Before I ever used meditation cushions, I used pillows from my couch and folded up blankets—anything that would lift my hips a little and provide some sort of respite to my lower back. While my inventions were okay as placeholders, they did not make sitting for long periods of time comfortable or fun
Satya, truthfulness, is the second of the five yamas or restraints of the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali. Sutra 36 of book two roughly translates as: for one established in truthfulness, all action bears fruit.
Our busy mind is a trap that disconnects us from reality. We get “caught” up in our heads. I often hear this phenomenon called a “monkey mind,” meaning we are literally swinging from one thought to the next like a monkey swinging from branch to branch.
Big toes touching, knees out wide, reach toward the top of your mat. Spread your fingertips wide and sink your hips back into your heels. Press your forehead into your mat and roll your forehead from side to side, giving yourself a face massage.
Peace of mind is often elusive during the busy winter holiday season, and it’s during these times of excess activity and stress that we need to be even more mindful about taking time to decompress and just be.
Imagine believing that you will never walk without assistance or be off pain medication for the rest of your life. Imagine then deciding not to cooperate with that dismal prognosis with the help of a yoga instructor who saw you and had faith that you were destined for more than a life of pain management.
Do you lie in bed at night and struggle to slow down your mind? Do you hit the snooze button in the morning feeling too exhausted to get up? Having trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, and getting the right amount of sleep are all issues that plague 33% of our stressed, electronically driven, modern society.
Everything is energy and this energy cannot be created nor destroyed; it can only be transmuted from one form into another. Ultimately, energy can only do two things: expand or contract. High frequency vibrations expand energy, while low vibrational frequencies contract it.
When I first went public with my intention to open a yoga studio, several people who knew me responded with, "You? But you’re so energetic and fast-paced!” As right as they were about my true nature, the beauty of yoga is that it brings out the focus and “chill factor” some of us aren’t outwardly known for.
Cooler weather means more time spent indoors, and the risk of catching the latest cold and flu bugs increases as we are forced into closer contact with others. Time to boost your immune system with homemade smoothies!
Despite having been active my whole life (dance, snowboarding, hiking, and the occasional gym membership), I realized as I was turning 50 in 2016 that a lot of things hurt. In the midst of focusing on “working out” I’d never really been introduced to real stretching and balance work.
Mats come in all kinds of materials, colors, sizes, and flavors. Some smell like flowers, some look like they should be in a museum, and others feel so soft I want to wear them around my shoulders like a bunch of blankets. Over my years as a yoga practitioner, yoga teacher, and yoga learner, I’ve tried as many mats as I can to find the right one for me