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 →

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 →

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 Beauty Of Mudras

Mudras are actions of the hands and fingers that are used to receive and guide prana (universal cosmic energy) in and throughout the body. It is said that each part of the hand has a reflexive connection to the brain. Mudras help to stimulate those connections. When mudras are done in conjunction with yoga breathing... Continue Reading →

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