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100 Trailblazers in Ayurveda and Yoga

By Bess O'Connor, Kathryn Drury Wagner, and the Editors ofIf you’ve ever been to a candlelight service, you know how the magic works: A glow starts small and gets passed, from pers…

4 Better Ways to Breathe

Techniques for becoming more aware of your breathing patterns.

4 Steps to A Committed Yoga Practice

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5 Questions for Seane Corn

Acclaimed yoga teacher and activist shares her strategy for staying connected to her practice.

5 Reasons Not to Meditate

I’ll be honest: I’ve never liked meditating. I’ve dabbled in it, and forced myself to sit for 30 day meditation challenges, and it was boring and hard. Plus life is so busy: Five m…

5 Stories to Explore Fun and Creative Mindful Movement

Moving mindfully is known to increase wellness and mental health (as it is a form of moving meditation). Make your movements intentional, yet fun and creative with the inspiration from these 5 stories.

6 Ways to Get the Most Out Of a Group Fitness Class

If your resolution involved fitness, you’ll want to know how to make the most of your group classes this year!

A 3-Minute Practice to Make Inspiration Soar

"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are."  - Theodore RooseveltI just completed leading a yoga retreat in Hawaii, and as we concluded, students asked how to keep t…

A Body at Rest: Restorative yoga triggers your relaxation response

I was having coffee with an old friend when I found myself interrupted—repeatedly—by a series of “helpful” reminders and messages from my smartphone. With each blrrpt, boop, and pi…

A Certain Sadness: My Relationship with Depression

I know the holidays bring up a lot for some people.How about you? Are you depressed?(I feel like I am about to write copy for an anti-depressant commercial. Are you depressed?…

Activating Prana

It had been a long, intense summer. Between my husband’s immobilized shoulder and two kids out of school and ready for action, I was exhausted. Every morning left me aching for the…

Alignment in Lotus Posture (Video)

Integrate the wisdom of the yoga sutras in your evolution to full padmasana, the lotus pose.

American Veda

From Emerson and the Beatles to Yoga and Meditation: How Indian Spirituality Changed the WestBy Philip Goldberg“You don’t get tired of love, you don’t get tired of joy, you don’t g…

Are You a Stressaholic? Here's a Five-Minute Fix

Increasingly over the past couple of years, I’ve been having outbreaks of hives and itchy skin. I finally sat down with an allergist, who gave it to me straight. I am allergic to p…

Army Crew Yoga

Training peaceful minds at West Point

Audio Meditation for Connecting to the Heart

The heart holds our love, connection, joy, and forgiveness. It can also hold grief and anxiety. Sometimes what the heart feels is very different from what the mind thinks it wants.…

Bad Yogi! Bad! On Yoga and Forgiveness

I often say that yoga makes you better at absolutely everything, except remembering where you put your car keys.A regular yoga practice boosts your immune system, regulates your ho…

Be Yourself: Leave People-Pleasing to the Bee Gees

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the ways in which my work as an artist and my work as a yoga teacher are really just exactly the same.I do think of teaching yoga as a form of…

Beginners Warriors and Sun Salutations

In this introductory video isolating the fundamentals of sun salutations, Celest Pereira will guide you through a brief, yet informative vinyasa flow.

Bhagavad Gita

The Beloved Lord's Secret Love Songby Graham M. SchweigOne of the world’s most important Scriptures, the Bhagavad Gita describes itself as “the supreme secret of yoga,” and this ne…

Book Review: Inner Engineering

Inner EngineeringA Yogi’s Guide to JoyBy SadhguruSpiegel & Grau“Fun” isn’t usually the first word to spring to mind when it comes to the writings of Indian gurus, but that desc…

Book Review: Yoga Mass

YogaMass is a welcome new addition to the breadth of spiritual nourishment.

Breathing Through Grief to Joy

A yoga teacher trainee experiences Max Strom’s breath work

Breathing: The Poetry of the Body

 We know intuitively that our state of mind will affect our breath: it comes quick and jagged when we are agitated, and smooth and slow when we are relaxed. The yogis figured …

Budokon with Cameron Shayne

Budokon started off as a Hollywood fitness fad, but creator Cameron Shayne left the limelight to take his life arts program to a deeper level.

Calm Your Nervous System

The stresses of everyday life can be enough to send anyone diving for cover. Living with a constant and persistent elevated stress level is damaging to many facets of physical and …

Chair Yoga: Restoration for the Lower Back

Rejuvenate and release tension with this chair yoga sequence.

