Students: How To Make Any Yoga Class More Accessible

It’s summer! If you’re traveling this year, you may be leaving your favorite classes and teachers behind. If you’re intimidated by the thought of of finding a yoga class while you’re on the road, I’ve got some guidelines for you. Sometimes it can be a challenge to find a class or a teacher that feelsContinue reading “Students: How To Make Any Yoga Class More Accessible”

A Plea for Clarity in Class Descriptions

Imagine you are a prospective yoga student. Looking at class schedules online, you see a lot of “vinyasa” yoga, and you wonder what it is.  The descriptions say that the poses that “flow” together with breath and that all levels are welcome. This isn’t much information to go on, so you decide to go takeContinue reading “A Plea for Clarity in Class Descriptions”

Settling the Mind in Savasana: A Body Scan Technique

Recently I took a look at some different Savasana variations to help your body feel comfortable and relaxed for rest. When our bodies are supported and at ease, we give our minds a better opportunity to be calm and peaceful. Sometimes, even with the body in its most optimal position, our mind is still racingContinue reading “Settling the Mind in Savasana: A Body Scan Technique”

After Gym Class: Learning to Love Movement via Yoga

A few weeks ago, I read an article in the New York Times entitled “How You Felt About Gym Class May Impact Your Exercise Habits Today.”  This is something that feels so obvious to me I was kind of surprised that it merited an article, but then again, I think way more about my traumatic lifeContinue reading “After Gym Class: Learning to Love Movement via Yoga”

Finding Ease in Savasana: Prop It Up!

At the end of every yoga class, we lie down in Savasana- yoga’s “corpse pose.” In this final pose, we practice letting go and letting be.  Trusting that we’ve done enough, we release any sense of effort and give ourselves over to rest. Neurologically, this is a chance for our nervous system to absorb andContinue reading “Finding Ease in Savasana: Prop It Up!”

The Yoga of Self-Expression

“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will notContinue reading “The Yoga of Self-Expression”

Moment of Weakness: Hitting the Workshop Wall

A few years ago, when I first became enamored with yoga, I decided to attend my first weekend workshop. In order to get to the studio on time for the first night’s session, I left work early. I’d changed out of my business-casual-Friday-attire and was wearing some sort of yoga outfit and my lime greenContinue reading “Moment of Weakness: Hitting the Workshop Wall”

Laurasana Video: How to Sit For Yoga or Meditation

Sitting on the floor for yoga, meditation, or Lego-building can be a real pain in the …back. I’ve put together my first ever YouTube video to demonstrate how to use props to elevate your hips for more comfort and a happier low back. What I did not add (and I wish that I had) isContinue reading “Laurasana Video: How to Sit For Yoga or Meditation”

Five Reasons to Add Yin/Restorative to Your Power Practice

Hey, Yoga Stud. Yeah, you, the one who’s doing the extra chaturangas during our child’s pose break. Handstanding your way into Tadasana on our first Surya A. Binding every posture, every chance you get. Doing three Wheel Poses while the rest of the class does Supported Bridge. No judgies here.  I know you’ve got aContinue reading “Five Reasons to Add Yin/Restorative to Your Power Practice”