What Is Somatic Yoga?

Somatics is a field of movement that emphasizes internal physical perception and experience. It’s based on the soma (or the body as perceived from within), so it’s a practice that deeply focuses on sensation and feeling to increase awareness, proprioception,

5 Yoga Poses to Soothe Sciatic Pain

If you ever experienced sciatica, you are all too familiar with the searing pain that shoots down your leg, often accompanied by a burning sensation, numbness, or tingling. The pain can range from mildly annoying to severely debilitating. While not

Yoga and the Mind-Body Connection: How Your Mood Influences Pain Perception

You've probably experienced pain at some point in your life, yes? Maybe you felt a twinge in your lower back after doing deep backbends in a yoga class. Or maybe a computer-induced wrist condition kept you away from Sun Salutations

Dealing with the Difficult Emotions of Loss and Grief – A Somatic Embodiment Approach

Some experiences in life are just awful and we are left with feelings of sadness, dismay, anger or complete overwhelm. No one wants to feel these difficult emotions, and yet they are part of life. So, how do we experience

Yoga Exercises for a Hunched Back (Hyperkyphosis)

How does dowager's hump originate, and are there exercises to fix it? As we get older, age-related declines in posture begin to set in. For many people, what started out as a mild case of bad posture when they were

3 Yoga Practices to Support Pelvic Floor Health

The pelvic floor muscles support the bladder and bowels. In females, they also support the uterus, and in males, they also support the prostate. They’re a collective group of muscles that create a sling of structure and scaffolding at the

The Power of Yoga for Good Posture

After leading a recent workshop on Yoga for Great Posture and the Upper Back, I couldn’t help but reflect on the true power and benefits of maintaining good posture as we age. It seems such a simple thing we tend

Trauma and the Psoas: How Does the Nervous System Respond to Danger?

What's a real-life example of how the psoas responds to trauma? A friend living in the southern U.S. opened her front door and literally froze. There was a dangerous snake on her porch. Doing its best to protect her, her

Yoga for Menopause: What the Research Says

What role can yoga play in navigating symptoms of menopause? Yoga is increasingly becoming understood as a tool to ease symptoms associated with this life transition. But what does the research say? This article explores current research on how yoga

Forward Head Posture: 8 Yoga Stretches to Help Alleviate Text Neck Pain

Most of us spend a whole lot of time on our devices. Unless we’ve made a commitment to maintaining healthy posture—including not tilting our heads forward—we can end up with the 21st-century malady, “text neck.” We don’t have to put

Chill Out: Simplify Restorative Yoga with a Chair

In a society that’s always on the go, restorative yoga is gaining popularity due to its serene and passive nature. Restorative yoga stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, which enables us to rest, digest and heal. I’ve found that practicing restorative

5 Strategies to Counter Hurry Sickness

In the world of “self-improvement” or “self-help,” it’s (ironically) common to feel like you’re failing. There is just so much to keep up with! Keeping up with your appearance, your “self-care,” fitness, nutrition, sleep, keeping your emotions in check, and

Revolved Wide-Legged Forward Bend Pose

Yes, it’s a mouthful. Revolved Wide-Legged Forward Bend Pose (Parvrtta Prasarita Padottanasana) has a complicated name. And maybe that’s fitting. While it may look simple and straightforward, there’s more to it than meets the eye. The unrevolved version, the slightly

Prenatal Yoga: Dos and Don’ts

Pregnancy is a special but stressful and challenging time. You will experience countless changes in your body that can influence how you feel physically and mentally. Prenatal yoga can be very beneficial during pregnancy, no matter whether you are an