Yoga and Alzheimer's

I teach Chair Yoga to seniors. Students of different shapes, sizes, and mobility levels come to class with their canes, walkers, and wheelchairs. Some are blind and others are hard of hearing, but many have a less visible disability—Alzheimer’s disease. I smile, learn their names, and listen to their stories. Presence is my first and most important tool as a yoga teacher.

Anjali Mudra

Anjali Mudra - Simple Greeting or Divine Salute?

Few positions are more ubiquitous in yoga practice than Anjali Mudra (Prayer Position). We often practice Anjali Mudra to begin and end a class. We begin and end Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation) in Anjali Mudra... Read more

Radical Expansion: 3 Yoga Poses for an Open Heart Space

When we use the term “open-hearted” to describe someone, what comes to mind is a person whose kindness extends to all. We can develop an open heart by practicing qualities such as those listed in the verse 1... Read more

The Season of Giving - How to Keep the Spirit of Generosity All Year Long

One of my clearest, most nostalgic memories from growing up is that of the excitement of Christmas morning. Our parents would round up my two sisters and me so that we could all converge on the living room... Read more

Editor's Picks

Yoga and the Art of Befriending Your Body: It’s an Inside Job

“An authentic yoga practice is anything that nourishes an individual so that they can truly befriend themselves.” ~ Donna Farhi Making friends with our body is not easy. Most of us quietly worry about our body... Read more

Right Speech: Five Guidelines for Mastering the Subtle Art of Mindful Communication

If you are brave enough to venture into online comment sections, you may feel as if you need a shower afterward. I know I do. Online communications are a minefield. The proliferation of anonymous commenting on... Read more

The Yoga of Now: The Art of Being Present with Your Practice

Yoga’s popularity has exploded in the past 15 years. And what constitutes popular yoga is completely different from what it used to be. In the ’80s and ’90s, Hatha Yoga was the most common form, with Iyengar-... Read more

A New Look at Alignment in Yoga: Finding Continuity to Balance Effort & Ease

My 30-plus-year yoga practice is rooted in the Iyengar system. For decades, I studied with Iyengar teachers, almost exclusively. The non-Iyengar teachers I’ve gravitated to have mostly been people whose... Read more

Teaching Yoga - 30 Years of Gratitude

Friends who knew me in grade school and high school would probably never have pegged me as a person who’d end up teaching yoga. I was painfully shy. If students had been graded on participation back in my high... Read more

Nourish Yourself - 5 Tips for Replenishing Your Energy

In the span of two weeks the pile of unopened mail in my kitchen has grown taller and more unruly. Every so often I try to neaten its edges but I have done nothing to reduce its size. It’s not that I don’t... Read more

The Power of Simple: Why I Teach Old-School Yoga

My History of Teaching Yoga I began practicing yoga in 1982 at a modest studio behind the Sahara Hotel in Las Vegas. The teacher was June Bains, a trim, 60-something woman whose studio space had pink, plush... Read more