Home and yoga may not always seem like the go together, but these tips will help you flip your perspective and give yoga in your abode a go. 1. Make a supportive, even meaningful space. Okay this one is easier said than done, but it can be created by reflecting on what you actually need. Doing his will give the space meaning and help … Read More Four Tips to Start your own Home Yoga Practice (and to keep it going).
Something surprising recently happened in a class I was teaching. It unfortunately wasn’t an epiphany or jolt of kundalini rising – it was a student gone rogue. A student, who although attending the class I was teaching, did an entirely different postural yoga sequence. Picture this. I start the class as I normally do, with a brief introduction, asking students if the have any … Read More Rogue Yogi: What to do when a yoga student doesn’t follow your cues.
One thing I love about yoga is that you are always learning. Even though I have been teaching for over three years and practicing for ten, I find myself consistently curious about yoga and interested in learning more about the philosophy and the practice. As a yoga teacher, I enjoy realizing I’m a yoga student with a lot to explore. Online Learning in Yoga … Read More 7 Udemy Courses for Yogis
Yoga is good for your body at any time of day. But, if you’re having trouble sleeping, it can be what you need to help you get a full seven to eight hours of high-quality rest. Yoga has some impressive effects on your mind and body that lead to better sleep, starting with its ability to reduce and manage stress. Stress and Sleep Loss … Read More Add Yoga to Your Bedtime Routine for Better Sleep
We’ve all seen them- small beads with various colors and textures wrapped around the wrists or draped along the neck of yoga practitioners, sometimes with a tassle, other times without. These beads are known as malas, but what exactly are they? A yoga accessory? A fashion statement? A fleeting trend? The truth is mala beads may seem trendy in yoga communities, but these … Read More What’s Up with Mala Beads?
In 2016, I had the privilege of spending two weeks at a Sivananda yoga ashram in Western Australia. Although everyone who entered the ashram were initially strangers, we quickly formed a tight knit community based around morning meditations, shared meals and through daily karma yoga, or volunteering freely and without expectations. We were assigned daily karma yoga duties on a whiteboard in a common … Read More The Power of Karma Yoga
‘Tis the season to start feeling festive, and for me, that usually translates to doing something crafty. When I was little, my mom would help us make salt dough ornaments . The texture of the dough is similar to play dough, and easily malleable to form a variety of shapes. Salt dough in incredible versatile- you can cut it out, similar to making sugar cookies, … Read More DIY Yoga Ornaments!
Kosha translates to “layer”, and according to yogic philosophy, we are comprised of five layers working together to make up our being. The concept of koshas has improved my yoga practice, as not only look at my physical and mental wellbeing, but the wellbeing of each of the layers. Thinking of the body in five layers has given me a path to be more … Read More Exploring the Five Koshas
In Hatha yoga, the sadhaka and badhaka tattva lay out specific sets of rules to advance your yoga practice. Basically, they tell you how to be successful (sadhaka) or how to fail (badhaka) in your yoga path. In Sanskrit, sadhaka means a person who follows a sadhana, which is basically a way of life. Tattva refers to the principles of living a certain way. … Read More Exploring Sadhaka & Badhaka Tattva
Different ways of thinking provide various frameworks to promote wellness. The many forms of yoga, mindfulness and Qigong are great examples, and these wellness frameworks often overlap. They often share the primary goals of finding balance in your life, releasing negative thoughts, feelings and behaviors, and showing kindness toward yourself and others. I recently read about the Swedish concept of lagom, and realized I … Read More The Lagom Lens: A Framework the Enhance Happiness and Balance
Before a yoga class begins, I like to ask students what they would like to focus on. Over half of the time, students shout out “hips”! Some even specifically request the most well known hip-opener: pigeon pose. As ubiquitous as the bird it shares a name with, this pose is a great hip opener and has variations and subtleties that help it adapt to … Read More Why is Pigeon Pose so Awesome?
Are you looking for the yoga mat that is just right for you and your practice? Feeling overwhelmed by the many candidates? Stop, take a breath, chill on the research. Read on to find your yoga mat the right way. Your Mat, Your Practice Yoga mats play a major role in modern yoga practice. The right mat gives your protection over rough surfaces, cushion … Read More Style, Brands & Reviews: OH MY! Find the Yoga Mat that is Perfect for You, Stress Free