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 →

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 →

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