Yoga Pose Primer: Parvrtta Trikonasana (Revolved Triangle Pose)

If I had to pick the most complicated asana in the canon of common poses, Parvrtta Trikonasana (Revolved Triangle Pose) would be among the top few. Parvrtta Trikonasana is a balance pose, a spinal rotation, a forward bend, and even

Tom Myers - Fascia as a System of Biomechanical Auto-Regulation

I am so over the word ‘fascia’. I have touted it for 40 years – I was even called the ‘Father of Fascia’ the other day in New York (it was meant kindly, but…) — now that ‘fascia’ has become

Stand Tall: 11 Yoga Poses to Improve Posture

This sequence is designed to help you improve your posture, especially if you tend to slump forward. Because this is a rather long practice, feel free to shorten it by only doing the dynamic versions of yoga poses that offer

Resilience Whole Body Yoga Practice

Many years ago I used to have a remarkable student who came to my classes twice a week. He was a blind man who taught ballroom dancing. He was a firm believer in conscious mindful movement. One of the expressions

Yoga Anatomy: 3 Steps to Helping Hyperextended Knees in Trikonasana

Step #1. Isolate the Hamstrings We are sometimes instructed to “hug the thigh bone” in a yoga class. This is an example of co-activation. You can use a series of cues that isolate the different muscles surrounding a bone in

Can Yoga Treat IBS Symptoms? Studies Show Yoga May Offer IBS Relief

People who deal with high levels of stress are often plagued by abdominal pain, constipation and/or diarrhea, bloating, and changes in stool appearance. These unpleasant symptoms may be signs of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Stress and psychological disorders may instigate the

Yoga Practice for Your Life: Being Flexible—Not Just Bendy

When I first met her, my yoga student “Dana” was into endurance sports. Each summer she’d take a break from yoga to train for a triathlon. She loved the outdoors and spent her weekends in Vancouver’s surrounding mountains, hiking, kayaking,

The Benefits of Twists: 5 Great Twisting Yoga Postures for a More Resilient Low Back

Twists don’t have to tie you up in knots! In this blog post, I’ll review the anatomy of twists, discuss the dangers that people fear from twists (and the scientific literature around that danger), and suggest five twists that can

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

Take Time to Replenish: 5 Self-Care Strategies for Stressful Times

Over the past 22 years, I’ve read hundreds of books on mind-body health. I’ve spent thousands of hours and thousands of dollars studying with some of the best yoga teachers, happiness educators, and new thought spiritual leaders in the world today. They all share one message

The Opposite of Sitting: A Quick Yoga Sequence to Reverse the Effects of Sitting Too Much

Sitting is the new smoking. We’ve all heard it before. Yet, few of us take heed of this foreboding notion. Excessive sitting can wreak havoc on our bodies. From overly tight hips to dangerously weak gluteal muscles to chronic back

Yoga for Healthy Aging: Study of Twins Shows that Muscle Fitness Predicts Better Cognitive Functioning

“Leg power predicts both cognitive aging and global brain structure, despite controlling for common genetics and early life environment shared by twins. Interventions targeted to improve leg power in the long term may help reach a universal goal of healthy

Stuffed Peppers with Quinoa and Black Beans

An easy-to-make dish that is filling and versatile. Packed with plant-protein, fiber and lots of flavor, this colorful combination makes the perfect meal when you’re short on time but need something hearty and satisfying in a hurry! * Serves 4-6 Ingredients

Teaching Yoga: The Wisdom of Not Knowing

This morning a student asked me what should have been a simple question: What should I be feeling in this position? A minute or so later, I’d given her the best non-answer I could. Why a non-answer? First, I’m not

Restorative Yoga: A Sequence to Build and Maintain Resilience

Life is hard. Each day work, family, finances and so much more can take a toll on both our physical and mental well being. Yet it’s during these most trying times that we need to get still and be quiet.