As yogis, the deepening of the Asana practice inspires us to better understand how we move—and as we become more aware, we head down a path toward even more curiosity and self-awareness. Understanding the three anatomical planes of movement can be the keys in helping you recognize patterns and imbalances in your body; allowing you to become more conscious, inquisitive, and ultimately, more knowledgeable of physical exploration. Having these tools of knowledge in your yogic toolbox will absolutely enthuse you to begin moving in directions that will awaken your fullest physical potential!Read More
Once upon a time, we all viewed the world as a friendly, lighthearted, and inviting place. Then, somewhere in the process of becoming an adult seriousness, self-doubt, and fear may have replaced our wonder and fun-loving attitude. While we can still connect with the idea of being playful at times for many of us, playful moments have become more and more fleeting. And, the sense of seriousness we use to succeed at work or school extends to many other areas of our lives, including our yoga mat.Read More
In the Buddhist teachings impermanence, it is believed that change is inevitable, continuous, and unavoidable. Everything changes. Just realizing that fact can protect you from turning to that most disempowering of reactions to change: "Why me?" What the Buddhists call impermanence, is the ever-changing nature of Shakti—the intrinsic, dynamic power at the heart of life. Shakti is the cosmic, divine feminine energy that continually brings things into manifest being, keeps them going for a while, then dissolves them.Read More
Twists are one of my very favorite groups of postures! As someone who has dealt with a lot of digestive upset in my life, learning yoga twists has been a lifesaver for me. Twists are postures that generally involve moving the shoulder girdle to face in an opposing direction in relation to the hips. There are different twists that target the upper, middle and lower portions of the torso, all having their own unique set of health benefits:Read More
Even if you regularly practice yoga and meditation for stress management, sometimes a situation can feel so immediate or overwhelming that all of your intentions fly right out the window. But regularly training your parasympathetic (or relaxation) response can make you more resistant to some of life’s inevitable stressors.Read More
You know those moments when you tell yourself, “I just have to trust the universe.” Whether it's because things in your life feel chaotic or not flowing in the direction that you’d prefer, sometimes you just know you need to surrender and learn to trust that you are walking down a guided path that is always has a Divine purpose.Read More
Step 1: Stand proud with your feet hip distance apart. Feel your body intuitively bringing itself into alignment: the crown of your head floats over your tailbone, your hips stack over your hips, and strong ankles assemble themselves over grounded heals.Read More
'Tis the season of eating.. With Halloween and Thanksgiving past, and Christmas on its way, it is all too easy to have eyes that are bigger than our stomachs. But that doesn’t mean you need to succumb to mindless munching.Read More
The Law of Detachment is about practicing releasing our self-imposed expectations of where we think we should be in our lives: work, health, relationships, our yoga practice, etc. It’s also about the release of caring what other people think and comparing ourselves to others.Read More
Children are innate experts when it comes to mindfulness. Have you seen the focus a five-year-old brings to building a sandcastle or drawing her favorite place? How about the complete joy that a trampoline elicits for a group of seven-year-olds? It’s clear they know how to let go of distractions and be in the moment.Read More
There's nothing like a great yoga class to help you remember and appreciate the many blessings in your life. Even the smallest of energetic or physical actions in your yoga practice can awake deep gratitude for something that is so simple and usually taken for granted. What a blessing it is to feel your body moving through space. What a blessing it is to have a healthy, loving, and spiritual yoga community!Read More
Creating space is different from “letting things go.” When we believe that we must let go of a feeling, a personality trait, or any other part of ourselves that we believe is “unattractive” or “non-beneficial,” we are reinforcing the perception that we must constantly be in the cyclical process of eliminating those aspects of Self that we don’t necessarily like.Read More
Acro Yoga integrates acrobatics, yoga, and Thai massage techniques, all in one flowing, playful, and loving sequence. The focus on community, health, partnership, and trust. Hatha, Yin, and Vinyasa are styles of yoga that have tremendous benefits for the individual. But what about our innate need for physical connection with others?Read More
Mindfulness, an imperative component of the yoga practice, is a tool that emboldens mental focus, physical awareness, and conscious breathing. When the mind starts to wander, or when the breath becomes shallow and quiet, there are four yogic techniques that can be effortlessly integrated into the skillful art of running long distance!
Optimal health is an intricate balance of mind, body, and soul. Eastern medicine, specifically in India and China, has been utilizing crystals to accelerate healing since its earliest civilizations.Read More
Fall is a time of transition. It is evident everywhere around you. Many trees and shrubs are quietly undressing in preparation for the winter. There is a subtle browning of the earth. Temperatures, which, just a few weeks ago were raging with the intense heat of summer, are beginning to hint at the telltale crispness of autumn. And there is the wind: slowly gathering strength, carrying the tides of winter on its breath.Read More
Now is the opportunity to look at the autumn season as a transition into a new year. As one reflects upon nature, they'll discover that the harvest is over, and it's time to clear out! Fall is an opportunity to till the soil and plant the seeds for next year's harvest. Once one does this for themselves, they can recommit to what is in alignment with their highest Self as well as manifest more of what nourishes their life!
Now is the opportunity to look at the autumn season as a transition into a new year. As one reflects upon nature, they'll discover that the harvest is over, and it's time to clear out! Fall is an opportunity to till the soil and plant the seeds for next year's harvest. Once one does this for themselves, they can recommit to what is in alignment with their highest Self as well as manifest more of what nourishes their life!Read More
One of the most awe-inspiring aspects of yoga is the way in which it nudges you toward greater discovery—not only by making visible previously hidden aspects of your own character but also by illuminating areas of your relationships that could be explored and further strengthened. The practice of yoga emboldens one to be fully present, a skill that’s a catalyst for conscious relationships. The natural effect of the practice leads your heart to open and makes you more available to authentic connection.Read More
The flow of life is nothing other than the harmonious interaction of all the elements and forces that structure the field of existence. This harmonious interaction of energy in your life operates as the Law of Giving. Because your body and your mind and the universe are in constant and dynamic exchange, stopping the circulation of energy is like stopping the flow of blood.Read More
Do you feel that? Can you hear that? The Universe is asking each of us to emanate more love, right now. Answer this call by infusing your yoga practice with Metta and connect that innate place of loving-kindness that exists within your soul.