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 →

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 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 →

The Power of Breath

One of the primary benefits of yoga that I have experienced is the conscious awareness that is placed on inhaling and exhaling deeply. Simple, deep breathing is known to increase energy, decrease anxiety and stress, and can lead to greater muscle relaxation. One of the forms of yoga that I teach is called Vinyasa, in... Continue Reading →

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