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 →

Standing Mermaid Pose

Standing Mermaid pose is one of my favorite poses because it feels so good.  It's my favorite chest opener and it's also a great hip and shoulder opener, as well. It's a great pose to practice after a hard upper body workout to get that area throughly stretched out.  I like the quote by yoga... Continue Reading →

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 →

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