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 →

Unconditional Love

Unconditional Love is such a beautiful topic this Valentine’s Day. Relating it to yogic philosophy, the Brahmaviharas come to mind. Brahmaviharas are the four states of mind that help unconditional love become more possible when practiced. They consist of (i) Metta—friendliness (ii) Karuna—compassion, (iii) Mudita—joy, and (iv) Upekkha—equanimity.  Swami Satchidananda said the following about Brahmaviharas,... 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 →

Child’s Pose (Balasana)

Child’s Pose (Balasana) is one of my favorite poses to practice when I feel like I need to decompress. Not only is it calming for the mind, but it is also very good for digestion, elongating the lower back and opening up the hips. There are two ways to practice Child’s pose—one being with the... Continue Reading →

Third Eye Chakra

Recently, I've been studying more about the seven chakras.  Each of the chakras is believed to affiliate with a specific aspect of your life.  The chakra that I find to be one of the most interesting is the Third Eye Chakra, which is believe to be affiliated with your intuition and to link to your... Continue Reading →

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