Viparita Karani: Your Step-by-Step Guide to Legs Up the Wall Pose

Legs Up the Wall, or Viparita Karani, is one of the most soothing and relaxing postures from the yogic repertoire. This simple inversion utilizes a wall to stretch your legs up on to allow gravity to slowly and gently assist

Can Frog Pose (Mandukasana) Really Help with Digestion and Relieve Constipation?

If you've ever experienced digestive issues, you know how uncomfortable and frustrating they can be. Luckily, yoga offers a wide range of poses that can help alleviate these issues, including Frog Pose (or Mandukasana in Sanskrit). In this article, we'll

Why We Get Shorter As We Age: How Manual Therapy and Yoga Stretches Can Help You Stand Tall

The intervertebral discs are responsible for 25 percent of our spine’s overall length. Since the average adult spine measures 24 to 28 inches, the intervertebral discs account for six to seven inches. The water-filled, gel-like nucleus pulposus and annulus fibrosis

Yoga and Wellness Matters in Epigenetics - 6 Ways to Reprogram Your Fate

Knowing your genetic propensity for a certain disease may be powerful information, but the results don’t seal your fate. Last year, I sent a tube of my saliva off to learn more about my risk for diseases (and potentially connect

4 Ways Yoga Affects Your Breast Health

While for skeptics, it might seem like yoga for breast health are two phrases that don’t really belong in the same sentence, for those more attuned to yoga's subtleties, it likely makes perfect sense. Yoga can actually affect breast health

Yoga 2.0-Create Spaciousness in the Hips with Bound Angle Pose

Baddha Konasana, or Bound Angle Pose, is a seated “hip opener” that requires deep external rotation in the hips. While it may seem easy to some, most people don’t actually have that range of motion readily available within the hip

3 Somatic Exercises for Healthy Posture

You can create healthy posture by using the somatics exercises I share below. But first, please realize that healthy posture is not a consequence of forcing your body to sit, stand or walk tall, upright, or even aligned. You can

Yoga Means Taking Responsibility for Your Actions—and Your Life

We are the only ones responsible for what goes on in our lives. We can make excuses and blame others, but we are responsible to and for ourselves. - Iyanla Vanzant  Iyanla Vanzant’s quote echoes and reinforces this one from

Is It Time for a Paradigm Shift in Yoga Teaching: Teaching Opportunities in the Wellness Revolution with Julie Gudmestad

According to the latest Yoga in America survey, about 80 million people say they want to start yoga. However, will they be able to start yoga as it is currently taught in most studios? In a recent talk with YogaUOnline,

5 Ways to Keep Your Students Engaged When You Teach Yoga

Most students have an insatiable hunger for practice when they first start their yoga journey. But some may fall prey to the repetition that most asana practices seem to have after some time. It’s natural for these students to become

Yoga Research: Exploring the Link Between Bone Density and Dementia

It’s no secret that yoga can profoundly impact our physical and mental well-being. While yoga is often associated with improving flexibility and reducing stress, recent research has unveiled a fascinating connection between bone density and dementia. This article will explore

How Yoga Heals: A Balm for Stressful Times with Judith Hanson Lasater

Earlier interventions, better medications, and technological advances have made acute and episodic illnesses–think heart attack and stroke–far more survivable than in years past. That’s the good news. The bad news is that we don’t necessarily seem to be getting healthier

Breathe Easy: Yoga for Respiratory Health

If the past few pandemic-ridden years have taught us nothing else, it’s how vital our respiratory health is. As we get older, it becomes even more so because we are more vulnerable to respiratory illnesses due to changes in the

Navasana at the Wall: Yoga for Safe and Sound Core Strengthening

Navasana (Boat Pose) is a challenging yoga pose that cultivates a deep connection with your core. It simultaneously strengthens several core muscle groups: abdominals, hip flexors, adductors (inner thighs), and spinal muscles. Core Muscles and Navasana The abdominal muscles (particularly

This Crescent Lunge Variation Will Effectively Stretch Your Hip Flexors

Crescent Lunge is a common posture that shows up in many different styles of yoga, but it can be a challenging position for many. However, it offers incredible benefits, so it’s not one that you necessarily want to just skip.