Ever wonder why yoga classes often include ambient nature sounds in the background? The auditory experience is healing indoors and even more magical when combined with actual nature.
As an experienced yoga teacher, I’m asked often for book recommendations. One of my “you gotta read” books is A Life Worth Breathing: A Yoga Master's Handbook of Strength, Grace, and Healing by Max Strom.
Eve of Day 1: I soaked mung beans for the next day’s kitchari, washed my face, brushed my teeth, and did a coconut oil pull. Then I settled in to journal about how I was feeling at the time: excited, a bit hesitant, hopeful. Day 1: I am proof that it is possible to gag on a metal tongue scraper, regardless of what the packaging says.
If you like lying around your house on pillows of various sizes, then you will absolutely love a bolster. Bolsters are wonderful additions to your practice not only because they’re big and soft, but more importantly because they can be used to enhance nearly any pose.
The word sangha is Sanskrit for community or affiliation. I refer to it as my “yoga home.” It is where I go to feel seen and connected and a place I can be fully myself. Finding a yoga sangha can feel a bit like playing Goldilocks.
How many times have you arrived home from work or were simply frazzled after a long day and wished you had an instant stress relief button? Anxiety can show up in ways like pressure in the chest, tension in the stomach, tightness in the shoulders, insomnia, or headaches. And it often appears when we feel disconnected from the present moment.
Our human reality operates entirely through thought. Everything we feel is a result of our thinking. If we feel anxious, it’s because we are experiencing anxious thinking. If we feel happy, it’s because we are experiencing happy thinking. How we view our reality, therefore, really does come from within! We have the power to choose our thoughts and therefore, we have the power to create our feelings.
When Kat Gregory, E-RYT and Ayurvedic Health and Wellness Coach, offered to lead seasonal Ayurvedic cleanses at Downward Dog Yoga & Wellness Studio, I imagined a strict diet of juice and maybe some celery. While I was supportive and excited for her to lend her expertise to our clients, I wasn’t sure it was something I could fit into my hectic lifestyle.
A strap gives you extra expansion and length in your arms and your legs! What's not to love? Here are a few great ways to use it:
Are you a current student of yoga? How do you connect with your teacher? Do you feel comfortable giving your teacher feedback and asking your teacher questions? Do you feel “seen” by your teacher?
Learning to pause is the first step toward transformation and healing in relationships. When triggered, we can take a deep breath before jumping to blaming, withdrawing, obsessing, or distracting ourselves.
Knees are delicate joints that need love and attention! If you have a knee injury, yoga can help strengthen the stabilizing muscles around the knee and can create space in the tendons and the muscles surrounding the area.