Urdhva dhanurasana, or upward bow pose (also known as wheel), is a deep backbend requiring lots of strength and mobility. It also asks your body to move in ways quite different from typical daily movement patterns: lying on the ground on your back, pushing into your hands and feet to lift your body off the floor and into a backbend—and then looking at the world from that inverted vantage point. Read the full article here.

Yoga teachers frequently talk about stretching the hamstrings, and more recently, strengthening them. In stark contrast, the lower leg muscles—and the calves in particular—aren’t addressed nearly as much…. Read the full article here.

When it comes to propping poses, I always ask myself, “Why prop?” The answer is never simple, and it always depends on my objective for practicing or teaching an asana.

With challenging, seemingly inaccessible poses, one answer would be to use props simply to get into them. However, that answer can be incomplete, because I often find props valuable even when I don’t need them to access a pose. Read the full article here.

Use a Chair to Progress Towards a Handstand Press!

 

So, you’ve mastered hopping up into handstand and holding it in the middle of the room. Now you’ve set your sights on pressing up into a handstand. You place your hands on the floor, shift your weight into your hands, your feet lift off the floor, and…you’ve done it.

Wait a minute. Did that actually happen for you? Read the full article here.

Good quality sleep is crucial for good health. With approaching deadlines, important meetings, exams on the horizon, and the regular hustle and bustle of life, sleep can disappear from the scene. Lacking adequate rest, we feel physically sluggish and mentally fatigued. Read the full article here.

Over the course of five years, I had the pleasure of getting to know Jessica Lillian—first as her yoga teacher, and then as a friend. I watched her fall in love with her practice and then go on to become a teacher herself. Now, she works in the field of trauma-informed yoga, teaching yoga to survivors of domestic violence and abuse. read the full article here.

5 Empowering Prenatal Yoga Poses

Prenatal yoga is one of my favorite classes to teach. Mamas have a heightened sense of awareness and are carrying and nourishing new life inside their own. It’s a natural physiological process but also quite magical. This is one of my latest articles for expecting moms to empower their practice and themselves during this special time in their life. Read my article in Yoga International.

Beginning a Handstand Practice

“Step Up to Handstand” is my latest article to post on Yoga International’s website. Handstand is one of those love ’em or leave ’em poses. As a yoga professional,  I enjoy exploring the gray areas. The gray area for handstand is how to approach this pose without fear and to plan to sustainable way to practice this pose long term. Stepping up to handstand is one of the best methods to learning how to invert the body while also creating the strength required to hold and maintain yourself balanced over your hands. The best part is that you don’t have to kick up at all.  There is no momentum, just steady, reliable, hard work.  Check it out.