Ringing in the New Year: The Great Bell Chant

May the sound of this Great Bell Chant penetrate deep into the cosmos, and herald in a New Year, free from all suffering.  Enjoy this beautiful and timeless video paying homage to our awe-inspiring planet and all the wonderful beings sharing it. A

Report Endorses Insurance Coverage for Yoga/Mindfulness for Chronic Back Pain

Will the future of back pain treatment involve practices like yoga and meditation? While this may seem like a pipe dream, a recent comprehensive report reviewing the current research and its impact brings us one step closer to this reality.

Playtime Yoga: Teaching Yoga to Toddlers

As a teacher of “Toddler and Me Yoga,” a class designed for children aged 12 to 36 months, I’m often asked, “How can you possibly expect to teach yoga for that age range?” The questions usually continue with, “Aren’t they

The Season of Giving - How to Keep the Spirit of Generosity All Year Long

One of my clearest, most nostalgic memories from growing up is that of the excitement of Christmas morning. Our parents would round up my two sisters and me so that we could all converge on the living room simultaneously, run

Around your Core in 4 Minutes: A Quick Core Sequence

I want to share one of my favorite core workouts. I use this at the end of yoga practice to integrate the shoulders, core and lower extremities. Let’s get right into it!  ( Figure 1: The "Around Your Core" sequence.)

The 3 Pillars of Health: The Importance of Sleep and How Yoga Can Help Restore Healthy Sleep Patterns

According to Ayurvedic philosophy, sleep is one of three pillars that endow the body with strength, vigor and healthy growth, which can continue throughout the full span of life. Good-quality sleep is a panacea for a vital health span, your

Change Your Mind: Putting the Wisdom of Yoga into Practice

What a difference there is between reading a bunch of wise words in an ancient yoga text—or any book for that matter—and actually living wisely! Many years ago, when I was suffering from stress-related anxiety, a new therapist said to

Yoga for Holiday Stress: A Sequence for the Road

The holidays—joyful times with family, treasured traditions, and nostalgic experiences by the boatload. And oh yes, family tensions, that holiday song you can’t bear to hear one more time, and food at a richness and quantity that leaves you with indigestion

Create a Potent Yoga Practice for Every Individual: The Art and Science of Sequencing

I remember hating Latin in college. Unfortunately, it was required for my degree, so I had to endure. For example, translating a Latin sentence takes a lot of work because there is quite a bit of flexibility in word placement;

Yoga for Better Sleep: 7 Insomnia-Busters You Can Do in Bed

Did I say “in bed?” Yep. It’s normally not a good idea to fall asleep when you are doing yoga. You can overstretch your muscles if you fall asleep in a restorative pose, and if you’re practicing conscious relaxation, well,

White Bean Vegetarian Chili

Who doesn’t love a bowl of piping hot chili? When it’s made with fresh with nutrient-rich ingredients, it’s a no-brainer! Prepare the beans in advance, then cook up a pot of this warming chili in no time. Serve with a

Take a Yoga Break! Nourish Body and Mind with Supported Viparita Karani (Legs Up the Wall Pose)

It’s the season of short days, long nights and monumental to-do lists. Potlucks, concerts, parties and gift buying take us out of our usual routines. Normal activities often take a back seat. At a time when our schedules are stuffed

Yoga for Beginners: Healthy Backbend Prep - Free Online Yoga Video

Backbending is a wonderful and energizing element in most yoga classes. These yoga poses take some preparation to get into, and require a lot of subtle actions to do correctly and safely. This simple sequence is meant as a safe

Judith Hanson Lasater: 5 Tips for Developing a Regular Home Yoga Practice

We recently sat down with Judith Hansen Lasater who shared some powerful insights with us about why it’s hard for so many of us to maintain a consistent home yoga practice. Judith shared that she doesn’t believe (as so many

Good Digestion, Good Health: 12 Ayurvedic Tips for Better Digestion

A lot of us really care about what we eat. We buy organic, avoid GMOs, boost our antioxidants, and evaluate glycemic indexes—all factors relating to the quality of the food entering our bodies. Props to us for doing our research