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100 Trailblazers in Ayurveda and Yoga

See Them All Here By Bess O'Connor, Kathryn Drury Wagner, and the Editors of S&H If you’ve ever been to a candlelight service, you know how the magic works: A glow starts small a…

3 Poses for Releasing Neck Tension

The key to letting go of neck tension.

3 Super Relaxing Yoga Poses for Detoxification

Have a holiday hangover? Try these yoga poses to help detox and rebalance your body.

3 Ways Yoga Can Connect You to Greater Happiness

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3 Yoga Exercises to Build Your Immunity Now

"Your system thinks you are in survival/panic mode, and you need to help yourself to calm down enough that your immune system can actually work."

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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4 Yoga Poses to Save You From Burnout

Create space for self-healing with a yoga sequence designed to cultivate your receptive nature.

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.

5 Stretches for a Long Car Ride

Long car trips can leave us feeling sore and exhausted. These five stretches can keep your circulation and digestion humming along, ease lower back pain, and unwind sore shoulders.

5 Ways Yoga Helps Keep Cancer at Bay

About half of all men and one-third of all women in the United States will face cancer during their lifetime. What can we do about it? Hoping to not get cancer is not a plan. Blami…

5 Yoga Poses for Stress Relief

Yoga is an incredibly powerful tool for stress management. Try this sequence of five poses to calm down, relax, and recenter yourself.

6 Mindfulness-Based Techniques to Help You Fall Asleep

Mindfulness techniques are being incorporated more and more for sleep health. Here are six expert-recommended mindfulness practices to help you fall—and stay—asleep.

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!

7 Ways to Make Yoga Class a Self-Discovery Goldmine

Set an intention for your next yoga class to discover something new about yourself.

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, …

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…

An Alternative Spiritual Guide to Disaster

“There’s always some new world on the other side of that destruction, even if we can’t imagine it yet.”

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.…

Autobiography of a Yogını: An Interview with Seane Corn

Seane Corn describes her evolution and the revolution she's taking part in during this interview with Stephen Kiesling.

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: Dream Yoga

Dream YogaIlluminating Your Life Through Lucid Dreaming and the Tibetan Yogas of SleepBy Andrew HolecekSounds TrueDream Yoga is a book that makes big promises: According to author …

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.

Breath is Fertilizer for the Brain

The yogis have been right, scientists say.

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

Whether you are a first responder or simply stressed, try these affirmations to calm the nervous system.

Chair Yoga: Restoration for the Lower Back

Rejuvenate and release tension with this chair yoga sequence.

Chronic Pain, Trauma, and the Nervous System

Chronic pain can be caused by lingering trauma, creating stress that is unresolved. Break the cycle.

Coming Home to the Banks of Ma Ganga

One week at the 29th International Yoga Festival in Rishikesh

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 a.m. 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 sleepin…

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 …

Desk Yoga for Your Hands and Wrists

Use hand mudras to save your hands and wrists from overuse.

Dinacharya: A Yogi’s Routine for a Long and Healthy Life

Align with nature’s rhythm and see your own radical change

Do Good Gurus Have to Be Good People?

Having worked at a retreat center for the past few decades, I’ve become intimate with many gurus and their flocks. My conclusion is that the nature of every great teacher mirrors …

E-Wellness

From medical appointments to yoga classes, the world has gone virtual—and it’s working. Brandi-Ann Uyemura digs into the future of care.

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…

Flex Your Butt Core: Build Hip Strength With These Yoga Poses

Tight hips? Tight muscles are usually weak muscles. A stronger butt creates looser, healthier hips. Here's are some “butt core” yoga poses to strengthen your hips.

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. …

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…

Guided Meditation: Deeply Relax (Or Sleep) With Breathwork

This gentle, progressive breathwork will help your body return to the rest-and-digest state so you can calm down, detoxify, rest, clear your mind, soothe inflammation.

Guided Meditation: Pelvic Floor Wellness

This meditation involves gentle, relaxed breathing and some light muscular engagement.

Healing Chronic Back Pain

The effect yoga has on our body, mind, and spirit are enough to get anyone on the mat. But now, two big studies are proving what many have believed and experienced for ages – that …

Healing Neck and Shoulder Pain

How I learned to tame my subscapularis muscles, buried behind each shoulder blade.

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

In the Fullness of Emptiness

Calm down using the breath and slow down your exhale.

