If you travel in Yoga circles long enough, you are likely to stumble across words that may sound kinda funny or even intimidating. In some upcoming posts, I’ll go into the meaning of these words for those of you who are new to ‘Yoga speak’. Even those of you with Yoga experience may not know some of these terms. Read More “Yoga Words – What is a Kula”
I recently read an article entitled ‘sitting is the new smoking‘. Yikes! At first glance, that sounded pretty extreme, but is it really? It’s actually not an exaggeration.
Sadly, chairs are indeed wrecking our backs (not to mention increasing evidence that prolonged sitting increases the risk of developing several serious illnesses like cancer, heart disease and type 2 diabetes). Read More “Back Pain? Get Off Your Ass”
There are as many mantras as there are stars in the sky. Even if you may not know it, you are affected by the power of words each day in both positive and negative ways.
Each of us has a running dialogue within – “I am this. I am that. I can. Read More “The Magic of Mantras – By Saraswati”
This post could stir the pot a little and maybe even cause a wee Yoga uproar. Believe it or not, Yogis just like everyone else can be pretty attached to ‘their way’ of practicing being the ‘right way’.
So if you are a Yoga teacher or a long time practicing Yogini and you are reading this, I encourage you to keep an open mind on this and try it out for yourself. Read More “To Round Or Not To Round – That Is The Question”
The following is a guest post by my Vedic Astrologer, Lorae Marsten. I was highly sceptical about Vedic Astrology at first since I tend to have one foot in the woo woo and one firmly planted in practicality. I thought getting my chart read was a bit out there for me but Lorae and I have a mutual friend who raved about her so I gave it a chance. Read More “Vedic Astrology and Yoga”
Sleeping swan pose is a variation of swan pose, only folded over the front leg. Folding over the front leg will increase the sensation in the hip, butt, IT band area, and is a pretty sweet hip opener.
If your front knee doesn’t like this pose, sometimes moving the knee towards the mid-line of the body can take the pressure off. Read More “Yin Yoga – Sleeping Swan Pose”
Swan pose is great as a backbend on its own, and a great pose to lead into Sleeping Swan Pose (more on that in a future post). Of the Yin Yoga poses, Swan is a bit more on the Yang side, so the hold time isn’t as long. In general, 1-3 min is good, but of course, if you are an experienced ‘Yinnie’, you’re welcome to hold for longer. Read More “Yin Yoga – Swan Pose”
I have a few neck pain poses in my Yoga tool belt, and they are all helpful, but this one is the granddaddy of all neck stretches. For some of you, it may even stretch out some little hidden muscles you didn’t even know you had, and it can even get into tightness the shoulders for some of us. Read More “Neck Pain? Get Relief!”
Plantar fasciitis, foot pain, fallen arches, flat feet, and bunions, oh my! These are just a few foot problems that affect so many people. I’ve got some pretty strong opinions on why this is and what we can do about it.
We can blame most of our foot issues on shoes! Read More “Foot Pain? Yoga To The Rescue!”
It was 2005 and I was in the middle of training to become a Registered Massage Therapist. One of our courses was “Therapeutic Exercise.” Not only did we learn about specific rehab exercises, but we learned a little bit about other exercises that could also benefit our patients.
When we got to the Yoga section I remember thinking, “It’s basically just over-rated stretching.” Read More “From Skeptic to Believer: A Yoga Journey – By Liana Bakker”