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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 […]

A Gentle Story: The North Wind and the Sun

A Gentle Story: The North Wind and the Sun

This morning, still thinking about yesterday’s post on the power of gentleness, I remembered this story. When I was young, my dad would read to me from a big book of Aesop’s fables. This story about the North Wind and the Sun is a good […]

The power of gentleness

The power of gentleness

If you want to make changes, you have to be gentle with yourself. As we lean into this new year, 2018, keep this in mind. If you’ve resolved to learn how to meditate, or take up a yoga practice, gentleness is the way to go […]

Christmas anxiety

Christmas anxiety

Here is my post from last year about holiday anxiety. I thought it was worth reposting! Happy holidays!    This post is all about anxiety. I get holiday anxiety every year. It’s kind of a tradition with me. Ha, ha, get it? Holiday tradition?   […]

Gifts for the yogi in your life

Gifts for the yogi in your life

Welcome to the holiday season, everyone! I’m here today with some gift ideas for the yogi in your life. All my selections can be purchased online, because online shopping is convenient for just about everyone. But I also want to stress the value of shopping […]

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 […]

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 […]