Time To Check Your Body Clock!

You probably already know that your body goes through different cycles each and every day.  Our Circadian rhythm reflects our waking and sleeping cycles in conjunction with sunlight (shout out to the pineal gland in our post about the endocrine system!).  Women are aware of their menstrual cycles (as well as men in committed relationships, … Continue reading Time To Check Your Body Clock!

Winter Is Coming: Game of Thrones & Climate Change

‘Winter is coming.’   The Stark family’s mantra foreshadows the biggest threat in Westeros.  Intentionally or not it serves as a warning for you and me, for all the inhabitants of this spinning supporter of life we call Earth.  The Game of Thrones series can be viewed as an allegory for the challenges facing man … Continue reading Winter Is Coming: Game of Thrones & Climate Change

Control your tongue to calm your mind for meditation.

Your Tongue Can Calm Your Mind & Release Tension

When you were a kid I bet you stuck your tongue out all the time; taunting your friends or expressing your disgust at the thought of eating your least favorite vegetables.  As we get older and adhere to social norms our tongue rarely leave its home within the confines of our mouths, yet it is … Continue reading Your Tongue Can Calm Your Mind & Release Tension

Pandiculation: Simple Movements Can Reduce Muscle Tension

Have you ever wondered why dogs always stretch after waking? Or why you often stretch your arms overhead and yawn upon waking up?  The answer has a name you may have never heard before: pandiculation. Pandiculation is the way in which our bodies prepare for movement by establishing the connection between our motor and sensory … Continue reading Pandiculation: Simple Movements Can Reduce Muscle Tension

Is Your Yoga Practice Affected By Labeling?

Yoga asanas are often categorized into 'bends' and 'folds'.  Backbends, sidebends, forward folds, you get the idea. If we change the vernacular for the type of pose we are coming into can we change our experience in the pose altogether?  It's an interesting question that I've been playing around with in my practice and classes … Continue reading Is Your Yoga Practice Affected By Labeling?

The syllables in the vibration of Om

The Natural Vibration of OM

Om is considered one of the most powerful sounds in the universe.  Many yoga classes start and end with this sound.  Yet many people avoid joining in this collective vibration because they believe it has a religious connotation, that by vocalizing this sound they are engaging in a religious act.  That's not the case, although … Continue reading The Natural Vibration of OM

Yoga To Heal A Torn Rotator Cuff

A torn rotator cuff equals a trip to the surgeon and thousands of dollars, right?  Not so fast!  It is possible to use yoga as a tool for recruiting the help of our healthy muscles to take over for the injured muscle, allowing us to maintain our range of motion.  We can use yoga to … Continue reading Yoga To Heal A Torn Rotator Cuff

Lotus and protecting your knees

Lotus And Your Knees: What You Need To Know

Lotus pose causes more injuries in yoga asana than any other posture.  Understanding the way your knees are designed to function can help you to come into this pose more safely or decide if lotus is suitable for your unique body. Last post we investigated how bending the knees unlinks the myofascia along the back … Continue reading Lotus And Your Knees: What You Need To Know