a blog by Ellen Davies

Yoga

What are the Chakras?

What are the Chakras?

The seven chakras are energy centers in the body. Knowing about the chakras can help heal the body and the spirit. Our physical bodies express the truth we carry in our bodies. Sometimes these truths show up as pain, injuries, and unexplained issues. If you […]

Good Vibes and speaking with kind intention

Good Vibes and speaking with kind intention

Everything in the universe is a vibration. You’ve heard of string theory, right? According to string theory, all particles in the universe are actually tiny vibrating strings. Each type of vibration corresponds to a different particle. . You’ve probably heard the expression “good vibes.” You […]

About those sun salutations…

About those sun salutations…

If you’ve ever been to a vinyasa class, you know about sun salutations. This 12-step flowing sequence is seen as a base on which to build the entire practice. It originated with Ashtanga Yoga, which was taught to Patthabhi Jois, who as a young man […]

7 ways to Celebrate the Summer Solstice

7 ways to Celebrate the Summer Solstice

Today, June 21, is the summer solstice — the longest day of the year. After today, the days gradually get shorter until the winter solstice on December 21, when the cycle turns again. In my yoga community, many studios celebrate the day with a practice […]

My own story about depression and anxiety

My own story about depression and anxiety

I am a yoga teacher who takes antidepressants. Yeah. Those two things just go hand-in-hand like peas and carrots, don’t they?   To clarify, I was taking antidepressant medications for a few years before I started practicing yoga. And I’ve been on them for over […]

Is yoga Christian?

Is yoga Christian?

Several years ago, I had a brief conversation with a woman who is a strict Christian. I happened to mention that I taught yoga, and she immediately put up her hands, as if to ward off evil. “Oh no, I don’t want any of that […]

Crystals, incense, mala beads, Sanskrit: what are these things?

Crystals, incense, mala beads, Sanskrit: what are these things?

Walking into a yoga studio for the first time can be intimidating. If you are new to yoga, the studio can seem like a strange place. It may smell weird, because of burning sage or incense. There might be unfamiliar symbols on the walls, maybe […]

Making peace with pigeon, my nemesis pose

Making peace with pigeon, my nemesis pose

I’ve written about nemesis poses before. You know what those are: the poses you absolutely hate. Of course those are the ones that have the most to teach you, so the generally accepted rule is that your nemesis pose is the one you should practice […]

A Gentle Yoga Practice

A Gentle Yoga Practice

Back in January I wrote about the power of gentleness: If you want to make changes, you have to be gentle with yourself. This 30-minute practice with mantras and affirmations will help you treat yourself gently.   Begin standing in Mountain Pose. Bring your hands […]

9 Different types of yoga, in my own words

9 Different types of yoga, in my own words

Here are my own brief descriptions of the different types of yoga, based on my experience with practice and teaching. You, dear reader, can easily Google “Hatha yoga” and get a specific, scientific, precise, history-backed definition, so please do that if you need. These descriptions […]