Low Back Pain or Sacroiliac Joint Pain? How to Tell the Difference and Why It Matters

How do you tell the difference between low back pain and SI joint pain? Low back pain can have many origins, and knowing what’s causing the issue can be an important first step in relieving it. Indeed, sometimes low back

Yoga Modifications for Pregnancy: 4 Ways to Safely Modify Savasana

Yoga modifications for pregnancy are important to keep in mind, even for seemingly passive poses like Savasana (Relaxation Pose). This posture is an excellent and beneficial way to end any yoga practice. However, it can be even more beneficial and

Yoga Pose Photos: The Yoga World Has a PR Problem

Yoga pose photos are inescapable in the yoga community. Scroll through a hashtag or two, click on a Pinterest board, or open up a yoga magazine, and you’re sure to be bombarded with images of seemingly impossible shapes. And more

5-Step Yoga Sequencing for Shoulderstand

Leslie Kaminoff makes an excellent point when he speaks about yoga sequencing for Shoulderstand Pose (Sarvangasana): it is not the same as choreography. In choreography, the goal is artistic expression; choices are dictated by elegance and aesthetic appeal. Of course,

Can Yoga Treat IBS Symptoms? Studies Show Yoga May Offer IBS Relief

People who deal with high levels of stress are often plagued by abdominal pain, constipation and diarrhea, bloating, and changes in stool appearance. These unpleasant symptoms may be signs of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Stress and psychological disorders may instigate

A Gentle Twisting Yoga Sequence to Just Feel Good

Yoga twists feel so good. They help us to move into constricted positions to then feel the sweet release as we let go. They move our spines in ways that we don’t necessarily utilize in our everyday lives. And they

Yoga Practice at the Wall: 5 Poses to Soothe Your Body and Mind

Practicing supported yoga at the wall is a welcome change when you are living a fast-paced lifestyle. Supported Asana embraces slowing down and can be quite accessible. This relaxing sequence uses a wall, often an underutilized prop. You are welcome

5 Chaturanga Prep Poses That Look Nothing Like Chaturanga

Are you challenged by the Four-Limbed Staff Pose (Chaturanga Dandasana)? It makes a prominent appearance in many yoga classes, so honing your Chaturanga skills will serve your practice well. Here are five exercises you can practice to prepare for or

Hip Mobility Exercises: Internal and External Rotation in Yoga

What are the best hip mobility exercises in yoga? To effectively mobilize all the parts of the hips, it's important to understand the basics of internal and external rotation. In this post, we’ll take a look at how we can

Teaching Yoga: The Wisdom of Not Knowing

This morning a student asked me what should have been a simple question: What should I be feeling in this position? A minute or so later, I’d given her the best non-answer I could. Why a non-answer? First, I’m not

Take Time to Replenish: 5 Self-Care Strategies for Stressful Times

Over the past 22 years, I’ve read hundreds of books on mind-body health. I’ve spent thousands of hours and thousands of dollars studying with some of the best yoga teachers, happiness educators, and new thought spiritual leaders today. They all

Yoga Research: Is Yoga Helpful for Fertility?

What does the research say about yoga for fertility? This article explores the latest research on the topic and outlines a grounding fertility yoga sequence. How common is infertility? It’s more widespread than you may imagine. According to the Centers for

Flat Feet Exercises: How Yoga Can Help

What are the best flat feet exercises to rebuild the arches and reduce pain? To understand this, let me introduce you to my friend, Maria. A year ago, Maria sent me an email asking if I could suggest a suitable

3 Steps to Practicing Active Happiness

What is active happiness? The first meaning of active happiness is about the positive impact that being physically active has on our overall well-being. I’ve long been interested in the relationship between physical health and emotional well-being. I went to

Improve Your Agility with Yoga Practice

Agility is the ability to move easily through a series of positions while you stay balanced and in control. Everyday situations that require agility include getting in and out of a car (especially the back seat of a two-door!) and