Benefits of practicing yoga outside

I've started to take my yoga practice outside a lot more and I feel like my practice has improved from it.  The stability of a flat studio floor is substituted for earth's rocky and sandy surfaces requiring more concentration in holding poses and balancing.  Breathing in the fresh air has brought and added invigoration to... Continue Reading →

Stretching during the Winter months

As the weather becomes colder, it is important to remember to stretch. When it is cold outside, muscles in the body tend to tighten up, due to a lowering in body temperature, making them more susceptible to injury. Yoga is a perfect way to stretch out those muscles keeping them safe and pliable. Before practicing... Continue Reading →

Yin Yoga

Yin yoga has been one of the most challenging styles of yoga that I have encountered. Although its primarily a seated, often considered passive practice, it is by no means easy. This style of yoga requires the practitioner to hold postures for 5 to 20 minutes, which lends to a very intimate, meditative practice with... Continue Reading →

Viparita Karani–Legs Up the Wall Pose

Viparita Karani, or Legs Up the Wall Pose, is one of my favorite yoga poses to practice on the weekend.  It is a restorative yoga pose and can bring so many beautiful health benefits.  These benefits are believed to include some of the following: ·              A boost in energy levels; ·              A digestive aid; ·             ... Continue Reading →

Anjali Mudra (praṇāmāsana)

This week, I began each of my classes in Anjali Mudra. This traditional hand gesture, where palms touch in prayer, is a symbolic offering of gratitude or another gift to oneself or to others. I asked my class to think of a meaningful gift that they desire and to offer themselves this gift each time... Continue Reading →

Pigeon Pose for a Tight Piriformis

I am a runner. With that regularly comes tightness and pain, particularly in my piriformis muscle. The piriformis muscle is a small muscle that lies deep within the buttock region below the gluteal muscles. It has a significantly important role as it helps to rotate the thigh outward and inward. As running increases activity in... Continue Reading →

The Beauty Of Mudras

Mudras are actions of the hands and fingers that are used to receive and guide prana (universal cosmic energy) in and throughout the body. It is said that each part of the hand has a reflexive connection to the brain. Mudras help to stimulate those connections. When mudras are done in conjunction with yoga breathing... 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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