The Safe Way to Forward Fold in Yoga

Tight hamstrings and too much sitting are major contributors to low back pain and increased risk of injury. This tightness and immobility pulls on the lumbar region and eliminates the natural curve of the low… Continue reading

Head Alignment in Downward Dog

Ask three different teachers how to align your head in Downward Dog and you’ll likely get three different answers. No wonder practitioners everywhere are confused! I believe there is never one “right” answer… Continue reading

How to Use Props in Shoulder Stand

The basic idea with props in Shoulder Stand is to elevate your shoulders so the angle of bend in your neck is less severe and your shoulders have more freedom. Some people use stiff foam blocks… Continue reading

Evolution Over Revolution

Change is often the sign of a well-needed growth spurt. Sometimes it’s uncomfortable, mostly when we resist it, but also because where we end up is somewhere new. The unfamiliar territory can leave… Continue reading

What Your Yoga Teacher Is Really Looking At

There is a dead giveaway that lets every (good) yoga teacher know the depth of your experience as a practitioner. No, it’s not how far behind your head your foot goes, or how… Continue reading

How to Save Your Shoulders in Chaturanga Dandasana

How many times do you do Chaturanga Dandasana, Four Limbed Staff Pose or Low Plank, when you practice yoga? Practice a couple of times a week and the load on your shoulders adds… Continue reading

Improve Your Side Plank

Side Plank, or Vasisthasana in Sanskrit, is a great pose to build both strength and flexibility. When done in good alignment, it’s actually therapeutic for the shoulder that bears weight. Balancing in this pose, whether… Continue reading

Happiness & Freedom

I believe freedom is another face of happiness; if you’re not free to live the life you’ve dreamed and express your authenticity, you’ll likely be unhappy. Being yourself should be the most simple… Continue reading

3 Simple Ways to Be Mindful Everyday

We seekers want to stay present and alive in the moment, but life has a way of pulling us out of that center. Here are three things we can do to get back… Continue reading

In the Teeth of Fear

For the first twelve years of my rock climbing life I did my best to avoid fear. In my personal life it was like I was walking around with my fingers plugged deep… Continue reading