Ringing in the New Year: The Great Bell Chant

May the sound of this Great Bell Chant penetrate deep into the cosmos, and herald in a New Year, free from all suffering.  Enjoy this beautiful and timeless video paying homage to our awe-inspiring planet and all the wonderful beings sharing it. A

Report Endorses Insurance Coverage for Yoga/Mindfulness for Chronic Back Pain

Will the future of back pain treatment involve practices like yoga and meditation? While this may seem like a pipe dream, a recent comprehensive report reviewing the current research and its impact brings us one step closer to this reality.

Playtime Yoga: Teaching Yoga to Toddlers

As a teacher of “Toddler and Me Yoga,” a class designed for children aged 12 to 36 months, I’m often asked, “How can you possibly expect to teach yoga for that age range?” The questions usually continue with, “Aren’t they

Rest with a Twist: Melt Away Stress and Ease Back Pain with this Simple Restorative Pose

What does stress feel like? When you’re too busy, overwhelmed, and running yourself ragged, do you notice that your muscles feel tense? Do your shoulders shrug up towards your ears? Maybe the muscles in your back become rigid and knotted,

Yoga, Osteoporosis & Vertebral Fracture Risk: Pros & Cons of Twisting Yoga Postures

Osteoporotic fractures become a significant health concern as people get older. In fact, the risk of incurring an osteoporotic fracture of the hip or wrist as well as vertebral fractures is on par with the risk for cardiovascular disease. Many

The Yoga of Eating: 12 Tips to Avoid the Holiday Bulge

The holidays are often a time of excess for everyone--even those with an otherwise healthy yoga lifestyle. Come January, it's little surprise that most New Year's resolutions have something to do with dieting or losing weight. However, instead of signing

The Season of Giving - How to Keep the Spirit of Generosity All Year Long

One of my clearest, most nostalgic memories from growing up is that of the excitement of Christmas morning. Our parents would round up my two sisters and me so that we could all converge on the living room simultaneously, run

Around your Core in 4 Minutes: A Quick Core Sequence

I want to share one of my favorite core workouts. I use this at the end of yoga practice to integrate the shoulders, core and lower extremities. Let’s get right into it!  ( Figure 1: The "Around Your Core" sequence.)

The 3 Pillars of Health: The Importance of Sleep and How Yoga Can Help Restore Healthy Sleep Patterns

According to Ayurvedic philosophy, sleep is one of three pillars that endow the body with strength, vigor and healthy growth, which can continue throughout the full span of life. Good-quality sleep is a panacea for a vital health span, your

Change Your Mind: Putting the Wisdom of Yoga into Practice

What a difference there is between reading a bunch of wise words in an ancient yoga text—or any book for that matter—and actually living wisely! Many years ago, when I was suffering from stress-related anxiety, a new therapist said to

Yoga for Holiday Stress: A Sequence for the Road

The holidays—joyful times with family, treasured traditions, and nostalgic experiences by the boatload. And oh yes, family tensions, that holiday song you can’t bear to hear one more time, and food at a richness and quantity that leaves you with indigestion

Create a Potent Yoga Practice for Every Individual: The Art and Science of Sequencing

I remember hating Latin in college. Unfortunately, it was required for my degree, so I had to endure. For example, translating a Latin sentence takes a lot of work because there is quite a bit of flexibility in word placement;

Yoga for Better Sleep: 7 Insomnia-Busters You Can Do in Bed

Did I say “in bed?” Yep. It’s normally not a good idea to fall asleep when you are doing yoga. You can overstretch your muscles if you fall asleep in a restorative pose, and if you’re practicing conscious relaxation, well,

White Bean Vegetarian Chili

Who doesn’t love a bowl of piping hot chili? When it’s made with fresh with nutrient-rich ingredients, it’s a no-brainer! Prepare the beans in advance, then cook up a pot of this warming chili in no time. Serve with a

Take a Yoga Break! Nourish Body and Mind with Supported Viparita Karani (Legs Up the Wall Pose)

It’s the season of short days, long nights and monumental to-do lists. Potlucks, concerts, parties and gift buying take us out of our usual routines. Normal activities often take a back seat. At a time when our schedules are stuffed

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