10+ Tips to Practice Safe Yoga during Pregnancy

After my earlier post – Yoga in Pregnancy - Bursting the Myth, I am sharing few tips on safe practices for Yoga in Pregnancy. Doing Yoga in Pregnancy is easy if you keep below tips in mind. And one has to be careful and vigilant all the time - pamper the body and listen to every sign that it tells us....more
Having great awareness of safety when working out with yoga is very important to avoid injury ...more

Yoga for Healthy Knees

The knee is a complicated joint and one of the most unstable in the body. It is also one that we often overlook in our yoga practice as we focus on our hips and feet and seem to notice our knees mostly when they hurt.  They deserve more than this!  Check out the anatomical discussion and asana exploration below to give your knees some more love in life... ...more

Your period and your practice

While wishing my yoga students good-bye after a 3:30 class, a student approached sheepishly.  As I lifted my gaze to make eye contact with Keely, she asked where I had procured my yoga shorts.  As I looked down at my well-worn, four year old shorts, Keely continued to speak. Keely indicated that she used to engage in a regular yoga practice however, she quit 8 months earlier and has finally come back.  ...more

Can You Learn Something from a Young Yoga Instructor?

I don’t like young yoga instructors. And it’s not because they can twist their lithe bodies into pretzels while I will never get into crow (I swear it's an abnormal torso to arm length ratio and not a fear of falling on my face).Youthful yoga instructors annoy me because when I’m juggling a full-time job, a child, a marriage, a cross country move and expanding age spots on my face, I have a really hard time relating to a 20-something whose biggest challenge is to finish all her term papers by the end of the weekend....more

Does Yoga Mean “The End of Stress?"

I used to feel like I lived in two different misperceptions. My yoga students would question if I ever felt stressed – assuming that I was Zen in all aspects of my life! Others, who had never attended my classes, wondered how I could possibly be calm enough to teach yoga?! Why on earth do you feel stressed? You teach yoga! Yoga is not a “cure” from the stress of life or our never-ending to-do list. It is a series of techniques that helps with that stress. Yoga is a management-style. ...more

Does Being “Good at Balance” Mean Being “Perfect?”

I can’t even count how many times I hear people use the words “suck” or “terrible” when describing their ability to balance. I hear it from those who use it as a reason why they “can’t take a yoga class,” as a warning from brand new students before they ever attend a class as well as from more experienced students before and after they “do” a so-called balance pose....more

Are You Breathing? Ask Your Feet!

Logically, I know we humans inhale via our nose or mouth but I swear - experientially… breath and energy enter the body from the ground up. While in a yoga pose (or simply standing), with each breath - explore, turn inward and ask: how is the quality of your energy flowing? Assessing from the ground up is the easiest, most available reference. Gravity being helpful, some part of our body is always touching the ground! :-)
 
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What Yoga Can Teach Type A Types

I love yoga. I’ve been practicing for a long time. I’m not even really sure how long…maybe 8 years? I’m being trained to teach and I’m finishing up my certification in April. So last night, I’m with my husband and another couple. They are dear, dear friends who have been a constant, reliable, supportive part of our lives for 15 years or so. I love them. I just want to say, I love them and I love my husband. I want to put that out there before I really lay into them. ...more
@DancingVeggies Thanks for comment! I love yoga for that reason too - I look forward to the time ...more

Yoga: Stabilize on Inhales, Flexibilize on Exhales

Yes, I just totally made up a word that I have no real plans of using!  However, within any yoga pose, there is a continuous cycle of grounding (stability) and exploring depth (flexibility). With each inhale, check in and make sure that you feel grounded, stable and aware from your feet all the way up your body. You want to feel that your breath can move through your body unhindered....more

Tight Muscles Can Equal Blessings! Got Flexibility? Add Stability!

For someone with tight muscles, participating in a yoga class surrounded by more flexible students can feel obnoxious and/or ridiculous. I always tell my “tight” students that there are blessings to tightness. Those tight muscles give oodles of feedback. “Tight” individuals feel things and are quite stable in positions – they might even call themselves immovable!  But, they are not immovable, they just aren’t loosey-goosey. Tighter students will make progress....more