a blog by Ellen Davies

Yoga

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? […]

Yoga for weary travelers

Yoga for weary travelers

So you’ve been traveling, dealing with airlines and crowds, dragging your wheelie suitcase and lugging a tote bag, eating lousy food and drinking bad coffee. You’re spent. You’ve finally made it to your hotel room. You, my dear, need yoga!   But what if your […]

What is Yin yoga?

What is Yin yoga?

I am excited to announce that I am now certified to teach Yin yoga. “That’s great,” you’re thinking to yourself. “But what the heck is Yin yoga?” Yin yoga doesn’t conform easily to the so-called elevator pitch, but I will do my best to describe […]

Ten things for new yogis to stop worrying about

Ten things for new yogis to stop worrying about

We all have worries, but your yoga practice shouldn’t be one of them. If you’re a new yogi, here are some ways to overcome any worries you may have about starting.    I’m intimidated to go in to a studio because I don’t know anything […]

Do the words “hatha” and “vinyasa” mean anything anymore?

Do the words “hatha” and “vinyasa” mean anything anymore?

Have you noticed that sometimes it’s hard to pick a yoga class? The words “hatha” and “vinyasa” don’t always mean the same thing, from one studio to the next, and even from one teacher to the next. Recently I took one of each class at […]

Yoga injuries: wrist pain

Yoga injuries: wrist pain

The most common yoga injuries are injuries of repetition. How do I know this is true? Because I’ve hurt my wrist. Again. I practiced vinyasa yoga on Saturday. The sun salutations and chaturangas felt really good. I haven’t done them in a long time, and […]

Friday favorites: The best yoga mat

Friday favorites: The best yoga mat

One of the most frequently asked questions is: What is the best yoga mat? My preference is for Jade Harmony yoga mats. They are made locally (near me in PA) from all-natural rubber. Jade mats contain no PVC, EVA or other synthetic rubber. The company plants […]

Modifications are good for your teacher

Modifications are good for your teacher

When you take a yoga class, how much do you modify? My post from the other day, about ending up in the “wrong” yoga class, got me thinking about modifications. Many people don’t modify, which frustrates me as a teacher. No matter how often I […]

Yoga props: do you use them?

One of my yoga teacher friends used to say: Yoga props are your friends, and it’s always good to have a friend by your side. I love that saying. But some yogis are resistant and don’t use props. I have helpfully sorted them into categories. […]

“I can’t even touch my toes!”

“I can’t do yoga–I can’t even touch my toes!” If I had a nickel for every time I’ve heard that line from someone, I would have a lot of nickels. This seems to be the most common deflecting response when some people hear that I’m […]