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 →

Practicing Meditation

"The body benefits from movement, and the mind benefits from stillness." -Sakyong Mipham. One may think that seated meditation is an easy thing to do, but I have discovered throughout my years of practice that it can be one of the most challenging aspects of yoga. Living in such a busy society as we do... Continue Reading →

Rose Geranium & Aloe Facial Mist

I like to make this facial mist in the spring and summer months when it is warm outside to help refresh the face and chest.  It contains fresh aloe vera, which has very soothing and cooling properties, ideal for warm weather and after sun exposure, and it also contains rose geranium oil, which is believed... Continue Reading →

Ayurvedic Herbal-Floral Facial Steam

For the past year, I have been studying the beautiful science of Ayurveda. Ayurveda in a nutshell is an ancient Indian medical science that builds on the elements of nature. Further, Ayurveda helps us to better understand the effects that nature can have on our bodies. One area of Ayurveda that has been most interesting... Continue Reading →

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