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 from Yin Yoga for Managing Chronic Pain

Yin yoga works the connective tissue that wraps around our muscles and carries messages from the brain. By practicing yin yoga, we may be able to reprogram some of the physical patterns causing chronic pain.

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 esote…

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.

Lovelight Yoga + Kirtan Festival: Groove is in the Heart

If you love heart opening music, camping under the stars and yoga, then don’t miss this episode, filmed on location at the annual Lovelight Festival on 200 acres of beaut…

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…

Meditation on the Mat

Try yoga nidra for deep relaxation and profound healing.

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.

Mindfully Move Your Body: Yoga of Synthesis #2

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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 Passing of Michael Stone and Mental Health in the Yoga Community

Yoga, self-care, and alternative forms of medicine cannot always fix everything.

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…

Podcast: Yoga Expert Seane Corn

Rabbi Rami speaks with internationally acclaimed yoga teacher and public speaker Seane Corn, about her very first book, Revolution of the Soul. Full transcript of discussion included.

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…

Pregnant During a Pandemic

Pregnancy naturally causes anxiety—then tack on a pandemic. Writer Julie Peters shares her journey and how working on stress-management skills helps.

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…

Psychology Of A Sage: Activating Higher Functional States

To learn to be wise again we have to find a way to bring a safe feeling back into our lives.

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…

Releasing Your Stress Muscle: 3 Poses for the Psoas

Try these three helpful poses to bring stress relief to your muscles.

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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Stephen Cope: Twenty-Five Years of Transformation

At the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, where he founded and leads the Institute for Extraordinary Living, Stephen Cope has been a yoga pioneer who’s helped bring the practice…

Stressed Out? Lean into It

Stress has become a bad word in our culture. It causes illness and contributes to chronic pain. And we have too much of it. So we practice yoga: we meditate, do savasana, get relax…

Summer Festival Round-Up

[EDITOR'S NOTE: WE ARE NO LONGER ACCEPTING ENTRIES FOR THE BHAKTI TICKET GIVEAWAY, CONGRATS TO OUR WINNER!]Every summer, countless people flock to outdoor amphitheaters, campground…

Sun Salutations: A Dance with the Breath

I wish I could speak like music.I wish I could put the swaying splendorOf the fields into wordsSo that you could hold TruthAgainst your bodyAnd dance.I am trying the best I canWith…

Support in Service of Sweetness

One of the most famous yoga sutras—the short aphorisms in yoga attributed to Patanjali—is sthiram sukham asanam. The phrase means essentially that your asana, your seat…

Synesthesia: A Practice for Translating Body Language

One of the reasons we practice yoga, in my opinion, is to become better translators.Our bodies have a complex language, and they are talking to us all the time. Our guts are receiv…

Tao Te Ching and the Complexities of Going with the Flow

Lately, I’ve been reading the Tao Te Ching. It’s the seminal text of Taoist philosophy, a system of thought that I’ve been attracted to since I was a stressed out, straight-A unive…

Teach Me, Teacher(s)!

Classically, the yoga practice (physical asana yoga as well as the meditation and other practices) were passed down from a master to a student. Here in the West, yoga has come to m…

Testing your Hippie Boundary: Reincarnation

I was once at a workshop about managing grief through yoga practice. I remember a girl in the back piping up and saying, “Sometimes you just need to discover that it’s pain from a …

The 8 Limbs of Patanjali

Lessons on living a better life from the father of yoga.

The Art Inside You

The world needs our creativity, compassion, and intuitive intelligence. Today it is essential that we sense the interconnectedness of our world. Whatever happens to any one of us —…

The Art of Falling Down

The rains have returned to my home on the Big Island of Hawaii, and with them, a memory. About a year ago, I had an experience that exposed my darker self. Granted, I was still com…

The Art of Receiving

There’s an origin story that many yogis have: there was a first moment, a realization, a falling in love, a desire to shout from the rooftops: “Yoga saved me!”. For me and many oth…

The Art of Receiving What You Are Getting

We don’t always get what we want. But we always get what we receive. In Sanskrit, the word diksa means initiation. It usually refers to the teachings passed on from a guru to a st…

The Case for Yogic Breathing

The mind has a terrible time telling itself what to do. Fortunately, science is catching up with yogic breathing wisdom.Since the time of Descartes (“I think, therefore I am”), mod…

The Connection Between Yogic Breathing and COVID-19

Learn a breathing technique to rev up your immune system.

