Yoga & Pranayama

  • Pose of the Day: Warrior III
    • Yoga & Pranayama
    • January 16, 2018
    Pose of the Day: Warrior III

    Warrior III (Virabhadrasana III) gets its name from its strong energy and the resilience it develops through practice.

    It challenges our balance and perspective as we stand on one leg and gaze straight down to the earth beneath. This posture embodies the warrior energy, to stand steady and stable we must also be soft and still in our mind and body.

  • Applying the 8 Limbs of Yoga to Modern Day
    • Yoga & Pranayama
    • January 15, 2018
    Applying the 8 Limbs of Yoga to Modern Day

    Many years ago, an Indian sage named Patanjali wrote a now famous treatise called The Yoga Sutras. This document offers a blueprint for living a life filled with joy, peace, and satisfaction. Who doesn’t want more of these in their life?

  • Yoga Sequence to Burn Fat and Balance Kapha
    • Yoga & Pranayama
    • January 05, 2018
    Yoga Sequence to Burn Fat and Balance Kapha

    Let me be clear, I hate that fat has a bad reputation. Fat isn’t bad. Fatty tissues help protect our organs, lubricate our joints, and store hormones so we can carry babies and breastfeed our little ones. Fat helps us stay satiated after a meal. Fat fuels our brains. Fat is wonderful. Now that we’re clear on the goodness fat offers us, let’s address the concern with having too much fat.

  • Pose of the Day: Cobra Pose
    • Yoga & Pranayama
    • December 26, 2017
    Pose of the Day: Cobra Pose

    Cobra Pose (Bhujangasana) is the antidote to our device operating, chair bound, societal ways. It is a back-bending asana where the majority of the movement comes from the thoracic spine, a place where our culture has become limited in motion. With its expansiveness across the chest, it earns its merit as a “heart opener,” but its name “cobra” comes from its shape, which is reflective of a serpent. 

  • Sacred Yoga to Draw Your Energy Inward
    • Yoga & Pranayama
    • December 20, 2017
    Sacred Yoga to Draw Your Energy Inward

    I live in New York City— the city that never sleeps. I first learned yoga here 36 years ago, but unlike many of today’s New Yorkers that I see on the street and the subway, I am not carrying my yoga mat bag and heading off to a daily class. I practice yoga at home.

  • Pose of the Day: Child’s Pose
    • Yoga & Pranayama
    • December 12, 2017
    Pose of the Day: Child’s Pose

    The relaxing Child’s Pose (Balasana) is a profoundly restorative posture for the body, mind, and heart.

  • Pose of the Day: Cat-Cow
    • Yoga & Pranayama
    • December 02, 2017
    Pose of the Day: Cat-Cow

    Cat-Cow is actually two poses that combine together to create the common mini-sequence known as Cat-Cow. This sequence is designed to help lubricate and warm the spine. We use both flexion and extension to restore the space between each vertebra and support the supple nature of the spine.

  • Pose of the Day: Cow Face Pose
    • Yoga & Pranayama
    • November 27, 2017
    Pose of the Day: Cow Face Pose

    Cow Face Pose (Gomukhasana) derives its name from the shape that the body makes. Just imagine, the arms are the ears and the legs are the mouth of the cow. The meaning of the Sanskrit name Gomukhasana breaks down as go (cow), and mukha (face).
     

  • Pose of the Day: Downward-Facing Dog
    • Yoga & Pranayama
    • November 15, 2017
    Pose of the Day: Downward-Facing Dog

    If we asked a dog how it felt to be in this asana, their answer might be like ours. We feel a stretch through the back of our legs, along our spinal muscles, and around our shoulders. It feels amazing after sitting for long periods of time and is a superb way to prep the body for more movement. 

  • Pose of the Day: Standing Forward Fold
    • Yoga & Pranayama
    • November 06, 2017
    Pose of the Day: Standing Forward Fold

    Welcome to the first article in our new series, Pose of the Day! In this series, we will explore common yoga postures and their effects on the doshas, bodily systems, and energy pathways.

  • 3 Must Do Yoga Poses for Lower Back Pain
    • Yoga & Pranayama
    • September 21, 2017
    3 Must Do Yoga Poses for Lower Back Pain

    Back pain? You really should consider yoga. Of the myriad of positive outcomes resulting from a consistent yoga practice, relief from lower back pain is at the top of the list. 

  • Everyday Yoga Designed for Your Dosha
    • Yoga & Pranayama
    • September 19, 2017
    Everyday Yoga Designed for Your Dosha

    Here are three yoga sequences that are especially good at balancing one particular dosha. Choose from these sequences, or mix and match the postures to create your own unique asana flow.

  • One Yoga Move that Will Change Your Life
    • Yoga & Pranayama
    • September 07, 2017
    One Yoga Move that Will Change Your Life

    Anjali mudra evokes the qualities of being present and grateful. Whether you are new to the practice, or have been a yogi for many lifetimes, Anjali mudra can change your life. 

  • Staying Cool with the Help of the Moon
    • Yoga & Pranayama
    • July 26, 2017
    Staying Cool with the Help of the Moon

    How can we stay cool with the help of the moon? How can we harmonize Divine Feminine and Divine Masculine energies within us no matter if we are in a male or female body? It’s as easy as understanding the energetics of the left and right nostrils.

  • Releasing Anger Through Restorative Yoga
    • Yoga & Pranayama
    • July 20, 2017
    Releasing Anger Through Restorative Yoga

    Anger is a natural human emotion. For most of us it feels uncomfortable and challenging, yet it can’t be wished away. Yoga offers us skillful techniques to constructively work with anger rather than deny or repress it.

  • The Transformative Power of Just One Yoga Class
    • Yoga & Pranayama
    • May 24, 2017
    The Transformative Power of Just One Yoga Class

    Even one yoga class has extraordinary transformative power if you are fully attentive. By having full presence at any given moment, one can arrive to acceptance, trust, and clarity.  We can carry forth these attributes into daily life; to our communities and our loved ones. We become refreshed and have more to offer. Taking time and space to nourish ourselves through yoga and Ayurveda is never a selfish act. Rather, it is a way to harmonize physically, mentally, and emotionally.

  • 20 Minute Kapha Balancing Yoga Sequence
    • Yoga & Pranayama
    • January 24, 2017
    20 Minute Kapha Balancing Yoga Sequence

    We need kapha in order to find stability, balance, and rest. However, having a kapha-predominant prakriti can also maintain qualities of heaviness, slowness, densness, cloudiness, and viscous accumulation. When looking at an exercise routine to kick kapha into gear, it’s a great idea to choose a practice that will move the body.

  • 10 Yoga Poses for Relaxation & Calming
    • Yoga & Pranayama
    • August 24, 2016
    10 Yoga Poses for Relaxation & Calming

    Here are ten simple postures that can support the parasympathetic nervous system (rest and digest system) and create a sense of calm. Give them a try the next time you’re feeling out of sorts.

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