Composting for Your Life

It’s Spring 2012, and we just had a super full moon: The moon was closer to the earth than it’s been all year. Here in Vancouver, it’s just starting to get warm, though the cherry …

Conscious Rest: Yoga for Insomnia

It’s 3:00 AM. You look at your blinking clock and think, “I have to get up in four hours. I need to get to sleep.” You toss and turn, worrying about the fact that you are not sleep…

Contemplating Injury: What Yoga Has Taught Me About Pain

This is how bad things have gotten: I am squatting on my floor by a low table to write this because I threw out my back again and I am in extreme pain. Pain, however, can lead to r…

Cool It Practice: balancing yin and yang in good measure

 As human animals, we are affected by the weather. We like to think we’re not—our capitalist society expects us to be exactly the same amount of productive no matter what’s go…

Creating Calm from Chaos

The issue of stress is rampant in our culture. With ever-lengthening lists to get done, and increasing demands on our time and attention, stress is showing itself at every level of…

Daily Muscle Relief to Alleviate Back Pain

Use this routine to begin your day or before your workout for increased stability and mobility.

Dancing Into Silence

R. Carlos Nakai, William Eaton and Will Clipman“The sound, the sine wave pattern of the instrument itself, will move people on different levels,” says Native American flute master …

Embodying Change: How Movement Can Transform Your Life

Research now proves what these experts already knew: that if you want to change your life, the place to start isn't in your mind, but in your body.

Emerging Artist: Alisha Zalkin

The music business in Los Angeles is not known for being easy. Alisha Zalkin, a twenty-six year old emerging singer/songwriter now based in the City of Angels, has discovered some…

Emotional Intelligence: A Practice for the Chakras

In last week’s post, I talked about the vital importance of emotional intelligence. Medical professionals are learning that a huge, overlooked reason many North Americans get sick …

Enter the Goddess: Shiva Rea and the Divine Feminine

Shiva Rea, a yoga teacher/surfer who teaches flowing vinyasa on beautiful beaches, is not the sort of woman you ignore when she's telling you to stand with your legs wide and hold …

Expose Yourself: A New Year Intention, Inspired By the Moon

Because the moon feels loved, she lets our eyesfollow her across the field, steppingfrom her clothes, strewn silkglinting in furrows. Feeling loved, the moon lovesto be looked at, …

Fear & Flying

Awakening Through Acro Yoga

Feeling Stuck? Try a Beginner’s Mind

“In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities. In the expert's mind there are few." - Shunryu Suzuki, Zen monkMany years ago, as a yoga student, I envisioned how wonderful i…

Feeling Stuck? Try Diving Into Your Fears

You know when you feel stuck? I mean really stuck? Maybe you’re stuck in a bad marriage, or a really crappy job. Or you’re stuck with a body that is causing you grief (for whatever…

Film Review: "Yoga Is: A Transformational Journey"

This documentary from 2012 follows filmmaker Suzanne Bryant as she seeks healing and transformation of spirit through the practice of yoga. Bryant, a successful…

Garage Yoga

The floor is hard, the walls are bare, the light, thin and waning...

Gentle Yoga for Stress Reduction

In this video, Siri Peterson will guide you in an energizing flow that focuses on your core. You’ll flow through standing poses, twists, and core work to connect you to t…

Go with the Flow

Movement has the power to heal, to cultivate strength, and to nourish the mind–body connection. Try these DVDs to explore your own dynamic flow—all from the comfort of home.Designe…

Goddess Matangi: Salty Old Lady, Teen Angst Heart

Soon, I’m turning 29. My birthday always sends me into an introspective tailspin about what age means, considering the past, and wondering what the heck I’m doing with my life.When…

Grounding Chakra Flow

In this class, Dana Damara will help you find a strong foundation and a state of contentment. Dana will lead you through a series of poses that focus on the Root Chakra. You will f…

Heart of Brightness

One Woman's Yoga Odyssey in the Balinese JungleAs J. Krishnamurti once observed, there exist very few individuals with an irresistible passion for spirit. Very few of us really ded…

Heart-Opening Yoga

We learn so many great lessons in yoga that totally fall apart in relationships. You are trying to learn about detachment and going with the flow, but you are in love with a person…

Heartache to Heart Opener: How I Tuned Into My Body's Innate Intelligence

I used to love backbending. It was my favorite part of my yoga practice for a long time.Then I got my heart broken. I was amazed to see how quickly my body took on the metaphor: al…

Helping Kids to Connect Body, Breath, and Mind

Peeking in on children’s yoga classes, I watch kids doing poses such as tree, snake, butterfly, or lion, while the instructor tells a story about the various ways these creatures b…

How Breathing Helped Me to Heal

Through my stillness in asana class and in meditation, I learned that breathing slowly unleashed my inner poetry.

