Category Archive: Virtual Workshop

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

Downward Facing Dog Pose: How To Practice Safely

A few years ago, I made a rough estimate of how many Down Dogs I’d done throughout my entire yoga career. I started with an average week of practice. I multiplied by months, and then… Continue reading

Bound Yoga Poses: Making the Clasp

There’s such a feeling of completeness being connected, limb to limb, in the embrace of a bound yoga pose. A yoga belt can certainly create that feeling of fullness, but nothing feels quite as “all-in”… 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

What, Exactly, Is Pigeon Pose?!

Pigeon pose seems like it’s in every yoga class. And it also seems like it’s a totally different pose depending on which teacher is teaching it. Sometimes it’s called Flying Pigeon. Other times… Continue reading

Cobra vs. Upward Dog: What’s the Difference?

These postures are constant in the classroom, yet how and why we practice them can vary dramatically. Some teachers only teach one pose or the other, while other teachers give students the option to… Continue reading

Ardha Uttanaasana: What The Hell Is Yoga’s Halfway Lift? (Or How To Flow Through Sun Salutations Safely)

In almost every yoga class today, we practice Ardha Uttanasana, the Half Forward Fold. It’s a key posture of the Sun Salutations, where it’s inserted before jumping back to Plank Pose and after… Continue reading

What Do Shoulders, Core Strength & Hands In Prayer Have In Common?

Shoulders, core and namaskar hands? The obvious link is that all are accessed in your yoga practice. But less obvious? These are the topics that interested you, the reader, most in 2015. It seems that… Continue reading