Restoring Balance: Yogic Tools to Calm an Overactive Nervous System

Every second of the day, your body is functioning seemingly effortlessly, regulating the literally millions of physiological functions that keep your body running. The part of the nervous system in charge of orchestrating all these functions behind the scenes, so to speak, is the autonomic nervous system.  The autonomic nervous system regulates all the functions … Continued

Yoga for the Pelvic Floor: Keys to Lifelong Health

Most people know the importance of core strengthening for health and long-term well-being, but the pelvic floor is an important group of core muscles, which tend to get ignored. “The torso is like a tote bag for your organs,” says Leslie Howard, a Bay area yoga teacher who conducts workshops nationally on pelvic floor strengthening to help … Continued

Your Well-being Power Switch–The Role of the Vagus Nerve in Health and Healing

The effect of yoga on the nervous system is one way we can understand the truly integrative approach of yoga to health and well-being.  The nervous system is our communication network through which we respond to internal and external stimuli and through which we work to maintain a homeostatic environment within our body. The effects … Continued

Yoga for Back Pain- The Essential Guide to Lower Back Pain Relief

Thirty-one million Americans suffer from low back pain, and increasingly, people with mild to moderate back pain seek out yoga classes to find relief for the condition. In this environment, it’s critical for yoga teachers to understand how to assess and address these conditions with intelligence, and above all, how to keep students safe. In … Continued

Yoga For Back Pain: Keys to Preventing and Healing Sacroiliac Instability

While millions of Americans suffer from pain in the low back and pelvis, many back and hip issues are actually the result of sacroiliac instability (SI), i.e. an imbalance in the sacroiliac joint, which often goes undiagnosed or is improperly treated. Alarmingly, yoga practitioners appear to experience S.I. problems at a significantly higher rate than … Continued

The Healing Power of Breath – Essential Techniques for Healthy Living

The ancient yoga masters instructed us to conserve our prana so our mind would be clear and our energy vibrant. Linking breath to prana they discovered the secret to health through a process of reduction and subtlety. Yet, our modern day yoga classes have us noisily respiring at huge volumes that expend prana and may … Continued

Yoga for Lower Back Pain: Keys to Sacroiliac Stability and Ease of Movement

Can yoga practice predispose you to sacroiliac (SI) joint pain? In her travel and teaching around the world, renowned yoga teacher Donna Farhi has found that SI joint issues are one of the most common complaints that she sees in yoga practitioners. Can yoga practice predispose you to sacroiliac (SI) joint pain? In her travel … Continued

Anatomy Trains in Yoga – Mapping the Interconnectedness of the Body

Join Tom Myers, author of Anatomy Trains, for an online course that will give you new insights into the interconnectedness of the body as it relates to your yoga practice. While traditional anatomy is static, Anatomy Trains shows you the body as an interconnected whole. We do not move via individual muscles as traditional anatomy has it, … Continued

Yoga for Sciatica and Piriformis Syndrome

Sciatica is one of our oldest known pain problems — the known history of treatments for sciatica goes back as far as the 5th century BC, with a wide (and often unsuccessful) variety of treatments tried. It continues to be a common problem today: studies indicate that up to 43% of people experience sciatic pain … Continued

The Vagus Nerve and Yoga: Simple Techniques for Profound Shifts

The vagus nerve and contemporary Polyvagal Theory are exciting new topics in modern discourse, which have a wide range of applications for yoga practitioners. Contemporary thought about the vagus nerve and Polyvagal Theory sheds light on numerous traditional yoga concepts and practices. In particular, yoga’s deep inquiry into our mental and emotional life makes all … Continued