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

Recommended Physical Fitness Plan for Healthy Adults

Are you ready to start a new fitness plan? Great! Here are the latest guidelines from the American College of Sports Medicine. Each week, healthy adults need this mix of activities to reach and maintain physical fitness. Are you getting enough? Aerobic Exercise: 30-60 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise (five days per week) or 20-60 minutes of … Read moreRecommended Physical Fitness Plan for Healthy Adults

What is a Gong Bath?

The symphonic gong is an awesome instrument, capable of producing deep bellows and shimmering crashes. Not only do the tones flow through our ears, the sound waves wash over our bodies, bathing our cells in healing vibrations. Try it with your headphones on. What is your experience?

How Much Activity Do Adults Need?

Full Boat Pose
Full Boat Pose

Are you getting enough? The CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) recommends a weekly cardiovascular & strengthening plan for healthy adults:

  • 150-300 minutes of moderate (or 75-150 minutes of vigorous) intensity cardiovascular exercise
  • 2+ days of full body strength training.

Report: How Much Activity Do Adults Need?

Video: Moderate vs. Vigorous Intensity Activities

Additionally, the American College of Sports Medicine says regular flexibility exercises are “crucial to maintaining joint range of movement.” ACSM recommends stretching each of the major muscle groups at least two times a week for 60 seconds per exercise.

You could get all the stretching and strength training you need in two or more hatha or flow yoga classes a week. Add that to your favorite cardiovascular activities and you’ve got a balanced program.

Why do you want to hold my ankles in wheel pose?

Last week, a yoga student asked if he could hold my ankles for his Wheel pose. This was a first for me, but I said yes. Let’s see how it goes. I stood at the top of his mat, facing him. He clutched my ankles and hoisted himself up, chest expanding, arms strong. He closed … Read moreWhy do you want to hold my ankles in wheel pose?