Hip on Yoga: 3 Golden Rules for Happy Hips

The scientific landscape of what we know about the hip joint has vastly changed in the last 10-15 years, especially in the last five, which means there is quite a bit we can do to achieve happy hips. Medical innovation

Yoga for Stress Relief: 2 Practices for Deep Relaxation

What is relaxation? It is NOT collapsing on the couch at the end of the day with your smartphone or iPad. We all do this from time to time and sometimes more times than we should. Oops, did I just

Plank Pose: 7 Reasons to Practice and 4 Awesome Versions to Keep You Safe!

Plank Pose (Phalakasana, as it is sometimes called in modern times) often shows up in our practice as a brief way station between other poses, such as between Downward-Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana) and Four-Limbed Staff Pose (Chaturanga Dandasana). However,

Relax Your Neck and Upper Back: A Standing Sequence for Upper-Body Tension

You can do your yoga practice anywhere, but not all floor surfaces are yoga-friendly. Sometimes it is neither possible nor desirable to lie down on the ground to do your yoga poses, but it doesn’t mean you should forgo the

Top 10 Productivity Hacks to Accomplish More in Less Time

We all need a productivity boost now and then, sometimes throughout the day. We each want to be productive for very personal reasons—to accomplish more, to make more money, to get done earlier, to make more time for our personal

When the Body Says No: Exploring the Stress-Disease Connection

“If you can’t say no, your body will do it for you.” You may have experienced coming down with a cold after a period of high stress. You’ve worked long days, not slept enough, and put your needs last. As

Yoga to Fight the Blues - Free Online Yoga Sequence to Lift Your Mood

We all could use a little pick-me-up at times. On those rainy days where you just don't feel like doing anything, try this soothing yoga sequence for opening our heart and lifting your mood. 1. Supported Backbend We love this pose

Warrior 2: How To Sequence For Healthy Hip Alignment In A Beginner's Class

Warrior 2 (Virabhadrasana 2) is practiced regularly in most yoga classes - often transitioned into dynamically from a lunge, or Warrior 1. Like most yoga poses, Warrior 2 has a host of subtle alignment and muscular actions that aren't regularly

Yoga Hip Openers for Beginners: Safe Alternatives to Pigeon Pose

Pigeon Pose (Eka Pada Rajakapotasana) is a fan-favorite in Vinyasa-style yoga classes. But as much as some students love this shape, there always seems to be an equal number of students who dislike it or simply can’t get comfortable with

Osteoporosis, Vertebral Fractures and Dowager’s Hump—The Role of Hyperkyphosis

For anyone diagnosed with osteoporosis, there are two main concerns—increased risk of hip fractures and vertebral fractures. Vertebral compression fractures caused by the thin bone mass of osteoporosis have long been thought to cause hyperkyphosis, or the dowager’s hump that inflicts many

Bow Pose: Not Too Tight, Not Too Loose

Over the centuries, the bow and arrow have symbolized everything from birds in flight to a phallus to the path of a sadhu, the most direct and efficacious route to enlightenment. A bow’s combination of tautness and flexibility is a

Interoception: A Key to Wellbeing

Mindful body awareness awakens you to your inner world. This sensory interior is scientifically referred to as interoception. This key to well-being invites you to pay attention to your felt sense. As you get to know the territory of your

Why Can’t I Balance in Tree Pose? How to Improve Your Balance in Yoga

The lights are low. The music is soft. Ah, this yoga class is just the calming, grounding break you need from your hectic week—until you fall out of Tree Pose (Vrksasana). No, your mental quiet will not be disturbed by

4 Natural Remedies to Ease Sinus Congestion

’Tis the season of congestion and sinuses! But sinus congestion relief doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. Fret not. I have some holistic remedies to supplement any Western treatment/medication you might be trying. I often opt for a holistic

Benefits of Yoga: 45 Reasons I Love Yoga & Why You Will Too

What are the benefits of yoga? There are too many to count! As a mentor teacher, my intention is to create a fun, safe, and sacred space where people can learn how to let go of fear, teach from love,