Learn All About the Relaxation Response and How Restorative Yoga Can Initiate It

The relaxation response is a magical moment in the body’s nervous system when we make the switch from our sympathetic response to a parasympathetic one. While that doesn’t sound like much, the implications of this can be truly profound and

Yoga for Healthy Aging: 4 Basic Skills

I recently realized that I think about yoga for healthy aging every single day. This is not just because I’m the Editor-in-Chief of a blog with that name; it’s because this is my life. Many of the decisions I make

Stabilize Your Core: 6 Side Plank Variations

Side Plank Pose (Vasisthasana) is a good strengthening pose for so many reasons. Improving core strength requires strengthening from all sides of your core, front, back and sides. Because Side Plank recruits the oblique abdominal muscles to help stabilize your

Relax Your Facial Muscles to Relieve Stress

If you’ve ever watched the TV show “Lie To Me,” you know that people automatically express their emotions through their facial expressions, whether they want to or not. Our nervous system is hardwired to contract our mimetic muscles (facial muscles)

Short Yoga Practice for Long Car Trips

Personally, I cannot drive or ride in a car for more than a couple of hours without my body telling me, “OK, time to get out!” So you’ll see me walking, stretching, and breathing at rest stops all over the

Balance and Awareness: Yoga to Ease Scoliosis Symptoms

A name for the human torso is the “trunk,” because, in the majority of people, it resembles the straight, strong trunk of a tree. Yet for those with scoliosis, the spine is more like the trunk of a tree on

Why Your Yoga Students Need You

A few months ago, I had a conversation with a yoga teacher (I’ll call her Kay) who told me she was seriously thinking about throwing in the towel and getting a “real” job. She said that during COVID her students

Do You Shortchange Your Savasana?

Decades ago I attended an early morning—6:00 to 7:00 am—asana class for a few months. While I’m not a natural morning person, I attended the class because it was one of only three each week that my favorite teachers offered.

Improve Your Agility with Yoga Practice

Agility is the ability to move easily through a series of positions while you stay balanced and in control. Everyday situations that require agility include getting in and out of a car (especially the back seat of a two-door!) and

Seek Your Source: Sahasrara (Crown Chakra)

This is part 8 in my series on the chakras. The last post focused on Ajna (Third Eye) Chakra and how we journey toward wisdom. This post will explore Sahasrara (Crown) Chakra. Sahasrara translates as “union” and is often referred to as

6 Yoga Practices to Relieve Menopause Symptoms

I grew up hearing stories from my older aunts about “the change” and how horrible it was. I remember them sharing night sweats and mood swings horror stories, all while my older uncles would make jokes about what their wives

Enhance Your Yoga Practice: The Many Benefits and Uses of Yoga Props

I hope you’re sitting down for this, although if you’re sitting in a chair instead of on the floor, you’re already using a prop. Most yoga teachers and practitioners believe that using yoga props makes yoga easier, and some consider

5 Yoga Practices for Healthy Digestion

Our digestive systems are in charge of breaking down food into its basic components, which are then absorbed into the blood and transported throughout the entire body. Food is the main source of energy that enables our bodies to form

8 Creative Ways to Practice Savasana

The purpose of Relaxation Pose (Savasana) is to enable you to rest completely, both physically and mentally. So that’s why the position you take when you practice it should be comfortable, as symmetrical as possible, and relaxing. And ideally, this

Yoga Teachers: Are You Practicing With Your Students?

As a yoga teacher, I’m constantly looking for more tools to add to my teaching repertoire because each student learns differently. Cues, visual demonstrations, and prop setups aren’t universal. Visual demonstrations, which can come in the form of demos or