a blog by Ellen Davies

Yoga

Practicing non-attachment

Practicing non-attachment

Recently I was in San Francisco, staying near Union Square. Because my wrist is injured, I couldn’t practice asana. So I focused on what I could practice, and that was non-attachment, or Aparigraha.   I love taking classes when I travel (you may remember that […]

Heart openers for Valentine’s Day

Heart openers for Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day! To honor the day, here are some simple yoga asanas you can do to help open your heart. These asanas can be done by anyone, and they are especially good for beginners. They can even be done during a break in your […]

A 10-minute practice to ease low back pain

A 10-minute practice to ease low back pain

People often ask me how (or why) I started yoga. I started for the same reason as a lot of people: low back pain. My first yoga class was about 20 years ago, and I don’t remember much about the class itself, but I do […]

Doing your own thing in a yoga class

Doing your own thing in a yoga class

Today I want to write about a Yoga Teacher Problem. Every so often, you get someone in your class who seems to be doing her own thing. She’s not following your cues. She is in her own little world, moving into Wild Thing when you’re cueing […]

A quick guide for using the bandhas

A quick guide for using the bandhas

At some point in your yoga journey, you’ll hear a teacher cue the bandhas. If you are new to yoga, the whole concept of bandhas can be confusing. The Sanskrit names can be intimidating, too, or maybe just weird. I remember nearly laughing out loud […]

mindful dog walking — an update

mindful dog walking — an update

Recently I wrote about how I pledged to walk my dog, Zoey, with mindfulness. I thought I would update you on how it’s going.   I was inspired to try this because I’m reading “The Miracle of Mindfulness” by Thich Nhat Hanh. Since I was […]

6 ways to Practice writing

6 ways to Practice writing

Last December, the website Yoganonymous published this article. Since then, Yoganonymous has become Wanderlust, and my article disappeared. Here it is again!   Six Ways To Practice Writing     Writing can be a wonderful outlet for creativity, emotions, and growth. Taking the time each day […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]