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.

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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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Yoga and Wellness News: Ayurvedic Cookies for Cold Winter Days

Ayurveda, India’s health system which evolved alongside yoga, is a proponent of eating a seasonal diet. Balancing our Diet and our Environment We can balance qualities in our environment through our food... Read more
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Yoga for Back Pain: How to De-Stress Your Back and Neck

Most of us spend most of our days hunched over a keyboard. When we leave work, we hunch over a steering wheel. They we get home and hunch over a cutting board. You get the idea. We spend a whole lot of our... Read more
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Are You a Sensation Junkie? Yoga, Mindfulness, and the Art of Slowing Down

“We are all sensation junkies,” says author and meditation teacher Sylvia Boorstein. We are a culture that craves stimulation, a culture of speed and excitement. Feeding our sensation habit helps us feel more vital. In this thoughtful article, Iyengar yoga Charlotte Bell reflects on how this applies to our yoga practice. When we slow down, we can more easily glimpse the silent mind, the infinite sky of awareness. Read more
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Natasha Rizopoulos: Yoga and the Art of Mindful Living - The Number One Key to Being Present

It’s pretty hard in this day and age not to succumb to the siren call of multi-tasking. There never seems to be enough time to get everything done, so we try to do many things at once- even yoga! Which really... Read more

Forward Bend With Ease

Even if you’re flexible, it’s not that easy to maintain your spine’s natural curves when you sit in Dandasana (Seated Pose). As with every pose, there are as many variations as to how Seated Pose will look as... Read more
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Natasha Rizopoulos on Teaching Yoga: Moving from Louder and Faster to Slower and Quieter

It's easy to get seduced by the sweat of a vigorous, gymnastics-oriented Power Yoga practice and ignore the metaphysical context, writes yoga teacher Natasha Rizopoulos in this blog post. However, as yoga... Read more
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The Art of Practice: Being in a Pose Isn't Yoga

Stumped by Cirque Du Soleil-esque yoga postures and the fact that “normal” people practice them? It is ah-ok. Some poses take practice and patience, writes YogaU teacher Kristin Olson in this post. It’s not... Read more