How Meditation Might Help Break the Cycle of Poverty

In our July issue we reported on studies by Martha Farah, director for Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Pennsylvania, demonstrating that children raised in poverty tend …

How to Be Heard: The Yoga of Authority

I taught my first kid’s yoga class last week, at the school where my mom works. “Just around 30 kids, Julie,” she said. “Grade 7. They can’t wait to meet you. You’ll love it.” I ha…

How to Develop a Home Yoga Practice

I used to think having a home practice meant I had to get up at 4 a.m. to chant mantras, meditate, and practice asana for two hours. I am not a morning person. Also I love goi…

How to Occupy Raging Bulls: The Way of the Tao

I’m going to tell you a story.One day, there was a raging bull in the middle of the main street of a small village. None of the villagers could get past. Everyone was upset about t…

How to Tone a Flabby Heart

The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people are so full of doubts. ~Bertrand RussellWe live in a world that is…

Ignite Your Spirit: Begin with Ceremony

To sit in Ceremony is to make a conscious decision to shift into a sacred space

Inversions: Turning Yoga on Its Head

The first time my yoga teacher encouraged me to go upside down into a headstand, I yelped.My outburst was just loud enough to let everyone in the class—especially me—know that I wa…

Is My Body Lying to Me?

“The body never lies,” Janet Stone said in a workshop on the yogic concept of satya, or truth. “We misinterpret it, ignore it, and project our ideas onto it, but the body itself ne…

Is Yoga Practical?

As a yoga teacher, over the years I've had many people ask me whether yoga is the real deal: Does it really help, or is it just another fad? Do you have to be an acrobat to feel go…

Is Yoga Safe?

Two years ago, at breakfast with the dean of yoga at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, I got an answer to a serious question that had nagged at me. …

Kapha Vinyasa Flow - Mind Body Balance

Stimulate and fire up your body's circulation of life-force energy to keep you inspired, motivated, and ready for a great day.

Karma: The Yoga of Action in an Unjust World

If you practice yoga, you’ve encountered the word karma at some point—in class, in the yoga texts, or perhaps on the label of a fancy bottle of water. It’s a simple concept: if you…

Kundalini Yoga

The Body Electric All-in-One WorkoutAna Brett and Ravi Singh“In all our years of training in various yoga, fitness, and self-help modalities, we have yet to find a system as compre…

Kundalini Yoga on the Ball

Energizing and uplifting, Gabrielle Pelicci’s Kundalini Yoga on the Ball provides a workout that’s fun and accessible for all ages and fitness levels, yet challenging enough to lea…

Lessons in a Bad Yoga Class

The other day, I took a bad yoga class. I went to see one of my favorite teachers, and as usual, her class was intelligent, well-paced, and well-focused. But as I moved through the…

Let Depression Be Your Guide: 4 Tips On How To Use It Wisely

Now that the sparkle of holiday lights has faded, winter’s darkness and chill has fully set in. Few of us are surprised when we find ourselves feeling stuck and probably at least a…

Let Your Life Reflect Your Practice

Excerpted from Art of Attention: A Yoga Practice Workbook for Movement as Meditation

Let's Talk Tantra

What’s the first thing you think of when someone says the word “tantra?” Does it have something to do with sex?To scholars of religion, the tantras are a collection of esoteri…

Lift Off! Yoga to Prepare for Inversions

Inverted postures in yoga include any pose where the head drops below the heart, and can be as simple as downward dog or as hard as headstand.  These postures increase circula…

Liquid Bells

Singing BowlsDamien RoseThe sound of Tibetan singing bowls might be described as complex purity. Within the sound that is heard when the bowl is struck, there exists the “anahat na…

Living Compassion: Let the Heart Lead

Honor the power of your heart with this full-spectrum yoga class sequenced around Ustrasana, or Camel Pose.

