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.

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.

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.