Note: This post is the first in a series of posts I am creating called Yoga for Anxious Times. This series is designed to give you simple and short practices to help you ground, center and rest in times where you are feeling anxious. You will be able to find more in the series by typing Yoga For Anxious Times in the search bar. Read More “Yoga For Anxious Times – Deep Rest A Guided Relaxation”
Spring Is Hands Down My Absolute Favorite Time Of Year!
From a Chinese Medicine Perspective, Spring has These Qualities:
The Element of wood
The associated organs are the Liver and Gallbladder
It’s the time of year for cleansing, clearing and purging
Clarity of vision/goals
A sense of direction and purpose
Harmony and the smooth flow of Qi
After resting in the winter and water element, the energy of the wood element bursts forward. Read More “Yin Yoga For Spring”
One year ago, I took on a Buy Nothing For a Year challenge inspired by Buy Nothing Day which was founded in Vancouver by artist Ted Dave in September of 1992. It was then promoted by Ad Busters magazine. For the first four years, it was observed.
Eventually, Buy Nothing Day made it’s way to being recognized on the Friday after American Thanksgiving (the day is infamously known as Black Friday). Read More “Buy Nothing for Year Challenge …. did I make it?”
I often get requests for recommendations for Yin Yoga Music both from my students and teachers.
I don’t always use music in my home practice but, I tend to when I teach.
Most of the locations I teach at are quite urban there may be a fair bit of external noise that can be distracting, so I find adding a little music can create an ambiance and a container for practice. Read More “Music for Yin Yoga”
Yin Yoga vs. Restorative Yoga: Same, Same, But Different?
As a teacher who specializes in teaching Yin Yoga, I am often shocked by class descriptions labeled as Yin / Restorative. If you are a teacher or studio owner who has never taken any specialized training in either Yin or Restorative Yoga, I can see how the two could be confused as interchangeable. Read More “What’s the Difference Between Yin Yoga and Restorative Yoga?”
Whether it be in a public Yoga class, or in my private Therapeutic Yoga practice, the neck is a much-requested area of the body to release.
This delightfully simple neck stretch is easy to do as part of your Yoga practice or anytime throughout the day. It can also be done at your desk if you need a little stretch break. Read More “Tight Neck? Yoga To The Rescue!”
As a Yoga Therapist, I work a lot with folks who suffer from Back Pain. Because of our more sedentary lifestyle, and with all the desk work we do, our back muscles can become weakened, and this can lead to injury.
There are a couple of simple prone backbends we can add to our regular routine that can make a big difference to the strength of our back muscles, improve our posture, and hopefully prevent back injuries. Read More “Back Pain Yoga – Baby Cobra Pose”
In my former life (before I became a Yoga Therapist), I was a hair color specialist. Because of this, I had my arms lifted on and off all day, so to say I know something about tight shoulders might be an understatement.
I have made a habit of collecting poses and tricks that relieve tight shoulders. Read More “Shoulders Tight? – Sundial Pose”
I’m about to embark on a big challenge….I’m about to commit to buying ‘noThing’ for a year.
I know. To most people, this sounds crazy, or at least most of the people I have mentioned my plan to. They’ve said,“What about food, skin care, makeup?” Don’t worry, I’ll address all of those obvious questions below. Read More “Buy Nothing Day … Or Buy Nothing Year”
Sciatica is a bit tricky and can be persistent. In all my years of teaching Back Pain Yoga, I have found more than anything else that Sciatica is often used as a blanket term, which students cover a range of symptoms they may have. So, if you think you may have Sciatica, please see a health professional to get a proper diagnosis. Read More “Sciatica? Get Relief!”