From the origins of yoga to the meditative state some people achieve, there are a quite a few reasons people believe practicing yoga goes against their religious beliefs. In an effort to practice religious tolerance, I am not a believer in telling people whether or not yoga is against their religion. Instead, I like to promote lively, thought-provoking discussions surrounding yoga and religion. Continue reading
You get your exercise in (as often as you can) and you eat well (most of the time), but you’re still not seeing the results you’re hoping for. While there could be a plethora of reasons for this, the first thing you should do is take a look at how much sleep you’re getting. In fact, did you know that along with exercise and diet, sleep is considered one of the three pillars of good health? It’s true! Which makes it that much more important to get in those zzz’s. Continue reading
As a student, nothing beats the feeling of falling into final rest after a really intense yoga practice. Even if the practice wasn’t THAT intense, final rest still feels great. Again, as a student, I usually want nothing more than to lay there for a long time (usually longer than the instructor thinks is adequate). Why? Because it’s relaxing. I get to soak up the benefits of my practice. (Read more about why students love final rest here.) Continue reading
Few things give you the same feeling as laying on your back after an hour of strenuous physical activity. At the end of each and every yoga practice, you get that sensation. We may not practice Warrior I or Bridge or Crow every class, but we certainly do make time for final rest. It’s during this time that we get to absorb the benefits from our practice. Continue reading
So here we are, nearly a month into the new year, and it’s time to check in with those goals you made for yourself as the year began. For some of us, those resolutions are simply a memory while other are still going strong. No matter where you are on your New Year’s resolution journey, here are a few things to think about. Continue reading
You’ve probably set goals before. Some of them were small and short term, and others were most likely bigger and took a bit longer to achieve. One of the best ways to find the right goal for you is to set a SMART goal. There are five parts to setting one, but the process is really easy.
SMART stands for specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time bound. Here’s a more in-depth look at what each one means, and how you can create your own SMART goal. Continue reading
From getting ready for work to dropping the kids off at school to putting in hours at the office before going home to make dinner, your day is pretty jam-packed. Oftentimes, with a busy schedule like that, it’s hard to de-stress, let alone fit in some “me” time.
There’s hope, though. You don’t need an hour – or even 10 minutes! – to start relieving tension. All you need is 1 minute or less. That’s not long at all! (Plus, if you have more than one minute, great! Use it to your advantage!) Here are two of my favorite breathing techniques for relieving stress. Continue reading
When it comes to setting resolutions for the new year, people have the tendency to go overboard. They want to go from zero to 60 in two seconds flat.
“I am never going to eat another piece of chocolate again.”
“I am going to workout every day for 3 hours.”
“I am never going to say another mean word.”
“I am going to lose 20 (or 50 or 100) pounds.”
Sound familiar? Continue reading
There’s just something about the cooler weather this time of year that makes us want to sit down in front of a roaring fire with a few close friends to chat and play games – and eat cookies and cake and other yummy treats. While we may be pretty good eaters rest of the year, this season can really throw us all for a loop. Continue reading
Whether you have big dreams of being able to do handstands wherever, whenever you want or your ambitions lie somewhere closer to relieving back or hip pain, everyone is different. And that’s ok! As you begin practicing yoga, ask yourself what your goal is. Do you have one?