Yoga And Your Knees: Bend Them If You Please

While leading yoga teacher trainings in Goa I sometimes feel like a broken record saying 'Maintain a microbend in your knees' or 'bend your knees as much as necessary'. Yet these cues are always pertinent, especially when we understand how the fascia around the knee functions. Oftentimes when coming into a forward fold or standing … Continue reading Yoga And Your Knees: Bend Them If You Please

Thai yoga massage

An Introduction To Thai Yoga Massage

What is thai yoga massage?  It's a lot more than having your body walked on or being twisted and contorted into different positions.  In fact it is very peaceful and relaxing in its essence, a sacred meditative dance with an ever-expanding story line between the giver and receiver. The name thai massage is actually a … Continue reading An Introduction To Thai Yoga Massage

Movement Is A Joint Effort: A Look At Synovial Joints

A breakdown of the 6 types of synovial joints, the structure of joints, and common joint related issues and how it all applies to yoga and everyday life.

sex and yoga

Time On Your Yoga Mat Can Lead To A Better Time In Bed

Yoga can improve your sex life, both physically and by creating a deeper connection with your partner. It can lead to more powerful orgasms, increase our awareness of our bodies, reduce stress for better circulation to sexual organs, and help transform the physical act of making love into something more energetic and spiritual.

Backbends and Your Bum: To Squeeze or Not to Squeeze

The glutes are made up of three muscles...and, like silverware, each of these muscles works towards a similar goal but functions slightly differently. -- Rachel Hector To squeeze your bum or not to squeeze your bum in backbends? A very common question without a one-size-fits-all answer. The answer, as in most things pertaining to your … Continue reading Backbends and Your Bum: To Squeeze or Not to Squeeze

Pain versus discomfort

Discomfort vs. Pain: An Approach to Sensation

Even discomfort or pain delivers awareness of life, and an opportunity for gratitude. -- Bryant McGill The common adage 'No pain no gain' has no place on the yoga mat. We've all heard our teachers implore for us to back off if we experience any pain in a pose. We should always try to practice … Continue reading Discomfort vs. Pain: An Approach to Sensation

Connecting With Your Connective Tissue

But the truth is, all life is one life. There is only one game in progress. There is one race, many different shades...Truth is truth. If you hurt someone, you hurt self. If you help someone, you help self. Blood and bone is in all people. It's the heart and intent that is different...It is … Continue reading Connecting With Your Connective Tissue

The nervous system

Balancing the Branches of Your Nervous System

There is no fixed physical reality, no single perception of the world, just numerous ways of interpreting world views as dictated by one's nervous system and the specific environment of our planetary existence. -- Deepak Chopra Our nervous system is constantly changing in response to our interaction with our environment. When that environment is our … Continue reading Balancing the Branches of Your Nervous System

Those Raging Hormones: Yoga and the Endocrine System

Love is indeed, at root, the product of the firings of neurons and the release of hormones. -- Julian Baginni We've all heard the expression that someone has 'raging hormones'. And we've all had the experience of feeling a bit out of character, imbalanced in someway, going a little crazy. (Especially during puberty when those new … Continue reading Those Raging Hormones: Yoga and the Endocrine System