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Healing through yoga and the chakras

Healing through yoga and the chakras

Last week I wrote about how yoga teachers aren’t doctors, and that we shouldn’t be giving medical advice, or recommending things that contradict the doctor. Today I want to write about other types of healing. Because sometimes the doctor doesn’t help. I want to be […]

I’m not a doctor — just a yoga teacher

I’m not a doctor — just a yoga teacher

Every once in a while someone will come up to me before a yoga class with this question: “I’ve been having this pain in my lower back, kind of on the right side but not too far down, sort of in the middle, but only […]

Friday favorite yoga books: Chakra balancing

Friday favorite yoga books: Chakra balancing

Chakras are the seven spinning energy centers of the human body that control every dimension of our physical, mental, and spiritual well-being.   Why is it important to learn about chakra balancing?   Chakras relate to everyday issues, such as finding your true voice and […]

Five tips for new-ish yoga teachers

Five tips for new-ish yoga teachers

Let’s get down to the basics. No matter how long you’ve been teaching yoga, it’s always nice to get a refresher on the basics. Here are five tips for new yoga teachers, new-ish yoga teachers, or even long-time yoga teachers.   1. Introduce yourself.   […]

I’m thankful for trees and what they teach us

I’m thankful for trees and what they teach us

I am doing this Gratitude Project right now, and our question for the day was: Where is your favorite spot in nature and how does it cultivate gratitude in you?   I’m thankful for trees   My favorite spot in nature is sitting under the […]

Friday favorites: My favorite yoga books

Friday favorites: My favorite yoga books

Welcome back, Friday Favorites! I’ve been backsliding recently and haven’t posted any favs, but now we’re back up and running! For the next few weeks, I’ll be highlighting some of my best-loved yoga books, the ones I turn to again and again.   One of my […]

Practicing mindfulness and walking my dog

Practicing mindfulness and walking my dog

I have been reading a book on mindfulness, and it has inspired me to step up my mindfulness game. Particularly when I’m walking the dog. The book is “The Miracle of Mindfulness” by Thich Nhat Hanh. One thing you should know is that our dog, […]

Let go of stressful thoughts in 4 Steps by practicing non-attachment

Let go of stressful thoughts in 4 Steps by practicing non-attachment

One of the Yamas (or restraints) of yoga is non-attachment. In Sanskrit, the word is Aparigraha. It can be translated as not hoarding, non-greediness, freedom from collection, and not owning.   As yogis we strive to practice this concept by not getting too attached to […]

Fake Buddha Quotes: My interview with Bodhipaksa

Fake Buddha Quotes: My interview with Bodhipaksa

A few weeks ago I went to a hatha yoga class in Kansas City. The teacher started class by quoting Buddha: If you love yourself fully, you are incapable of harming another. I loved that quote. It resonated with me. As soon as I could, […]

Centering

Centering

Sometimes the hardest part of a yoga class is the first part: centering. As a teacher, I am always second-guessing myself here: Is this too much time? Should I move on? Did I already say that thing about your breath? Should I say it again? […]