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!

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

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?

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

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

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.

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