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Flowing Freestyle


Your yoga practice doesn’t have to be a super choreographed routine (unless you want it to be). Flowing intuitively can be a profoundly important part of one’s practice. It can teach us...

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According Dr. Peter Levine, a leader in the field of trauma healing, “On a broad level, trauma is anything from one’s life experience that remains trapped and unresolved causing...

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Yoga Medicine for Shiva Shakti Alignment


According to yogic philosophy, there is both divine masculine and divine feminine energy alive within all of us. It’s said that the balance between these two sides leads to presence...

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I don’t know about you, but I am not a person who wakes up clear-headed and ready to take on the day first thing in the morning. Interestingly, I have found that some days...

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Think of “root to rise” as a verbal cue to unify with the ground, with your skin pressing against the bones, with your ability to expand and stay firm, with blending oppositional balances.


5 Yoga Poses for Strenghtening Your Core

No matter what type of sport or physical activity you practice, having a strong core can make the difference between good or bad form.

Strengthen Your Roots with Tree Pose

Tree Pose or Vrksasana in Sanskrit (vrksa: tree, asana: pose), is a foundational yoga pose that accentuates our connection to the Earth.

Mermaid Pose: Benefits & Build-Up Poses

Mermaid pose is a beautifully challenging and rewarding hip and heart-opening asana. It’s an advanced posture...


Asana of the Month: Boat Pose

An often end-of-class asana, the Boat pose (Navasana), challenges the strength of your core and hip flexors.

Yoga for Happy Hips

How do you know if your hips are happy? Well, it’s more likely you’ll know if they’re sad!

Yoga for Building Heat

Creating warmth in the body increases flexibility and awakens the central nervous system; and if your inner furnace runs cold or your body’s...


Aging Gracefully with Yoga

The beauty of yoga is that it will rise up to meet you wherever you are. It is a practice for everybody, whether it’s in a chair, on a mat or a moving meditation in nature.

Six Yoga Poses to Feel Grounded

The term grounding can be used to describe a personality trait, a physical sensation and an emotional quality. To feel grounded is to be centered and connected with what’s going on in the present.

Yoga Medicine for the Third Eye

Take a moment to gaze through your mind’s eye and note what you see. Without judgment, ask yourself, are you living your daily life in alignment with this vision?

Heart-Opening Yoga Poses

Heart opening yoga poses offer a wonderful counter-balance for rounded shoulders, which is a common side effect of desk jobs and computer work.

A Practice to Celebrate the Earth

Just show up and prepare to settle into yourself while being outside with the spirit to create a peaceful relationship between you and the earth.

Yoga Medicine for Text Neck

From the time we wake up until we retire to bed, it's almost impossible to avoid our phones. Unfortunately, our phones have become a big pain in the neck.

Intro to Moon Salutations

Chandra Namaskara, or Moon Salutation, offers a wonderful way to wind down and prepare the mind and body for rest.

Yoga for a Good Night's Sleep

Yoga is the perfect exercise for winding down after a long day, relaxing your muscles, and calming your mind.

All About Sun Salutations

Take a moment to gaze through your mind’s eye and note what you see. Without judgment, ask yourself, are you living your daily life in alignment with this vision?


Benefits of Lotus Pose & Its Variations

Lotus pose (Padmasana) is a pose that has been widely used for meditation throughout history...

What is Tantric Yoga?

If you’re from the Western hemisphere, thinking about anything tantric may bring to mind sex and sensuality.

Intro to Crow Pose

Have you ever looked at a yoga pose and just thought “nope, not a chance!”? For me, that was Crow Pose (Bakasana).

Immune Support for Yoga

Chronic stress is one of the leading causes of disease. We’re more susceptible to illness during times of stress, when we’re pushing...

Yoga Medicine for the Crown Chakra

Just as the name sounds, the crown chakra (Sahasrara) is located at the top and center of your head and is where your higher consciousness...

