The Question For Yoga Teachers

How has your yoga teaching, practice or both changed in the last five years? Some of us were taught to spiritualize pain in the postures. That our yoga is about what we can do or what it looks like. That alignment or gurus are unquestionable. The authoritarian system may have made us feel bad, shamed, … Continue reading The Question For Yoga Teachers

Mother’s Day Tribute Practice

“One of the things this society is most deficient in is safe spaces for truth-telling about the condition of our souls.” – Parker Palmer Last Mother’s Day, as an alternative to the typical Mother’s Day celebrations, I offered a commemorative yoga practice at my local yoga studio to honor the mothers who are no longer … Continue reading Mother’s Day Tribute Practice

If Walking Down the Street Was a Yoga Pose

If walking down the street was a yoga pose, how would we do it? Would we walk more mindfully, consciously, and with attention to how our breath informs our every step? If sitting in a chair was a yoga pose, would we place our limbs with intention, keep our spine lifted and our gaze soft? … Continue reading If Walking Down the Street Was a Yoga Pose

I Don’t Want to Know What Kind of Yoga You Practice

I don’t want to know if you feel strong after yoga. I want to know if you feel softened, receptive, and open to grace. I don’t want to know if you can touch your toes. I want to know if you can touch your heart, my heart and the world with your truth. I don’t … Continue reading I Don’t Want to Know What Kind of Yoga You Practice

4 Ways to Go Deeper in Yoga

I attended an amazing yoga teacher training a couple years ago. Among the many things I learned from it was this: A yoga teacher training may deepen your knowledge of yoga, but only you can deepen your practice of yoga. That deepening, sifting, observing, and growing happens subtly, over time, and often through your own … Continue reading 4 Ways to Go Deeper in Yoga

Tap into Your Life Force to Re-Energize

"A yogini is a professional of the interior landscape, an expert conservationist of the vital life force, Prana." -Tenzin Palmo Maha Prana, or the “great Prana,” is that vital life force. I think of it as my raw aliveness. Many of us first experience Maha Prana on our yoga mats. If you’ve ever been unable … Continue reading Tap into Your Life Force to Re-Energize

4 Bedtime Poses to Help You Sleep

30 percent of adults have symptoms of insomnia. 5,000 to 6,000 fatal crashes each year may be caused by drowsy drivers. Sleep disorders are associated with heart disease, stroke, diabetes, obesity, cancer and high blood pressure. At the end of the day our minds are often wired while our bodies are tight and fatigued. "Active relaxation" … Continue reading 4 Bedtime Poses to Help You Sleep

Yoga As An Undoing

I recently attended an evening yoga class at a small studio near me that holds classes outside on a large wooden deck. I practiced next to a large tree trunk that emerged through the deck and the ocean air reminded me to inhale fully. At the end of the class as I set up for … Continue reading Yoga As An Undoing

Navigating the Landscape of Limitation

My 6-month-old recently figured out how to roll. He can't get enough of it and rolls everywhere. It didn’t take him too long to start rolling into things, like the side of our blue couches. I would see him run into the couch and I’d think. Okay, now roll the other way! You’re not going to get … Continue reading Navigating the Landscape of Limitation

Our Practice Reveals What’s Already Perfect

I stand at the top of my yoga mat and take a moment to notice what’s already happening in my body. My upper back and shoulders are rounding forward and my head follows their lead. Tired, I think. I feel tired. The heels of my feet carry most of my weight and my arms hang … Continue reading Our Practice Reveals What’s Already Perfect