The Trauma Survivors Guide to Yoga: Coming Back to the Present

Most survivors of trauma are in some way disconnected from the present moment. In an effort to cope with the massive pain and terror they’ve experienced, they shut down. Chronic or overwhelming distress… Continue reading

Yoga For Traveling

Summer is high-travel season. All the sitting in cramped seats, the stress of making connections and going through TSA, and the less-than-ideal food choices can really do a number on us. Extra waiting in… Continue reading

Gentle Yoga For Traumatic & Stressful Times

No words can accurately convey how we feel about the violence in America the world right now. We all agree that something is not working, and something needs to be done. But we can’t seem… Continue reading

How to Safely Deepen Backbends

There’s a core concept to deepening any yoga posture: honesty. Yoga is about your relationship with yourself, and to go deeper in any pose requires you uphold that relationship with integrity. Regardless of… Continue reading

Meditation to Establish a Steady Inner Connection

The first mention of yoga asana in the historic record gave none of the postures we practice today. Patanjali’s yoga sutras, however, gave asana as one of the eight limbs of the practice. It also defined… Continue reading

The Trauma Survivors Guide to Yoga: Understanding Your Nervous System

I came to yoga in a state of spiritual crisis. I didn’t have the understanding or the language to call it that twenty years ago; then, I was just angry. I didn’t know quite how full of rage I was, or that buried… Continue reading

How To Free Your Low Back & SI Joint With Leg Alignment in Yoga

Building yoga poses from the ground up is not only a logical and linear way to approach them, it also sets a stable foundation on which the entire body sits. In part one of… Continue reading

Cultivating Joy & Finding Your Way: A Heart-Opening Practice For Advanced Beginners & Up

It’s important to periodically check in with where you are in life, to see if you’re on track with where you want to be, and to recognize when or where you’re out of alignment. This… Continue reading

How to Achieve Optimal Leg Alignment in Standing Yoga Poses

  The standing poses you practice in yoga build strength, stamina and flexibility. Because they use the big muscles of the legs, they are excellent warm-ups, and that’s one reason they often come… Continue reading

Meditation For Healing & Wholeness

True health comes from a feeling of wholeness. In yoga, we would call it union. So often, though, we disconnect with ourselves because we are busy or distracted. Or because we are hurting and… Continue reading