Overcrowded Yoga Sucks

I dislike crowds. I’m sensitive to “personal space.” Arms length away from my neighbor is ideal. Energetically, that’s about the size of our aura. When people are crowding into me, energetically and physically, I feel crushed and agitated. This happens at malls, festivals, restaurants and overcrowded yoga classes. When I find myself in a class like that, in my … Read moreOvercrowded Yoga Sucks

New 2015 – 2020 Dietary Guidelines Just Released

The USDA just released new dietary guidelines for Americans. Their suggestions are based on the latest scientific research from top health organizations. The new guidelines promote disease prevention and better health through nutrition. The full report is available online. Or, read the summary below. Top 10 Things You Need to Know About the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans … Read moreNew 2015 – 2020 Dietary Guidelines Just Released

Watch Your Neck!

As I’ve grown an interest in Iyengar yoga, I’m paying more attention to alignment. I love Iyengar alignment cues offered in so many postures! However, I don’t suggest following all of the pictures in his book, Light on Yoga. According to Dr. Roger Cole, an Iyengar teacher, “Mr. Iyengar himself demonstrates the pose [Shoulder Stand] without shoulder … Read moreWatch Your Neck!

Reflections on 45

My birthday came again. Reflections on 45 started with 45 symphonic gong strikes, building luscious vibrations, one after the other, crescendos and reverberations. A wonderful, rich sound that ended too soon. It made me feel like life goes by quickly. Today, I attempted a 45-minute meditation. I planned to guide my mind through each year of my life. I started … Read moreReflections on 45

Injuries Reshape our Practice

As we get older, our metabolism slows down. It’s easier to gain weight. Current U.S. Guidelines suggest that healthy adults exercise five or more days a week. I’m trying to stay on top of things by exercising six days a week– a mix of flow yoga, biking and swimming. I’ve been practicing yoga for over 14 years and … Read moreInjuries Reshape our Practice

Why Savasana Is Important to Our Yoga Practice

Savasana is important to your yoga practice. It’s the punctuation at the end of the sentence. Without a full-length Savasana, we’re missing an opportunity to improve our state-of-being. Yes, physical exercises and breath work are excellent for our physical health, but without a full-length savasana at the end, what have we done for our mind? Ideally, we … Read moreWhy Savasana Is Important to Our Yoga Practice

Stuck in Our Routines

We can become stuck in our routines. Yes, routines are good to reinforce good habits, but sometimes we need to add perspective. I’m thankful for this opportunity. This summer, in addition to teaching yoga and taking classes with my favorite local teachers, I’m adding new experiences– one new studio per week. It is a powerful pleasure to arrive in another yoga … Read moreStuck in Our Routines