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
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
“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
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
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
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
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
The first few weeks and months after having my baby were not what I expected. Initially my body felt like it had been hit by a truck. I had a healthy pregnancy and delivery, but the impact of childbirth and the physical toll taking care of a newborn took on my body blew me away. When I attempted to resume my … Continue reading A Different Approach to Postpartum Yoga
My answer has changed over the years. In the beginning the answer was a formless, abstract, unintelligible lump in my throat during savasana that kept me coming back. Yoga was drawing up all the grief I’d been holding in that was dying to get out. I didn’t know how or why, but I knew the way … Continue reading Why Do You Do Yoga?
Meditation has been heralded as a great healer through the ages, and scientists are finally starting to understand why it works. One scientific study found that the relaxation response elicited through meditation, especially in long-term practitioners, is very effective at reducing stress disorders, such as hypertension, anxiety, insomnia, and aging. Meditation has also been described … Continue reading How Long Should You Meditate For?