Kneeling Mermaid Pose

Mermaid pose and all its variants like this kneeling variation (pictured) is one of my favorite poses to practice when I want to open up my chest and stretch out my quads.  As it requires some flexibility in the spine, this pose is a great one to practice to improve mobility in that area.  Holding... Continue Reading →

Natarajasana~Dancer’s Pose

Natarajasana  or Dancer’s Pose,is one of my favorite asanas to practice when I feel like waking up my body and stretching it out. It helps to target close to every body part and helps to build full-body strength.  It releases built up tension in the upper body and stretches out the core and lower body.  I... Continue Reading →

Upward Facing Bow + Variation

Upward Facing Bow or Wheel Pose is such a great asana to practice when you feel like you need a nice "stretch + strengthen"  through the spine.  This pose is a more advanced asana of the spine strengtheners, but if you don't have any bodily limitations preventing you from regularly practicing this one, it is... Continue Reading →

Trikonasana

I’ve been running more lately and have been really focusing on asanas that assist in stretching out the hamstrings and side body.  My go to pose to target these areas is Trikonasana or Triangle Pose.  I absolutely love to do this pose after a run.  Depending on the depth of your angle in this pose,... Continue Reading →

Hanumanasana~Monkey Pose

If you want a pose that is going to really take some patience to work into, this is the one to practice.  I have been working on Hanumanasana or Monkey Pose for about a year and it is one that I am deeply grateful for.  There is no forcing anything in this asana (pose).  It... Continue Reading →

Yoga + Running

Yoga can have a significant impact on your running style and your longevity as a runner.   I have been running consistently for a LONG time and it was actually through a running injury that I found yoga.  Since practicing yoga for about ten years now, I have seen exactly how a regular yoga practice... 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 →

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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