Yoga and Alzheimer's

I teach Chair Yoga to seniors. Students of different shapes, sizes, and mobility levels come to class with their canes, walkers, and wheelchairs. Some are blind and others are hard of hearing, but many have a less visible disability—Alzheimer’s disease. I smile, learn their names, and listen to their stories. Presence is my first and most important tool as a yoga teacher.

Anjali Mudra

Anjali Mudra - Simple Greeting or Divine Salute?

Few positions are more ubiquitous in yoga practice than Anjali Mudra (Prayer Position). We often practice Anjali Mudra to begin and end a class. We begin and end Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation) in Anjali Mudra... Read more

Radical Expansion: 3 Yoga Poses for an Open Heart Space

When we use the term “open-hearted” to describe someone, what comes to mind is a person whose kindness extends to all. We can develop an open heart by practicing qualities such as those listed in the verse 1... Read more

The Season of Giving - How to Keep the Spirit of Generosity All Year Long

One of my clearest, most nostalgic memories from growing up is that of the excitement of Christmas morning. Our parents would round up my two sisters and me so that we could all converge on the living room... Read more

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A person sitting in Lotus Pose (Padmasana) outside in the sunlight, practicing yoga to connect to their subtle body

The Subtle Body Part 2-Reclaiming the Tantric Chakras

The medieval tantrics had some substantially different ideas about the chakra system than those that are currently popular in the West today. This is partly because much of today’s perspective was largely... Read more
A drawing of a flower representing the subtle body that we connect to in yoga

The Subtle Body Part 1-Uprooting How We Think About Chakras

A couple of years ago, while browsing in Barnes and Noble with my son, I noticed a table piled with exotic book-shaped boxes. A sign read: “Chakra balancing kits, $12.99.” The kits contained essential oils,... Read more

How to Practice Ahimsa on the Mat

Most who practice yoga these days have at least heard of the word ahimsa . We might even have read some of the in-depth literature on it, or practiced incorporating the idea of ahimsa—non-harming—into our... Read more

Yoga Teaching: The Wisdom of Not Knowing

This morning a student asked me what should have been a simple question: What should I be feeling in this position? A minute or so later, I’d given her the best non-answer I could. Why a non-answer? First, I’m... Read more

Ayurvedic Tacos for Spring

An Ayurvedic diet takes into account the qualities of the season to optimize health benefits. A cool and damp spring is heavy, slows you down a bit, and can make you feel sad. Your digestion may be sluggish,... Read more

Yoga for the Bendy—Learning to Back Off

My earliest recollection of being an über-bendy person is from when I took ballet lessons. I was about eight years old. The first time we went into side splits and bent forward, I was surprised to see that no... Read more
Yoga and Wellness

Yoga Practice Tips: Let’s Redefine 'Advanced Yoga'

In 30 years of teaching, I can’t even begin to relate how many times I’ve heard people say that they can’t do yoga because they’re not flexible. Similarly, I wish I had a dollar for all the times I’ve heard a... Read more