Me and My Guru

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the Sanskrit word “guru.” Most of us know it as “teacher” but the Sanskrit breakdown is a little different. See here from the Upanishads:The s…

Metabolism-Boosting Yoga: Clear Mind Meditation

Try this introduction to yogic breath control (pranayama) in a 15-minute meditation that will leave you feeling calm and refreshed.

Music Review: Deuter

DeuterReiki Hands of LoveNEW EARTH RECORDSReiki Hands of Love is a sensitive, melodic journey wonderfully designed for a connected mind-body experience. From the opening piano note…

My Practice: Mas Vidal

See how a renowned instructor and dedicated yogi and ayurvedic practitioner, Mas Vidal, kicks off his day.

My Practice: Morning Pages and Ayurveda

Learn how a renowned Ayurvedic and yoga practitioner moves through her day.

New Books: Enlightened Aging, Chant, and a Memoir of Darkness

Open your mind to a different way of seeing, with these selections from Spirituality & Health. Click the title to read the full review.The December Project An Extraordinary Rab…

Nourishing Heart: Yin Yoga for Fearlessness (Video)

Nourish your heart with this yoga and meditation video designed to explore themes of self-love.

On the Virtues of A Coffee Mug

I spent last week away from home, work, studio, email, and Facebook in the city of my youth, Montreal. I remember it well, but only this past week did I really notice something str…

Open Your Heart to the Truth. NO, WAIT, SHUT THE WINDOW!

The truth will set you free! So they say. Lately I’ve been wondering—set you free from what, exactly? Satya, or truthfulness, is one of Patanjali’s five Yamas, or precepts …

Ordinary Superpowers

I have a mantra. I say it to myself daily, in many situations, and it helps me immensely in my life. It’s this: Why am I doing this? I don’t even think the answer to that…

Peace Is a Choice

I started doing yoga and diving into mystical practices at the age of 12. I also was a Methodist. The combination of these Eastern and Western practices fueled my desire to know Go…

Pilgrimage to India with MC Yogi

Bhakti-hop innovator MC Yogi travels to India for an unwitting spiritual chiropractic adjustment—and artistic inspiration for his newest musical offering.

Pitch, Pace, and Pause

As some of you already know, I am a spoken word poet, which means, generally speaking, that I talk about my feelings in front of half-drunk audiences on Monday nights at a neighbor…

Portrait of a Yogi

"A Rabbit Noticed My Condition"I was sad one day and went for a walk;I sat in a field.A rabbit noticed my condition and came near.It often does not take more than that to help at t…

Practical Yoga: Catch Your Breath

Editors' note: We are honored to welcome Will Donnelly to our team of bloggers at SpiritualityHealth.com. Trained at the renowned Golden Bridge Yoga Studio in Los Angeles, Will is …

Pratyahara: Withdrawing the Senses and Feeling Feelings

There’s a principle in Patanjali’s classical text on Yoga, the Yoga Sutras, called pratyahara. It’s usually translated as “withdrawal of the senses,” and it’s a part of the classic…

Product Review: Mat-tastic!

 In this week’s Products for Health Review, we look at three wonderful ways to improve your wellbeing. In each case, a classic mat has been transformed into something very spe…

Puppy Guru: Why My Dog is My Best Yoga Teacher

A couple of weeks ago, I adopted a dog from the animal shelter. His name is Finnegan, and he is the best ever: he is snoring belly-up beside me as I write this.I wanted a dog partl…

Pushed Out of the Nest

The surprising challenge when your spiritual home closes

Putting My Body in Your Hands: The Vulnerability of the Yoga Practice

Attending a yoga class is a fundamentally vulnerable thing to do.I think about my body a lot; not only as a yoga teacher, but also as a woman. As I have expressed on this blog befo…

Recovering from Trauma? Listen to What Your Body's Trying to Tell You

The massage therapist slid her hand under my sacrum, and waited. I wasn’t sure what this was supposed to feel like and apparently nothing was happening.“What do you feel?” she…

Riding the Edge at Maya Yoga

Just getting to Nicki Doane and Eddie Modestini’s yoga studio in the rain-forested heart of Maui inspires a change in attitude. Head east on Hana Highway (a twisting, rainbow-washe…

Sacred Service & The Four Paths of Yoga

I’ll never forget the first time I heard about Karma Yoga, the yoga of service. I was in a yoga class taught by the fabulously healing and transformative Marla Wedge, and was holdi…

Shift Your Body, Change Your Mind

At the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, we have been working for the last year to find ways to help our veterans returning from Iraq a…

Simple Meditation to Feel Calm and Centered

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