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”

Hey, Up Dog: Your Cobra is Showing

Friend and fellow teacher Kirsten practices Up Dog in an unlikely locale Last month, in a sort of boot-campy mood, I challenged one of my classes to do some “Up Dog  push-ups.” I demonstrated first by showing them they could start with Cobra- lifting and lowering- and, if they felt pretty stable, they could liftContinue reading “Hey, Up Dog: Your Cobra is Showing”

Week #3, Yama #3: Asteya- You’re Stealing More Than You Think

And here we are with Asteya, the 3rd of Patanjali’s Yamas. In case you’d like a quick review, here’s #1- Ahimsa and here is #2, Satya (with a follow-up here). (Complete and total just random by-the-way: I can’t decide if I should be capitalizing these guys or not, so I’m sort of sticking with not-capitalizing themContinue reading “Week #3, Yama #3: Asteya- You’re Stealing More Than You Think”

Hey, Athletes: Five Reasons to Add Yoga to Your Training Plan

I was inspired to write this article while creating a “Yoga For Runners, Spinners, Cross-Fitters” type class that I’ll be teaching next week. Yes, all of this has been said before- but I felt it was worth saying again. If you or someone you love is an athlete- yoga is for you.* Strength + Flexibility:Continue reading “Hey, Athletes: Five Reasons to Add Yoga to Your Training Plan”

Beginner’s Guide to Triangle Pose, or, Stop Worrying About Putting Your Hand on the Floor

  Triangle Pose (Utthita Trikonasana) seems, at first glance, to be pretty easy. Legs straight, check, bend to the side, check, one arm up, check, other arm down to the ground, right, good to go!…  Not so fast, yoga stud.  Let’s look at it more closely. There are many ways to do Triangle (at leastContinue reading “Beginner’s Guide to Triangle Pose, or, Stop Worrying About Putting Your Hand on the Floor”

A Sad Tale of Ahimsa and Janu Sirsasana C (Or, Your Yoga Teacher is Kind of a Hypocrite)

So recently I’ve been playing a bit with the Ashtanga Primary Series. It’s more like a flirtation- I’m not ready to commit to a serious Ashtanga practice. To mix metaphors, you could even say I’m just dipping my toe in the water. My incredibly crippled, feeble little pinkie toe. The one that I mashed mercilesslyContinue reading “A Sad Tale of Ahimsa and Janu Sirsasana C (Or, Your Yoga Teacher is Kind of a Hypocrite)”