4 Ways to Train Your Yoga Teaching Voice

Your most important tool as a teacher of asana is not your body. It is your voice. Certainly, there are other essential pedagogical tools: clear demonstration, concise explanation, encouragement, a willingness to leave room for the words to be received,

Time to Unwind: A Bedtime Yin Yoga Sequence

Yin yoga is a deeply relaxing and restorative practice that works with the “yin” tissues of the body rather than the “yang” tissues targeted in a typical active yoga practice. Yin works with connective tissues like fascia, ligaments, tendons, and

Create an Individualized Yoga Practice for Osteoporosis

When a new student starts private yoga sessions, we usually ask many different questions about their current state: the functioning of various physiological systems, stress levels, sleep patterns, lifestyle, mental state, etc. Sometimes clients seem puzzled. They wonder, how is

Yoga Pose Primer: Revolved Camel Pose

Revolved Camel Pose shares many of the same benefits as traditional Camel Pose, and then some. This backbend mobilizes your lumbar spine, and the twisting aspect mobilizes your thoracic spine. The pose stretches the hip flexors and expands the chest.

A Balanced Life: The Key to Happiness

Work-life balance is just one aspect of a happy life. It’s not about spending equal time, but quality time in each area of your life. A balanced life requires self-discipline. You have to divvy up your time so you aren’t

Sustainable Yoga Practice for Healthy Aging

When I was younger, I occasionally attended yoga classes taught by people with stunning acrobatic skills. I would think, “That’s beautiful, but there’s just no way …” I started to secretly call those classes “Last Man Standing Yoga” because the

Energy and Calm: A Winter Yoga Sequence

Let’s be honest. Winter isn’t easy on our bodies, minds, and spirits. The holidays can leave us sluggish from too much rich food, our adrenaline depleted from packed schedules, and though there’s much joy in the air, we grieve those

3 Steps to Contentment

I was talking to a loved one yesterday, a woman who, from an outside point of view, has everything. She has an incredible house with a swimming pool, a wonderful husband, two smart, beautiful, and good-hearted children, and a life

5 Ways My Gratitude Journal Has Made Life More Fulfilling

Have you ever tried to keep a daily gratitude journal? How long did you last? I’ve tried to keep one many times in my life, and I have failed every time. The longest I’ve ever kept a journal was for

When the Nervous System Goes Haywire

Could Long COVID, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn's disease, and numerous other conditions be caused by the same underlying condition? In this article, we talk with the author and yoga therapist about dysautonomia, a dysfunction of the autonomic nervous

How Many Cervical Vertebrae Do You Have?

I recently received an email from a yoga teacher buddy asking how many vertebrae we have in our spines, specifically how many cervical vertebrae. “Is it seven or eight?” This may clear things up. How Many Cervical Vertebrae Do We

Recovering From Breast Cancer

One of the most common side effects of undergoing cancer treatment is fatigue. Treatments such as radiation and chemotherapy can sap your energy. Similarly, the emotional upheaval of being diagnosed with cancer and receiving treatment can be draining. Patients often

Do You Have Joint Hypermobility?

Generalized joint laxity (loose joints throughout the body) is fairly common in between 20 and 30 percent of the population. This joint hypermobility can occur without a systemic disease that affects connective tissues, like Ehlers-Danlos syndrome or Marfan syndrome. While

4 Yoga Poses to Build Hip Stability and Balance

Falls are a very real issue for so many. As we age, balance declines along with some muscle strength. This terrible combination can create a recipe for disaster, leaving many vulnerable to severe and debilitating falls. But, like most things

Your Diaphragm: The Key to Healthy Breathing

All muscles have their purpose, but few are critical for survival. One muscle you can’t live without is your diaphragm. Shaped like an umbrella at rest, your diaphragm flattens as it contracts, pulling air into your lungs so you can

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