Asanas off the Wall

There are many ways to use the wall in your yoga practice.  A wall can be one of the best yoga props to strengthen and/or assist your practice.  Typically, the wall is used to practice handstands as those can be scary practicing at first without the security of a wall behind you.  However, I have... Continue Reading →

Yoga for the Heart Chakra

The Heart Chakra is our fourth chakra and I like to think of it as the balancing chakra. It is the center point between the lower three more physical chakras and the upper three more spiritual chakras. The heart chakra lies is the core of our spirit. In yoga, many different pranayama or breathing exercises... Continue Reading →

L-Shape Handstand

In my previous post, I forgot to mention that a good preparatory pose for the freestanding yoga handstand is the L-shaped Handstand. This pose helps to strengthen your arms and core, but I think that its primary benefit is helping to give you the confidence to kick up into a freestanding handstand. This is a... Continue Reading →

The Benefits of Handstands

Whether you are doing freestanding handstands or handstands against the wall, the benefits of these inversions are well-known. For the past year, I’ve been doing handstands for a few minutes each morning and I’ve seen my upper body and core strength increase dramatically. Obviously, this inversion should be done only if you are physically well... Continue Reading →

The Yoga Wheel

I love yoga props. From blocks to straps to blankets, I love them all.  These props are heavily used in certain yoga styles, such as Restorative and Yin, but one of my favorite new props being incorporated into many different yoga practices is the Yoga Wheel.  They are really fun to use and are super... Continue Reading →

How Yoga Can Benefit Climbers

I am pretty new to climbing and since starting I have grown to love it. Like yoga, it’s an incredible upper and lower body workout. However, I have to say that I am grateful that I started practicing yoga before I began climbing because the tools I have learned in yoga have made learning how... Continue Reading →

The Benefits of Inversions

Inversions are most widely classified as an asana where the head is below the heart. Examples of inversions include: head stands; shoulder stands; hand stands; and forearm stands However, more simple asanas are also considered inversions, such as Wheel Pose (urdhva Dhanurasana) and Downward Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana). Inversions not only feel good, but... Continue Reading →

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