a blog by Ellen Davies

Yoga

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 […]

Ahimsa and releasing pain from the past

Ahimsa and releasing pain from the past

In the spiritual practices of yoga, called the yamas and niyamas, the first yama is ahimsa. The word ahimsa translates to mean non-violence, compassion for yourself and others, and non-pain. Now, that “non-violence” part is easy, because most of us aren’t violent humans. Most of […]

Four Ways To Increase Your Creativity

Four Ways To Increase Your Creativity

Have you been feeling stuck lately? Sometimes we just feel blah and uninspired. Here are four ways to shake off the same-old, same-old and spark creative inspiration.   Get moving. Are you sitting and staring at a blank page? Start moving your body. Take a […]

Five yoga poses to help unlock creativity

Five yoga poses to help unlock creativity

One of the things we do in my Writing and Yoga workshops is focus on the throat chakra, the center of your creativity. The issues of the second chakra include communication—listening, speaking, and finding your true voice. In my workshops, one of the goals is to […]

Envy, inferiority, and the Practice of Asteya

Envy, inferiority, and the Practice of Asteya

The other day I wrote so confidently about aparigraha — non-covetousness, non-collecting. It was easy for me to walk away from the tempting shops in San Francisco. I didn’t need to buy anything. But a few days later, I realized I was still coveting something. […]

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 […]