for lifelong patterns to be reversed. Our bodies acquire certain feelings and forms based on the repetitive movements we make—conscious or unconscious. How we sit, stand, sleep, eat, and walk all affect our posture and physical holding

Embodying Yoga's Core Qualities: Joy as a Spiritual Practice

Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.  – Thich Nhat Hanh The word “joy” has more than one definition and is open to a wide variety of

4 Quick Yoga Stretch Breaks to Boost the Work Day

This simple yoga practice consists of four 5-minute yoga stretch breaks that you can do whenever you have to sit too much. It is designed to release tension in tight areas from prolonged sitting: lower back, upper back, and hips.

Enliven Revolved Half Moon Pose With a Chair

Sanskrit Name: Parivrtta Ardha Chandrasana Level: Intermediate Type: Balancing, Twist, Strengthening, Core Anatomy: Arms, Shoulders, Core, Glutes, Hamstrings, Hips, Psoas, Quadriceps Position: Standing Parivrtta Ardha Chandrasana (Revolved Half Moon Pose) is not an easy posture. It requires balance, mobility, stability,

Keep Your Hips Happy With This Anatomically Sound Warrior 2 Alignment

In the “olden days” of yoga (I’m talking 10ish years ago when I did my 200-hour yoga teacher training), there was this notion that you should “square” your hips off with the long edge of your yoga mat in wide-legged