Book Review: The Teacher’s Guide to Accessible Yoga by Jivana Heyman

Human beings are not cookie cutters. If we were, teaching yoga would be so much simpler. But of course, we aren’t all the same. We all come into the world with different genetic predispositions. We’re all subject to vast and

Yoga Anatomy: The Vagus Nerve, Amygdala and the Stress Response

The vagus nerve and amygdala are key elements in my work associated with chronic stress, anxiety, panic attacks, depression, and trauma. These aspects of our nervous system connect how we think, feel, and relate to experiences within and around us.

Yoga for Osteoporosis - An Interview with Loren Fishman, M.D. and Ellen Saltonstall

How can yoga help counteract the effects of bone loss and osteoporosis? In this interview, Dr. Loren Fishman and Ellen Saltonstall, co-authors of Yoga for Osteoporosis, discuss the results of Dr. Fishman's study on yoga for osteoporosis and some of

Restore Any Time: 5 Awesome Child’s Pose Variations

Ahh, the joy and relief of Child’s Pose variations after a sweaty yoga practice!  Though often seen as simply a resting pose, the benefits of Child’s Pose are so much more than just taking a break between vinyasa flows. The

Exercise and Longevity: Diversify Your Yoga Practice for Maximum Benefits

In asana (posture) practice, we aim for that “sweet spot”—notable physical sensation, but that which causes no harm. This lets us know that we’re opening up muscles and fascia in the body but not straining joints or tearing muscles. Many

Feeling Better From Brain to Belly: 6 Ways to Befriend Your Vagus Nerve in Yoga

The past few weeks have been all about rest and healing for me. I recently underwent a bilateral mastectomy. My daily yoga practices have changed—understandably—but not ended. For obvious reasons, my physical movement is restricted, my energy is low, my

Advanced Forward Head Posture (Hyperkyphosis) Carries Similar Risks as Osteoporosis, Research Finds

We all know that poor posture isn't flattering. But did you know that posture actually affects our health and well-being in numerous ways that most people are not aware of? One particular posture problem significantly impacts our long-term health and

Do You Have Joint Hypermobility? Here's How to Find Out

Generalized joint laxity (loose joints throughout the body) is fairly common in between 20 and 30 percent of the population. This joint hypermobility can occur without a systemic disease that affects connective tissues, like Ehlers-Danlos syndrome or Marfan syndrome. While

Yoga for Osteoporosis and Fracture Prevention - Shifting the Focus to Falls

Osteoporosis affects an estimated 200 million women worldwide. Each year, roughly 4 in 10 women aged 50 or older in the United States will experience a hip, spine, or wrist fracture sometime during the remainder of their lives, according to

Tools for Trauma-Informed Yoga: A Review of Applied Polyvagal Theory in Yoga by Dr. Arielle Schwartz

In today’s world, everyone who shows up to the yoga mat has their own lived experience of trauma, underscoring the urgent need for healing practices. Dr. Arielle Schwartz’s new book, Applied Polyvagal Theory in Yoga: Therapeutic Practices for Emotional Health,

The Meaning of OM: 4 States of Human Consciousness According to Yoga Philosophy

What is the meaning of OM, and why should it matter to yoga students and teachers? There are three primary states of consciousness that we reliably cycle through every 24 hours: waking state, dreamless sleep, and dream state. Each of

Light Moments: Our Favorite Quotes on Your Favorite Topics: Yoga & Love

“Every day, think as you wake up, say, today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand

Transitioning: The Essential Skill for Healthy Aging

I’ve been thinking about whether there is one essential skill that is of utmost importance to maintaining healthy aging. This has been prompted to some extent as I observe the challenges my own mother has following two hip fractures in

Nurturing Our Fundamental Equality: Yoga and Human Rights

“Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice, and peace in the world, Whereas disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted

Yoga Anatomy: The Adductor Muscles in Downward Facing Dog Pose

In our blog post, "Strong Thigh Muscles Benefit People with Knee Osteoarthritis,” we gave a tip for activating the tensor fascia lata in Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose). This synergizes the quadriceps for extending the knees, aids in flexing