Breathe Like a Jellyfish: Functional Breathing in Yoga

How functional is your breath? This was the exact question I asked myself in January 2002 when my blood pressure rose and my heart rate became rapid and irregular. My heart was in trouble and I knew it. I needed

Teaching Yoga to Seniors

Years ago I read an article titled “Yoga after 50” that made it sound as if older students practicing yoga is some sort of a novel idea. I couldn’t help but wonder: how did we manage to distort the yoga

Spiritual Wellbeing: What It’s All About

Isn’t it fascinating to consider the paradoxical nature of asana as a practice of spiritual wellbeing? We seek something beyond the body through the body, in the body, and using the body. I recently received an email from a new

5 Fun Ways to Spice Up Eagle Pose

Eagle Pose (Garudhasana) is a challenging standing balance posture. And while Eagle Pose is fun to practice in its own right, it can sometimes be even more fun to play with Eagle Pose variations. The next time you want to

Learn to Forgive, For Health and Happiness

“If one by one we counted people out for the least sin, it wouldn’t take us long to get so we had no one left to live with. For to be social is to be forgiving.” ~Robert Frost There are

6 Yoga Poses to Expand Your Heart

Have you ever been in a yoga class when someone (maybe you) experienced a spontaneous emotional event? Sometimes, especially in intensive workshop situations, a new physical opening may trigger an emotional opening. Certain yoga poses can create a sense of

How to Keep Commitments to Ourselves

It is easy to show up to appointments we make with other people. But I’ve noticed that most of us struggle with commitments to ourselves. If we say we’re going to exercise, meditate, write, journal, and work on a project,

The Chronic Pain of Our Healthcare System

Pretty much everywhere in the world, we’ve watched our healthcare systems struggle under the crushing weight of the pandemic. Sure, it’s important to applaud the heroic efforts of healthcare workers and cheer them on. But what they really need is

Book Review: Yoga for Times of Change

Yoga is a potent tool we can employ to accept and adapt to the changing circumstances in our lives. Today’s yoga includes ancient and modern techniques, enabling us to return to balance in the midst of change and uncertainty intrinsic

The Vagus Nerve and Eye Movements

It is often said that the eyes are a window to your soul. Indeed, your eyes provide great insight into how you are feeling. When we are stressed we tend to furrow our brows, contracting the muscles around our eyes

The Mind-Body Connection in Yoga

Many of the benefits of practicing yoga cannot be explained by modern Western science—especially the mystical aspects. Nevertheless, an advantage of approaching yoga scientifically is that we can often identify elements of the practice that produce a benefit. Then we

Surfboard Pose: Soothe Body and Mind

Surfboard Pose (Salamba Salabhasana or Supported Locust Pose) is a wonderful way to gently release the sacrum and lower back while relieving stiffness in the neck, upper back, and shoulders. Lying on the belly also allows us to let go

4 Steps to Boat Pose for Everyone

Boat Pose (Navasana) is a challenging posture that strongly activates your core, hip flexors, and legs. While the shape might look fairly simple to make, it really takes a lot of strength, as well as mobility, to be able to

5 Inspiring Stories of Self-Healing

We have an incredible ability to heal ourselves, beyond what science can currently explain. I am fascinated by stories of people who have found ways to cure themselves of incurable conditions. I’ll tell you about five of my favorite books

Fight Alzheimer's: Physical Exercise and Brain Health

It’s a very common myth these days that the best way to keep your brain healthy is to exercise it with mental exercises, you know, by learning a new language, doing crossword puzzles, and so on. But there is more