3-part yoga practice with ropes to help strengthen and relieve the back in Downward facing dog pose

Wall ropes are a staple in many Iyengar-based yoga studios. Invented by BKS Iyengar, he and his students used them as a prop to support and intensify asana practice. In my exploration, I’ve found both strengthening and therapeutic uses for them, depending on what I’m needing at the moment. 

Yoga for Back Pain: Restore Ease in Mind and Body with Supported Bridge Pose

The practice of yoga addresses all levels of consciousness. In yoga, a distinction is made between the physical body, the energetic body, the mental body, the discriminating mind, and the body of bliss. These... Read more
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New Study Shows Yoga Offers Dramatic Benefits for Chronic Pain and Depression

According to a recent study, hatha yoga and mindfulness can have profound benefits for people struggling with chronic pain and the depression that often accompanies this issue. Chronic pain is a common and... Read more
Yoga students practicing Supine Spinal Twist Pose (Supta Matsyendrasana) for happy and healthy hips

Happy Hips: 3 Yoga Poses to Help Align Your Pelvis

First, my disclaimer: Anatomy is not my strongest suit, but through training, mentoring, and study, I’ve learned enough of the basics to execute and modify yoga postures to work with my body and those of my... Read more
benefits of yoga and mindfulness to help people manage and reduce pain without the use of drugs

A Natural Choice: How Mindfulness Can Help You Manage Pain—without Drugs

Pain is defined as “an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage” and serves as the body’s inherent protective mechanism to: Motivate the individual to pull... Read more
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Pain is Your Friend: A “Painfully Honest” Messenger About Your Yoga Practice

Anyone who is suffering from chronic pain is already saying, “What is this idiot talking about?” Having suffered my own fair share of severe pain, I must say I would gladly have murdered that “friend” and... Read more
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Yoga for Pain Relief Part 2

This post is part two of a series on therapeutic yoga for chronic pain. Part one provided the science behind the mind-body-pain connection and explored the role of the brain in pain, how trauma exacerbates... Read more
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When Savasana Doesn't Feel Relaxing: Three Trauma-Informed Alternatives

Savasana—so many yoga practitioners absolutely love it, and if anything, want it to be longer. There are even t-shirts saying, “I'm only here for Savasana.” Yet this final resting pose, nearly universal in... Read more
Group of yoga students practicing supine reclining yoga twist pose.

Too Much Sitting? 7 Must-Do Stretches to Ease Low Back Pain

These days we all sit too much, often hunched over a keyboard or a smartphone. Sitting puts our joints into a state of sustained flexion, which tightens the muscles that act on those joints. Sitting also... Read more
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Balance Your SI Joint: 3 Yoga Practice Tips

The current evolution of yoga practice, outside of evidence-based yoga therapy practices, is heavily weighted toward Vinyasa or Flow Yoga. While a talented teacher can create a flow sequence that provides a... Read more
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Stone Henge: Back Pain Relief

Savasana (Relaxation Pose) is a welcome respite, the well-deserved dessert after your asana practice. It’s a time of rest and integration, the time when you get to lie still and absorb the benefits of your... Read more