texting shoulders

Improve your posture with yoga Texting Shoulders, iPosture,  iHunch ... just some of the names assigned to the posture we fold into it when we use our mobile devices. It’s pretty obvious that this kind of body positioning can create a lot of stress on the neck. The weight of the head is usually about …

yoga in addiction recovery

In 2014, an estimated 21.4 million people in the United States who were 12 years old or older battled a substance use disorder, which equates to about 1 in every 12 American adults, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSUDH) reported. There are many methods and programs available to treat substance abuse and addiction, from …

yoga for migraines

The head is the center of the body, if not physically, then certainly psychologically. (Indian mythology and folklore abound with stories of identity conundrums involving the head. In one, a woman’s husband and her brother both behead themselves as offerings to the goddess. The distraught wife/sister prays to Mahadevi to restore their lives. The goddess …

discover your ayurvedic dosha

Originating thousands of years ago among monks in India, Ayurveda or the “science of life” is an ancient healing system based on eating the right foods and taking care of the body by following self-care routines. In order to prescribe the right regimen, practitioners first determine a person’s dominant dosha or energies present in the body. The …

is blindfolded yoga for you?

Blindfolded yoga is just like your traditional yoga class, but with a bandana, eye mask or some other cover over your eyes. This unique practice has been rising in popularity and can be found at Wanderlust Festivals, yoga retreats, and in a few studios in New York and Australia. I was excited to try blindfolded yoga at a yoga retreat in …

5 points of yoga etiquette; the philosophy

1. Where you place yourself in the yoga room When you arrive at yoga class, there is an etiquette to where you place yourself in the room ... and challenging yourself to break out of your comfort zone can also enhance your practice, Brown says. "I think it turns to in front, back, or middle …

10 myths about yoga injuries

Who wouldn’t want a magic formula to ward off injury on the mat or protect our yoga students from harm? That wish for safety, however, may have given rise to a host of misconceptions about yoga injuries. For instance, we may believe we can avoid injury if only we’re sufficiently mindful. Or that if we …

protect your wrists

By nature, our wrists are particularly prone to injury. Learn how to protect them in your practice. If your yoga practice involves moving into and out of Downward-Facing Dog Pose and Chaturanga Dandasana, wrist pain may be a current or looming problem. I teach workshops internationally to teachers and students who are serious about improving their …

heating up your yoga practice: understanding tapas

Westerners often think of Patanjali as the Father of Yoga, but this title rightly belongs to the solar spirit. Reiterating ancient Vedic teachings, the Bhagavad Gita (4.1) refers to the solar spirit, called Vivasvat, as the primordial teacher of ancient yoga. And since tapas is at the heart of all yogic disciplines, the solar spirit (not to be confused with …