The Delicate Art of Listening

“Close your eyes,” my yoga teacher says. “Don’t open them again for the next 90 minutes.”We laugh a little, like, Is she serious?Then she says, “I’m serious. Don’t open your eyes.”…

The Guru is You

What is a guru, and does this concept have anything to do with your yoga practice?The idea of a guru is a fairly common concept in India, the birthplace of yoga. In the 1960’s, The…

The Hidden Dangers of Sunshine and Flowers

As many of you already know, I am not what I would describe as a ‘sunshine and flowers’ yoga teacher. Listening to teachers talk about how wonderful all creation is and seeing insp…

The Importance of Hearing from a Qualified Spiritual Teacher, Part 2 of 2

If you are considering following any path, you should look at where it is coming from. 

The Inner Rewards of Yoga: 4 Hard Lessons I Learned

One woman shares her top four lessons learned from practicing Karma Yoga.

The Many Possibilities of Joy in a Small Cup: Yoga, Life, and the Second Chakra

Lately, I’m really into joy.That probably makes me sound like a jerk. I don’t mean the kind of joy that comes with huge life-changing events like winning the lottery or making a ba…

The Most Dangerous Word in Exercise

When you hear it, ask yourself, “Why? What am I training for?”

The Most Important Yogic Tool You Have: The Bullshit Detector

Yoga has this wonderful quality of opening our minds and bodies at the same time. We get more physically flexible, and more mentally and emotionally so as well.We flow like water, …

The Positivity Plague

I’m reading a book right now that is absolutely blowing my mind. I really like it when books do that. It’s called When the Body Says No, by Dr. Gabor Maté. It’s about how stress ca…

The Practice of Kaballah and Yoga

A way to bring body and mind and cultures together

The Science of Yoga

I went to take a friend of mine’s class a while ago, on a full moon. She talked about how humans are made mostly of water, and the moon pulls the tides, so therefore it must have a…

The Season of Saraswati

Well, we’ve finally made it to March. Here in Vancouver, that means it’s still kind of cold and raining, but there are little shoots coming up under still-bare trees, and there are…

The Secret to Radically Transforming Your Practice & Life

I grew up in the suburbs of Detroit, celebrating my 7th birthday and coming into the age of reason during the summer of the Detroit riots. There was this unspoken fear and concern …

The Secrets of Your Core, or Why You Don't Need to Punch Your Yoga Teacher

The other day, my friend and yoga teacher Meghan Currie said to me about the core: "There's just this layer of energetic garbage around your core. You kind of have to burn through …

The Spirituality of Laughter

The Guru of Giggling shares how it’s possible (and beneficial) to laugh—even in the face of a pandemic.

The Stickiness of Stillness: The Challenges of Corpse Pose

When I was a kid, I hated naptime. I would lie down in the cot like everyone else and watch my little kid friends drift off into a blissful sleep. I would fidget, giggle, and somet…

The Truth About Changing Your Habits

At the studio I run in Vancouver, we used to participate in 30-day challenges where you can sign up to complete 30 yoga classes in 30 days. The studio would be jammed with people, …

The Yoga Fight: Why Yoga & I Are "On a Break"

I have a confession to make. I haven’t been practicing yoga. But I HAVE been flossing. Every night. Sometimes, too, I do put on some sweet tunes and roll around on my mat…

The Yoga of Being Sick

The day after I finished a major project (my new book, Secrets of the Eternal Moon Phase Goddesses), I came down with a fever. For a few days, it hurt my brain to do anything other…

The Yoga of Being Sick (Plus 6 Holistic Sick-Day Tips)

This week, I got sick. I’ve been feeling it coming on for weeks, and I finally woke up with that telltale sore, swollen throat that I know so well from my long and checkered past w…

The Yoga of Critical Thinking

I was talking recently with a fellow yoga teacher about a student who takes three to four classes every day. He was a little worried about the effect that might be having on her bo…

The Yoga of Money

Yoga teachers are afraid of money.Well, not all of them. Some of them love money, revel in it, take baths in it (perhaps). But many of us abhor the green stuff, and wish it would s…

The Yoga of Revolution

Yoga has been banned in several countries, including Indonesia, Malaysia, and within sects of Christianity in America. Some of the bans have been lifted, others have not. This sou…

The Yoga Sweat: How Our Glands Process Emotion

Did you know that you really can smell fear? I once presented a paper at a conference in front of the very writer I was discussing in my paper. He also happens to be one …

Think You Can't Meditate? Think Again.

