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?

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

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

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

The circulatory system

The Circulatory System: Feel It Course Through Your Veins

Yes, exercise is the catalyst. That's what makes everything happen: your digestion, your elimination, your sex life, your skin, hair, everything about you depends on circulation. And how do you increase circulation? -- Jack LaLanne Let's take a look at the body's mechanism for moving blood and oxygen: the circulatory system. The circulatory system is … Continue reading The Circulatory System: Feel It Course Through Your Veins

The Basics of Breathing

  “Breathing in, I calm body and mind. Breathing out, I smile. Dwelling in the present moment I know this is the only moment.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh, Being Peace In yoga everything begins with the breath. We initiate each movement with an inhalation or exhalation and are constantly reminded by our teachers to take our awareness … Continue reading The Basics of Breathing