Beginning yoga student practicing Yogic Squatting Pose (Sanskrit name: Malasana)

I am always amazed when I visit India and see people who can work for hours while effortlessly squatting on the ground. Many of us who were raised sitting on chairs rather than on the floor have lost the ability to squat with ease along with the benefits that squatting can have on our posture: stretching the back, elasticizing the knees and ankles, and regulating the digestive system. In this squatting forward bend, your back is released from head to tail as the ankles, knees, hips, and entire spine are flexed. The back is long, rounded, and soft and the arms encircle the body.

Woman practicing yoga outside.

Feel Better Every Day: 3 “Magic” Poses

Somebody in my yoga therapy training came up with the term yoga snack. No, it doesn’t refer to a power bar or a small bowl of kitchari. “Yoga snack” is a short, focused yoga practice that you can reach for any... Read more
woman practicing gomukhasana

Gomukhasana Arms: A 5-Minute Yoga Hack for Your Shoulders

When I'm not practicing or teaching, I'm often sitting at my laptop, writing, answering emails, doing everything that studio administration, blog posts, and finishing the instruction manual for building a bear... Read more
Woman practicing yoga meditation with eyes closed.

Satya: Truthfulness on the Mat

When most people think of yoga, they think of physical poses. While they may understand that there’s more to it than just poses, do most people really know what that means? Asana, the physical practice is the... Read more
Woman practicing yoga salabhasana locust pose.

Marla Apt: Refine Your Salabhasana - Building Strength and Vigor in Locust Pose

Salabhasana (Locust Pose) is said to resemble a locust at rest. However, this invigorating pose will seem anything but restful. Since locusts, the migratory stage of grasshoppers, are known for their movements... Read more
Closeup of woman practicing Tadasana mountain pose.

Tadasana (Mountain Pose): Yoga’s Foundational Pose

Mountain Pose, also called Tadasana, Samasthiti, or Equal Standing Pose, is one of the most basic yoga poses postures. It’s one of the postures in Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutations), vinyasas, and a starting... Read more
Woman stretching her arms overhead while lying on yoga mat.

Yoga for Tight Shoulders—With an Imaginary Sticky Mat

One of the conundrums we face as beginning yoga students is that we can’t know what a pose is supposed to feel like until we’re doing it. But if you start with the standard-issue collapsed chest and tight... Read more
Woman Practicing Warrior 1 in a temple

Arjuna is Us: The Yoga of Social Activism

“Of the numerous Sanskrit works on Yoga, two scriptures have become favorites of dedicated students of Yoga—the Yoga-Sutra, attributed to Patanjali and the Bhagavad-Gita ascribed to Vyasa. These can be... Read more
yoga woman practicing meditation in lotus pose

What Is the Real Yoga? Hint: There’s More to it Than Just What’s in the Yoga Sutras

A number of years ago, while I was taking a “yoga for seniors” workshop, the conversation turned philosophical. A student asked, “If yoga means ‘union’ then why does the Yoga Sutras define yoga as ‘stopping... Read more
yoga woman practicing reclined cow face pose, gomukhasana

Yoga for Tight Hips: A Restful Cow Face Pose

Wouldn’t it be great if all of life’s problems could be solved by lying down and taking it easy? The good news is that some of them can. Take tight outer hips, for example. This might be one of your problems... Read more
yoga woman practicing legs up the wall pose with bolster modification

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

Practicing supported yoga poses 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... Read more