Get out of your own way: battling your ego with the Warrior Series.

Use the Warrior Series to battle your ego and realize your goals. Most flow yoga classes incorporate at least one of the warrior poses (Virabhadrasana series), but beyond the physical shape of the poses, what are these poses all about? The warrior series refers to the spiritual warrior, one who battles the universal enemy. The …

Core Strength

There is a plethora of images in fitness magazines and on Instagram that display air-brushed models with flat and toned tummies. All of these images suggest that a taught belly is an ideal to strive for. Defined abdominal muscles are a point of vanity and the existence of a six-pack is synonymous with a strong …

Are you a believer?

If you spend enough time in a yoga studio, you will hear a lot of bold statements about the physical and emotional benefits of yoga. “practicing yin will reduce stress and anxiety” “forward folds are good for introspection” “we store a lot of emotion in our hips: hip-opening poses can release pent-up emotion” “backbends will invigorate …

Yoga and SAD

The darkness of winter is upon us. If you suffer seasonal affective disorder, you will understand the debilitating exhaustion, apathy and moodiness that affects many during the dark months of December and January. Seasonal affective disorder is described by the Mayo clinic as a change in circadian rhythm and a drop in serotonin levels brought on by reduced …

Cue the Silence

Our world is a noisy place. We exist among conversations, loud engines, music, sirens, air filter machines, humming computers, ringtones, radios, barking dogs and constant chatter inside our heads. Silence is an elusive concept. So when the power went off in my office building last week, besides the darkness, the aftermath was a silence that …

Open the heart to heal

When we sustain a physical injury such as a broken leg, black eye or a sunburn, the injury is visible for the world to see and comment on. “What happened!?” invites story-telling and sharing the circumstances of the accident. Sharing contributes to healing. In contrast, surviving emotional trauma does not always prompt the healing power of sharing. …

Just because it hurts doesn’t mean you should quit

The yoga posture begins when you want to leave it. Practicing for the past week at an ashtanga-style studio where we contort ourselves into the primary series’ postures and then hold each one for five breaths (that’s four seconds in, four seconds out, times five) has really emphasized Iyengar's point that la posture commence quand on a …