Practicing Grounding Anywhere with Mountain Pose

When you ask someone why they don’t move regularly the answers tend to include, “I don’t have time.” If this sounds familiar, we have great news for you.


What is Iyengar Yoga?

No matter what form of yoga is your favorite, Iyengar yoga, with its focus on alignment and innovative use of props, is likely to have...

Yoga Medicine for the Vagus Nerve

The vagus nerve is the largest cranial nerve in the body. It extends through the stomach, the diaphragm, the heart, the lungs, the throat, the inner ear and the facial muscles.

Yoga for Skiers & Snowboarders

Yoga is a wonderful complement to skiing and snowboarding. One of the primary concerns that many skiers and snowboarders have is injury prevention.

5 Yoga Poses to Encourage Creativity

Creativity takes many forms. As someone who writes yoga classes and articles for a living, it’s a state of mind I’m often trying to channel.

Yoga Medicine for the Root Chakra

The root chakra or Muladhara is the first chakra, or energy center, of seven in the body. A balanced and open chakra allows for chi, your vital energy orlife...

A Yoga Flow for the New Year

It seems crazy to suggest more circles as a counter to it all, but this slow, sweet Mandala flow centers the mind and releases toxins without...

5 Steps to Creating a Daily Yoga Habit

Creating a habit can sometimes feel very challenging—but it doesn't have to be. The trick is to help train your mind into getting used to your new daily yoga habit.

Empowering Children with Yoga

Although being a young mom was scary at times, I grew up alongside my children in a playful loving way that felt intuitive, trusting and nurturing.

History of Yoga and Men

Yoga in the western world has a reputation of being an activity and lifestyle embraced mostly by women, thanks in part to the success of feminine...


What is Kundalini Yoga?

My first introduction to Kundalini yoga occurred at a retreat in Costa Rica, atop a mountain in a room that had glass from ceiling to floor.  

How to Headstand: Steps & Benefits

Headstand (sirsasana) is often referred to as the “king of asanas.” It’s a well-earned title, as it’s one of the most advanced yoga inversions.

5 Yoga Poses for Weight Lifters

Weightlifting is one of the best ways to gain strength, but consistent heavy lifting can put a strain on your muscles and reduce your overall range of motion.


Preventing Injury in Chaturanga Dandasana

Chaturanga dandasana (also known as four legged staff pose, low plank, or a yoga pushup) is one of the most challenging poses you may encounter.

Yoga Medicine for the Sacral Chakra

Physically, the chakra relates to your urogenital organs, lower back, and hips. So with a blocked sacral chakra, you may experience ailments...

Flavors of Yoga

Have you ever been asked, “What type of yoga do you practice?” and answered, “I don’t know, it’s yoga.” You’re not alone.

Yoga Medicine for PMS & Cramps

Females often experience light to debilitating episodes with PMS, cramping, and bleeding patterns. Here are a few suggestions to implement yoga medicine for PMS and cramps.

5 Yoga Poses for Good Posture

No matter what your job or day-to-day routine looks like, we can all stand to benefit from better posture. Through practicing certain asanas...

Yoga for Menopause

Many women have found that yoga can ease the undesirable symptoms of menopause and perimenopause, including hot flashes, insomnia...

Yoga Poses to Promote Digestion

Yoga also benefits our digestive system with twisting poses, inversions, and forward folds. These poses massage our digestive organs and...

Yoga Medicine for the Heart Chakra

The heart chakra or Anahata (Sanskrit for Unstruck) is the fourth chakra of seven in the body. The Anahata connects the flow of Chi between...

Yoga for Cyclists

Through stretching, strengthening and stabilizing the body, the physical benefits of yoga serve as complementary to many other forms of exercise. Cycling is an exercise that pairs perfectly with yoga.


Yoga for Uncertain Times

At this time, the feelings of turbulence and uncertainty are prevalent and may feel overwhelming. Whether your normal schedule has become inundated, uninterrupted...

What is Hatha Yoga?

