Learn All About the Relaxation Response and How Restorative Yoga Can Initiate It

The relaxation response is a magical moment in the body’s nervous system when we make the switch from our sympathetic response to a parasympathetic one. While that doesn’t sound like much, the implications of this can be truly profound and

3 Reasons Not to Do Neck Circles

Honestly, I thought that we disposed of the neck circles a long, long time ago. In every anatomy training I ever attended—college courses, personal trainer certification, yoga trainings—I learned that it is not a good idea to roll the head,

The Estrogen-Breast Cancer Link: What You Can Do to Lower the Risk

Proving that breast cancer is linked to estrogen is not difficult. If a woman has her ovaries removed at a very young age, and does not receive estrogen replacement, her risk of breast cancer decreases profoundly. Of course, it’s not

Keys to Healthy Alignment in Downward Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana) and Upward Dog (Urdhva Mukha Svanasana)

The dog poses, Downward-Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana) and Upward-Facing Dog (Urdvha Mukha Svanasana), are among the most commonly practiced postures in yoga classes. For some people, they are freeing and exhilarating poses, but let's face it, for others, they

How to Bring Happiness and Purpose to Your Life

“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” ~ David Viscott You are a seeker. Searching for more of life. More joy. More depth. More connection. More happiness. Our generation

Enhancing Body Awareness: 5 Ways to Nurture Your Neck In Your Yoga Practice

Do you ever feel pain in your neck? You’re not alone. According to the American Osteopathic Association, more than a quarter of Americans will experience neck pain at some point in their lives (1), but yoga can help. Many neck

Finding Balance in Life in an Out-of-Balance World

One of the profound themes that emerged from my recent women’s retreat was just how subversive it can be to prioritize balance in one’s life. Try as we might, many of our learning institutions and work cultures just aren’t set

Making Friends with Downward Dog Pose

Struggle with Downward Dog and ready to take it to the next level? This free yoga video with yoga teacher Sarah Bell will show you how. Common Practice Problems in Downward Dog Pose Downward-Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana) is one

The Knee Joint: Much More than a Simple Hinge—and Why it Matters in Your Yoga Practice

According to joints classification, the knee is a “hinge joint” that folds and unfolds like a hinge. Indeed, life would be so much easier for many of us if it were a simple hinge. We would probably have a lot

Yoga for Core Strength: 5 Yoga Poses for Beginners

Yoga can be a great way to strengthen and tone the core muscles. Developing core strength is essential for maintaining a healthy body and equally necessary for maintaining a satisfying yoga practice. Below are five of our favorite yoga poses

Embracing Stillness Amidst the Holiday Frenzy: A Guide to Self-Love

Can you feel life speeding up? The days grow shorter. There are more things to do, projects to finish, people to see, dinners to cook, gifts to buy, cookies to bake, friends to call, walkways to shovel, family pets to

Peaceful Poses: A Guide to Holiday-Themed Yoga Classes

Holiday yoga offers extra cheer to your usual practice. What exactly is it and how is it different from a typical yoga class? Holiday yoga is any yoga practice that breaks up the busy winter season. But when we use

Yoga Research Continues to Grow: Here Is a Review of the Highlights

According to a comprehensive review of yoga research reviews and meta-analyses published in Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, yoga research continues to grow with nearly 300 studies being published annually. As we continue to gain evidence into how yogic principles and practices

The Anatomy of a Backbend: How to Prep Your Spine for More Easeful Backbends

Yoga backbends feel great! They’re uplifting and energizing…except when they hurt. Do you struggle with lower back or neck pain when you practice backbends in yoga classes? Learning a bit about the anatomy of the spine can help you understand

The Opposite of Sitting: A Quick Yoga Sequence to Reverse the Effects of Sitting Too Much

Sitting is the new smoking. We’ve all heard it before. Yet, few of us take heed of this foreboding notion. Excessive sitting can wreak havoc on our bodies. From overly tight hips to dangerously weak gluteal muscles to chronic back