If I had a nickel for every person who said to me “I can’t meditate,” I’d be rich. But for the multitudes of people who have busy, focused lives yet say they cannot meditate, there…

To Serve Or To Save? Why Higher Ground is More Helpful Than a Soapbox

“You can lead a horse to water, but you cannot make him drink” - ProverbRecently I was at a marketplace in the old sugar plantation town of Hilo, on the east side of the Big Island…

To the Sun, with Love

When I tell people that I do 108 sun salutations each Sunday, their eyes widen with awe. They think it requires Olympic stamina. Really it’s only a matter of gratitude.A sun saluta…

Toolbox: Inner Alignment

vLet these picks from S&H  be conduits for creating internal energetic structuring.

Toolbox: Sweeten Your Practice

Awaken your senses with these fine indulgences.

Tree Pose to Ease the Body Into Meditation

Fall is a time of seasonal quickening, as we go back to work in earnest, and a time of rising anxiety. It is a perfect time to start or renew a mind/body meditation practice. You w…

Understanding the True Purpose of Yoga

The true purpose of this 5,000+ year old practice was never about contorting into the perfect pose, wearing cute yoga outfits, or building instagram followers with sexy backbend photos.

Unwind: Yoga to Undo a Day of Sitting

Bring these postures into your daily practice to open tightness and introduce motion into your lower back and pelvic floor. Inversions and hip openers are thought to act as resets …

Using Ayurvedic Mudras for Energy, Relaxation, and Focus

Explore the five movements of prana with simple hand gestures.

Video: A Daily Yoga Practice for Detoxing Anxiety

In this video, Sherianna Boyle, author of Emotional Detox for Anxiety, shows us how to dedicate the energy of a simple, daily yoga practice to the detoxing of anxiety and all the reactivity surrounding it.

VIDEO: Core-Strengthening Yoga Sequence

While there are countless external reasons for strengthening your core - a flatter belly, a six pack, looking svelte on the beach - the most important reason of all is to build int…

Video: Deepening your Practice with Yoga Teacher Training

Whether you’re new to yoga or an advanced practitioner, enrolling in a teacher training can be an effective way to deepen your practice and bring it into greater alignment with phy…

Video: Neck Pain Relief

Chronic neck pain isn't something you should leave untreated. Whether you are experiencing symptoms of fibromyalgia, old injuries or accidents, or simply poor lifest…

Waiting to Exhale

I know as problems go, this is not the biggest thing, but I really miss practicing yoga in a studio.

Walk Like a Yogi: How to Live Your Yoga Practice Off the Mat

As many die hard yogis can attest, committing to a consistent yoga asana (Sanskrit for pose) practice can lead to more flexibility, strength, balance and overall serenity.However, …

War and Inner Peace

We all participate in some way in our nation’s wars. Here’s why we don’t let war interfere with our serenity — and why we should. His afternoon, while my yoga teacher urged …

Watch Your Mouth

 “Bellydance is a service,” my dance teacher was telling us. “We are offering something of ourselves to the audience, but we must be sure we are in control of how much we are …

What Can You Re-Commit To?

In all relationships, sometimes a little reinvention is needed.

What Helps and What Hurts

Yoga can be a great tool for recovery, but only if yoga teachers understand how to shape the practice to the needs of people healing from trauma.

What is Your Super Power?

About a year ago, I was leading a creative writing class and I gave the students this prompt: “If you could be a superhero with one power, what would that power be?” Instantly, sni…

What’s Hiding in Your Hips?

Yoga teachers often refer to the pelvis as “the junk drawer of emotions.” To let go of past emotional states, you have to let the hips get unstuck—rather literally. Here are 5 yoga poses that can open this chakra and restore motion and flow to your hips.

When "Just Breathe" Isn't Enough: Practices for Deep Breathing

Breathing is, indeed, good for you. It’s been shown that breathing into the belly helps encourage a relaxed state in your body, nourishes your organs, calms the nervous system, and…

When Life Becomes a Spiritual Practice: 5 Qualities of a Selfless Yogi

Learn how to spiritualize your daily actions so everything you do becomes sacred and blessed.

