Yoga is Not Just Stretching

By
Nina Zolotow, RYT 500
Triangle Pose or Trikonasana is a strengthening and lengthening pose

We’ve all heard the cliché that yoga is “just stretching.” But anyone who has taken a few yoga classes knows better. All you have to do is try holding Downward-Facing Dog Pose (Adho Mukha Svanasana) for a couple of minutes. Or Side Plank Pose (Vasithasana). Or even Warrior 1 Pose (Virabhadrasana 1). Yoga is not just stretching.

Side view of beautiful young female with closed eyes touching Ajna chakra on her forehead

Journey to Wisdom: The Ajna Chakra

“Wisdom begins in wonder” are the wise words of Socrates. We would do well to take them to heart as we continue our journey through the chakras. This is part 7 in the series. The last post focused on Vishuddha... Read more
Legs up the Wall pose in yoga. Excellent for serenity and the fifth chakra

Show Up and Be Heard: Vishuddha Chakra

This is part 6 in my series on the chakras. The last post focused on Anahata (Heart) chakra , and how we sense, feel, and express love and compassion. This post will explore Vishuddha (Throat) chakra... Read more
Close up of yoga woman hands in namaste gesture with rose flower outdoor summer day light leak

Power Up: Manipura Chakra

“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any.” —Alice Walker This is part 4 in my series on the chakras. The last post focused on Swadhisthana (Sacral) Chakra, and how we... Read more
woman near a waterfall, practicing breathing and yogic affirmation of going with the flow of Life

Go With the Flow: Swadhisthana Chakra

This is part 3 in my series on the chakras. The last post focused on the muladhara (root) chakra and the qualities of grounding, stability, safety, and security. This post will focus on swadhisthana, the... Read more
Yoga wellness tips to rethink five myths about yoga that we should stop perpetuating

5 Myths About Yoga We Should Stop Perpetuating

We’ve likely all heard myths in the yoga world before. There are the great myths about the god Shiva as the Adiyogi (“first yogi”) or the wonderful stories about Hanuman (the monkey god) who leaped across the... Read more
woman practicing prayer or meditation, exploring the Chakras, energy anatomy

Stand Your Ground: Yoga’s Muladhara Chakra

In part 1 of my series on the chakras, The Chakras: Guides on the Path , I offered an overview of how to view the chakras as guides on the path through life. This post will cover muladhara, the root chakra,... Read more
woman in prayer or meditation, energy anatomy, chakras, mudras

The Chakras: Guides on the Yogic Path

Most of us have encountered the concept of chakras at some point on our yoga journey. Some of us have a solid knowledge of the origins and traditional meanings. But many of us may be wondering if the chakras... Read more
How to practice six simple acts to make the world a better place

Six Simple Acts to Make the World a Better Place

“The great use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it .” ~William James I’ll never forget the call. It was 1989 and, like most college students, I spent winter break in Florida looking for... Read more
Yoga class practicing sustainability or the yogic principle of aparigraha or non-greed

Yoga’s Aparigraha: A Sustainable Intention for 2021

Some say that 2020 was the year of removing the veils of illusion, but I think it was more like ripping off Band-Aids. Today, all over the internet, folks are saying “good riddance” to 2020—like somehow we can... Read more
How to understand the mind-body problem in yoga in Tree Pose (Vrksasana)

The Mind-Body Problem: How Yoga Views the Body -Then and Now

Just recently I was telling someone that I consider the mind and the body to be one and the same. After all, what we call our body is what makes it possible for our minds to interact with the world. Our five... Read more