One of my favorite descriptions of Hatha is “That 70’s Yoga”—basically, Hatha is what we in the western hemisphere picture when we imagine yoga...

Anatomy of the Spine

The spine runs vertically up and down the back of your body. It consists of bones, ligaments, a spinal cord, nerves, muscles, intervertebral discs, and other connective tissue.


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Practicing Yoga as a Family |
with a guided meditation


Parents often ask, “How can I get my children to do yoga?” The reply is always the same, let your children see you doing yoga. Sharing your yoga space is a fun and playful way to spend

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7 Yoga Poses to Bring Focus to your Day


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


Sleep Better with these 3 Poses

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...  

Yoga for Sciatica

Your two sciatic nerves are the longest and largest single nerves in the human body. They begin at the bottom of your spine, run through your pelvis...

What is Forrest Yoga?

Forrest yoga was created by Ana T. Forrest, a fierce, powerful warrior woman. She developed the practice through her own healing. Forrest yoga uses the breath, the building of...


Finding Your Edge - How Deep Should You Stretch?

As a yoga teacher, I am always dissecting my most commonly used phrases to make sure they are more than just slogans. “Find your edge” is one such piece of advice...

Setting Up a Home Yoga Practice

I have heard countless times, “I wish I were disciplined enough to practice at home.” To which I reply, “unroll your yoga mat, start there.

All About Warrior Poses

In nearly every sequence, a set of shapes emerges that sounds anything shy of peaceful: the warrior poses. Sounds kind of violent, no?

Wrist Injury Prevention

One of the most common ways yoga practitioners get hurt is by underestimating the importance of keeping their wrists in check.

Mini Energy-Boosting Yoga Sequences

A consistent practice, moving the body intentionally, generates the brain’s happiness, lubricates the joints, and strengthens the muscles.

Getting Yinny!

Yin yoga also works within our subtle bodies to calm the parasympathetic nervous system and bring balance to our emotional state of mind.

Adho Mukha Svavasana (downward dog)

I will always remember in one of my first yoga classes when the teacher said that Adho Mukha Svanasana (downward dog) was a resting pose.

Benefits of Bikram Yoga

Yoga has long been touted as having numerous health benefits, but a specific form of yoga called Bikram has been intriguing enough people to make...

Poses that Build Tapas (heat)

Do you wonder why most yoga classes, regardless of style, include chair pose, warrior one, and plank? Not only include them, but include MANY of them?


Poses that Flow

Being in the flow—you know the feeling. Life feels like a yes, everything (or most things) are running smoothly, you’re catching all the green lights, receiving hugs and support

Yoga with a Little Extra Sparkle

What do you do when suddenly your yoga practice becomes repetitive, uninteresting, or dull? Every once in a while, after classes upon classes of the same movements, the same t

Snow Yoga

Most of us are starting to bundle up from the colder temperatures. Snow is just around the corner and if you are just as active in the winter as you are in the summer, why


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Yoga Medicine for the Third Chakra


Feeling overreactive or inactive? You may consider checking-in with your third chakra. Your Solar Plexus chakra, or Manipura, is the seat of your will power, self-esteem, and your ability

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Finding Yoga at 50+


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

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Light the Fire in your Vinyasa Flow


That heat, that heart-filled, soul-catching, delicious, sparkly fire begins with breath. The ujjayi Darth Vader whisper ocean breath. This breath is your beginning, your foundation.


What is Acro Yoga?

What is Baptiste Yoga?

Recharge your Vinyasa Practice

Chaturanga Dandasana (four-limbed staff pose)

Relax into these Supine Yoga Poses

How Yoga Can Make your Favorite Sports Even More Fun

Building Core Strength

Rest & Digest

Change your Perspective with these Inverted Poses

Bridge Pose (setu bandhasana)

Poses that Ground

Ignite Strength & Courage with this Sequence

A Sequence to Open the Heart

3 Poses to Lengthen the Neck

The Role of Sun Salutations in your Vinyasa Flow

Ashtanga vs. Hatha

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