Why You Don't Need to Be Fit to Be Good at Yoga

Does having a physically fit, flexible body mean that a yoga student is better at the practice than someone who is not as flexible or in shape? On the surface, our Western mind see…

Yoga and Feminism

When I was in school, I wanted to talk about feminism all the time. I loved its possibilities: a world where we could all be more feminine, a world where we all could be more mascu…

Yoga and Tea

As long as I’ve been married to a yoga teacher, I’ve had trouble keeping milk in the refrigerator. Whenever she teaches, she makes her own blend of chai latte and carts it to her g…

Yoga and the Journey to Sobriety

I grew up in a household of teetotalers. The only alcohol anyone in my family drank was at the altar during communion—until the church switched to grape juice. Despite my par…

Yoga as a Culinary Art

Explore spirituality in the kitchen and try this recipe for vegan Samosa Pot Pie.

Yoga as Medicine

 The other night, my partner got a migraine. He was writhing in bed, ibuprofen scattered around the room, ice packs and hot water bottles strewn everywhere. I did what I do be…

Yoga Boosts Brain Health

Yoga expands your mind. ... Literally, it turns out. A regular yoga practice makes key brain areas larger and healthier.

Yoga Cuisine

An Excerpt from Pure Vegetarian

Yoga Dos and Don'ts: Elbow Alert

Hyperextended joints can be a sign of false strength says writer and yoga teacher Shannon Wianecki.

Yoga for Cancer Survivors

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Yoga for Emotional Trauma

By creating a healing environment for your body through yoga, you can transform emotional trauma into well-being, release suffering, and come home to your body’s natural capacity for health and joy.

Yoga for Releasing Anger

Anger: we all know it, many of us well. But at a yoga party, it would be gauche to bring up the raging intensity sitting in your gut. We’re all focusing on the positive here, right…

Yoga for Shoulder Health

 How often to do you walk on your hands? Do you spend time crawling around the office, or traveling from couch to fridge on your hands? If you’re like most people, the answer …

Yoga for Stick Figures: Every Body is Different

I am a yoga teacher, and I have scoliosis. I am not a straight-spined person.My dad has a condition called ankylosing spondylitis, which is a type of arthritis in which your bones …

Yoga for Stress Reduction: Heart Opening

A sequence of gentle backbends and heart opening poses to release tension from the neck, shoulders, and jaw.

Yoga in Your Pocket

Yoga is a good thing to have in your pocket.I’m writing this from the hotel restaurant in Charlotte, North Carolina, where I’ve spent the past week at the National Poetry Slam comp…

Yoga on the Go: A Sequence for Cycling

My friend Carol has been cycling—by herself—across America. She calls me from the road, tells me what amazing things she’s seen, and that her back hurts. She really misses yoga!My …

Yoga, Meditation and a Plant-Based Diet, Key Ingredients in Your Evolution

An excerpt from Russell Simmons’ new book The Happy Vegan: A Guide to Living a Long, Health, and Successful Life.

Yogic Prescription of the Week: Read Some Good Fiction

I was sitting with a yoga teacher friend the other day, and he was having one of those freak-out moments we all have from time to time. You know the one: “I’m not good enough, I do…

Yoginos

Yoga for Youth Elizabeth Reese, Ph.D. This trilingual (English, Spanish, and Sanskrit) interdisciplinary yoga-for-kids program combines music, games, original art, and stories wi…

Yogis Need Boundaries Too

Before I became a yoga teacher, I assumed all my teachers must have had it all figured out. They always had such great lessons, and seemed so calm and collected. I wanted to be lik…

You Can Run But You Can’t Hide (from Yourself)

3 Lessons from Selfless Service

Your Body is Talking. Are You Listening?

Injuries often happen in the silliest ways. We are intelligent adults; we look both ways before crossing the street, we don't run with scissors or swallow toothpaste. But we badly …

Your Brain on Yoga Nidra

Not only does yoga nidra meditation help you get a good night’s sleep, it also rids the body of harmful stress-inducing cortisol, boosts the production of “pleasure hormones,” and shifts brain waves into a beneficial state of regeneration and repair.

Your Breath Is Your Super Power

If you’ve ever taken a yoga class, you’ve heard some reference to the breath at some point. We know it’s incredibly central to the yoga practice; the awareness of the breath is per…

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