One of my favorite architects is Antonio Gaudí, and every time I practice bridge pose I’m reminded of his quote: “There are no straight lines or sharp corners in nature. Therefore, buildings must have no straight lines or sharp corners.” Read the full article here.

Everyone wants better balance, whether as a means to live life fearlessly or to perform a challenging pose. Balance has been correlated with core work, but one question I ask my students is what is touching the floor? The core certainly plays a role, but balance truly starts with the feet. If the muscles of the feet aren’t able to adapt to the changes in weight shift or after certain physical disturbances, then how can we stay upright? This article explores three ways to improve balance that can be added to your practice to enhance your balancing poses as well as overall stability. Read the full article here.

Graduating from yoga teacher training is exciting. However, figuring out how to take your newly gained skills to the next level can also be daunting. During your training, you were in a supportive and lively environment while learning how to teach. Once you graduate, that space dissolves and you can feel lonely and downright bewildered about what to do next. Read the full article here.

Refine Your Yoga Practice: 3 Unique Ways to Prop Revolved Triangle Pose

By: Allison Schleck ERYT-500, RPYT Tweet

Parivrtta Trikonasana (Revolved Triangle Pose) exhibits a high degree of finesse when executed well. It is a seemingly straightforward standing pose, but while practicing it, one’s awareness is utterly consumed by effort and attention to detail. The limbs are fully extended, the torso revolves while the spine lengthens, and balance is constantly tested. Read the full article here.

Make “L” Handstand Accessible: 4 Yoga Poses to Build Your Skills

By: Allison Schleck ERYT-500, RPYT

“L” Handstand is an introductory inverted pose for seasoned practitioners that builds strength, stability, and stamina. It is the midway point between standing on your feet in Tadasana (Mountain Pose) and standing on your hands in Adho Mukha Vrksasana (Handstand Pose). Read the full article here.

Have you noticed that sometimes sequences oriented toward arm balances can be so challenging that by the time you get to the actual fun of the arm balance itself your wrists and shoulders are kind of shot? That’s why I came up with this crow sequence. Check it out: Even though it’s challenging, I guarantee that it won’t waste your wrists and shoulders! Read the full article here.

Tittibhasana, or firefly pose, is an arm balance I’ve been working on for ages, often with very little satisfaction—until recently. But, little by little, my years of study, practice, and cue analysis have finally coalesced into some satisfying progress. One of my favorite personal discoveries (though I’m sure someone else discovered it before I did) is propping the pose at the wall. This version doesn’t make tittibhasana exactly easy, but it does offer enough direction and support so a struggling firefly can take flight with strength and courage. Read the full article here.

Yoga props breathe life into your practice. On occasion as a yoga teacher, I have seen firsthand the resistance to using props in one’s practice. As a student there certainly have been times where I’ve said to myself, “I don’t need to use a block for this pose.” As I move deeper into my practice and as I continue to practice over the years, I find that using props helps keep my yoga practice interesting. If you are unsure whether or not to use props, here are five reasons to incorporate yoga props into your practice and teaching. Read the full article here.

Eka pada koundinyasana II (one-legged Sage Koundinya’s pose II, sometimes known as “flying splits”) is an arm balance that challenges the practitioner’s body and mind at every moment. One way to make this pose more accessible is to use props. Read the full article here.

A key part of being a warrior is challenging yourself in new ways, which can be a lot of fun if you take a playful and exploratory approach. Try these expressions of virabhadrasana ll (warrior ll) using a chair as a prop to see if you can challenge what you know to be true about this asana. You just might gain new insight into some of the subtler dynamics at work in this “everyday” pose and how you work with them. Read the full article here.