Yoga in 30 Seconds: Stress Reduction

Stress reduction is often cited as one of the big benefits of yoga and for good reason. Quality time on the mat is a great way to recognize and release stress-related chronic contraction, tightness, and muscular holding patterns. A breath-based asana practice can increase circulation, release tension, and calm the mind. But what if you are stuck at your desk …

Featured Sequence: Seva

This time of year is a perfect time to explore a form of yoga other than Hatha. Many people think that Hatha is a style of yoga, but the term actually refers to any practice that combines asana (the postures) with pranayama (applied breathing techniques). This practice comes the form known as Seva Yoga, also called Karma Yoga. It takes place off-the-mat. …

Yoga Off The Mat: A Walking Feast for the Senses

Some of you have experienced walking meditation in the studio with me. With eyes softly open to avoid collisions, we focus our awareness on the sensations coming through the soles of our feet. We move through space consciously, choosing not to pay attention to external sights and sounds. This meditation offers a completely different approach that beautifully serves the intention …

A Go-To Practice for Calming the Back

If you have acute pain, the first line of action is to check in with your health care provider, clear up inflammation and find a comfortable resting position. When you are ready to move again EASY DOES IT! Take your time and listen to your body. And it bears repeating: Initiate all movement on your breath. (Click image to enlarge.)

Yoga in 30 Seconds: Insomnia Edition

Worrying about not sleeping may actually be more harmful than not sleeping. While chronic insomnia is a matter for discussion with your doctor, the sleep specialists at the Mayo Clinic say that one night of missed sleep here and there will not be ruinous to your health. Instead of fretting, which can raise stress hormone levels, try lying quietly and …

Yoga in 30 Seconds: Hot Water Cleanse

Starting the day with a cup of clear, hot water that’s been boiled jump starts digestion and elimination. Boiling makes it easy to absorb. Feel bloated? Repeat throughout the day.