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
A woman in Upward Facing Dog (Urdhva Mukha Shvanasana), healthy alignment

Keys to Healthy Alignment in Downward Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana) and Upward Dog (Urdhva Mukha Svanasana)

The dog poses, Downward-Facing Dog ( Adho Mukha Svanasana ) and Upward-Facing Dog ( Urdvha Mukha Svanasana ), are among the most commonly practiced postures in yoga classes. For some people, they are freeing... 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

Yoga for Every Body: Picture of an Ordinary Yogi

A few weeks ago, I was asked to model in a photo shoot for a training manual for yoga teacher trainees. Color me tickled (and terrified!) to be asked to be a part of this photo shoot! For starters, it still... Read more

Free Online Yoga Video! Natasha Rizopoulos: Keys to Core Stability – Two Postures to Transform Your Practice

In yoga, we hear a lot about the core, and the importance of core strength. But what exactly is the core and what does it mean to cultivate core strength in a balanced way? In this yoga practice video, Natasha... Read more
Is Yoga Medicine

Honoring Your Boundaries

I was 50 minutes into a 90-minute hot yoga class when I knew something was wrong. Actually I knew 15 minutes into class; I just chose to ignore it. At 50 minutes though, there was a real problem. As I moved... Read more
yoga props

Think Outside the Block: A Guide to Innovative Yoga Props

One of the beautiful things about yoga is that you need nothing but yourself to practice. It doesn’t matter where you are in the world, whether at the seashore on a vast expanse of sand or squeezed between a... Read more

Trade Your Stress for Your Breath

“Soft surrender is as important as hard work.” This mantra helps me function as a yoga teacher, Ayurvedic lifestyle counselor and writer with optimal vitality, ease, and creativity. It also makes a great... Read more

How Can You Tell Whether Your Yoga Teacher Knows What She is Doing?

Nowadays everybody seems to be an expert on everything. For example, I am amazed at the number of tweets routinely featured and quoted in media even if they come from people with no measurable expertise on the... Read more