Yoga Anatomy Language Part 3

In this post, I’m getting back to some anatomy terminology! This will be the third and final part of my anatomy language series. Please check out Yoga Anatomy Language: Part I and Yoga Anatomy Language: Part 2 if you missed

Yoga’s 7 Yajnas: A Framework for Healthy Relationships

Relationships can be complicated. Especially for an anxious person. As an anxious person, relationships were always hard for me. I’d vacillate between isolation and enmeshment. Both ends of the spectrum were motivated by intense worry about what other people thought

Healthy Practice: 9 Tips for Staying Safe in Yoga Class

No one can completely guarantee you’ll never hurt yourself while doing yoga. After all, no physical activity is risk-free. You could hurt yourself walking your dog, taking care of your garden, or even just sitting at your desk. But there

Thanksgiving Gratitude: 5 Ways to Bring Yoga Philosophy to the Table

There is no question that this year has been trying. Between a global pandemic, tumultuous politics, and everything in between, 2020 has put our yoga practice to the test. This year, likely more than ever before, we’ve faced one challenge

Grounding and Releasing: A Yoga Sequence for Grief

Grief—the loss of a loved one, our full health, a relationship, a job, or a pet. We all experience it at some point. We miss what was and fear the future without it. Sometimes lack of closure or unanswered questions

Quick, Cozy Comfort Food: Spaghetti Squash with Spinach and Feta

Confession time: Squash isn’t my favorite thing, whether it’s a summer or winter variety. (Have I said that already? Probably that last time I wrote a post about squash.) But you know, I’m warming up to it. Especially now that

Yoga Anatomy Language: Part 2

In my first article, we reviewed the starting point of anatomy with anatomical position. If you missed it, you can read Yoga Anatomy Language: Part I here. From here we can move on to naming some major movements. In this

A Blueprint for Learning Anatomy for Yoga Teaching

When budding yoga teachers try to learn anatomy as part of their training, often what they experience is a feeling of overwhelm. Even for those that have a background in science, applying anatomy to yoga is a unique exercise, one

Yoga Practice Tips: Spine-Healthy Forward Bends

Forward bends are asana staples. Actively lengthening the hamstrings and muscles of the hips helps counteract one of the unhealthy effects of excessive sitting. Forward bending is inherently calming, as long as we approach it with an attitude of ease

5 Strength Building Yoga Poses to Create Stability

We hear about flexibility a lot in yoga. Many people who have never practiced yoga say that they cannot practice because they can’t even touch their toes. A quick scroll through a yoga hashtag on Instagram will show endless postures

Yoga Anatomy Language: Part 1

I find that many times it is not the actual anatomy that is hard to understand. What’s difficult is dealing with all of the terminology. It is its very own language. I always joke with my students that we use

Research Suggests a Link Between Diet and Behavior

Food has been linked to a host of mood disorders. But did you know an ultra-processed, nutrient-poor diet is also linked to changes in behavior and even acts of violence? In fact, it might be partly responsible for the growing

The Power of Sleep Part 2

In The Power of Sleep: Part 1, I discussed the detrimental effects of sleeping less than eight hours each night. Given the average person is now sleeping a mere 6.8 hours, this information is important to know. However, what then?

Empower Your Students: 5 Language Tips for Accessible Yoga Classes

I talk a lot, y’all. More than most yoga teachers, maybe. In my yoga classes, we spend time setting up expectations, discussing safety, and creating an environment of permission and personal agency. As yoga teachers, our words are among our

How to Eat Healthier and Happier: 10 Basic Principles of Intuitive Eating

Intuitive eating is a philosophy, and evidence-based approach to eating that makes you the expert of your own body, helping you get back in touch with your body’s natural signals around food. Developed by two dieticians, Evelyn Tribole and Elyse