A woman doing Warrior 2 prep yoga poses sequence

Warrior 2 is practiced regularly in most yoga classes - often transitioned into dynamically from a lunge, or Warrior 1. Like most yoga poses, Warrior 2 has a host of subtle alignment and muscular actions that aren't regularly explored. We think this pose deserves a moment in the limelight and more thorough preparation for yoga students - especially those who are new to the practice. 

Older women in meditation pose

Keys to Making Your Yoga Practice a Lifelong Partner

My lifelong yoga practice began in 1982. I was, of course, much younger then. I don’t know that it ever crossed my mind that I might someday enter my 50s or even my 60s. But once I began practicing asana, from... Read more
Julie Gudmestad practicing hip-opening yoga

Safe Hip Opening for Everyone

Hip openers are a powerful group of poses, but not easily accessible to everyone. In this month's YogaU Practice Series, join renowned yoga teachers Julie Gudmestad, Doug Keller, and Natasha Rizopoulos as they... Read more

Aqua Yoga: For an Accessible Yoga Practice, Just Add Water

The mechanics of maintaining good posture and moving energy in our aging bodies can prove taxing at times. With our senior population expanding, maybe it’s time to look at alternative ways or places to... Read more

Editor's Picks

The Sixth Limb of Yoga: Dharana

Have you ever been so fully focused on what you were doing that the rest of the world seemed to fall away? It might have happened when you were engrossed in a page-turner, playing your favorite instrument,... Read more
An anatomical diagram of the origin of pelvic pain (a literal pain in the butt) and several yoga moves you can do to stretch the area

3 Types of Pain in the Butt (and What You Can Do About Them)

Having a literal pain in the butt is not a fun experience; it can make walking, sitting and sleeping difficult and uncomfortable. It is certainly something that one would want gone as soon as possible, yet... Read more

Yoga for the Wrists: How to Protect Your Wrists in Yoga Practice

One of the most common complaints for beginning yoga students is that their wrists hurt when doing yoga. And no wonder: The wrist is one of the most delicate joints in the body. I remind my yoga students at... Read more

How to Choose a Yoga Style to Fit Your Intention

Yoga is the practice of intention. That doesn’t necessarily mean that your intention has to be enlightenment or world peace (although excellent choices); your intention—or rather your reason for doing yoga—can... Read more
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How Your Breath Affects Your Nervous System

One little known fact about yogic breathing techniques concerns their profound effects on the autonomic nervous system. Extending or lengthening the exhalation is a powerful way to trigger the parasympathetic... Read more

Deepen Your Breath, Soothe Your Mind

From our first inhale to our last exhale, our breath is what sustains us, what gives us life. The process of breathing is unique in that it is one of few automatic bodily functions which we can consciously... Read more

Body Mindfulness - How to Reconnect with the Wholeness of Your Being

As a kid, I was really out of touch with my body. I hardly noticed it most of the time, and when I did, I prodded it like a mule to do a better job of hauling “me”—the head—around. This approach helped me... Read more