Category Archive: For Yoga Teachers

A Conversation On Loss, Grief & Trauma

For me, yoga was the tool that introduced me to my own stunning inner world. It is a world rich with joy, gratitude and love. But those feelings were eclipsed by the emotion of pain, loss,… Continue reading

Yoga & The Psoas-Stress Connection

Learning to cope with stress is key to building resilience. Like a sore muscle after it’s been worked, we become stronger after challenge. But too much stress has a negative effect on mind and… Continue reading

Understanding & Working With Emotion: A User’s Guide

For the first six months of my yoga practice, every time I held the yoga pose Upward Bow I would cry. Tears would well up and seep out, and I had no idea why.… 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

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

Vishwamitrasana, Balance & Breath: Intermediate/Advanced Practice

Balance, in hatha yoga, implies bringing two seeming opposites together into harmony. The icons for this are classically masculine and the feminine, or sun and moon, as “ha-tha” suggests. In this practice we explore… Continue reading

Moving Beyond Busy & Into Understanding: Vrittis, part 3

We are a busy species. In America it seems we wear our fatigue as a badge of success. But being tired and busy means missed opportunities. I’m not talking FOMO (fear of missing out) on a party, a… Continue reading

6 Tips to Balance in Handstand

Almost no yoga pose brings as invigorating, fun and light-hearted joy as balancing in handstand. When you can’t balance, though, it’s frustrating! Many a yogic practitioner gets stuck at the wall in Handstand, but there are several things you… Continue reading

How to Safely Practice Chaturanga Dandasana

While it looks simple on the surface, anyone who’s practiced it knows Chaturanga Dandasana is one of yoga’s toughest poses. To do it in safe postural alignment, in the split-second flow on the way to Down Dog… Continue reading