Category Archive: Yoga Essentials

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

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

Four Ways To Cultivate Inner Peacefulness: Vrittis, Part 4

Over the last few months we’ve been covering yoga philosophy regarding the topic of the vrittis. Vrittis are the flows (or fluctuations) of consciousness as they move through the mind. In their agitated… 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

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

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