The Winter Solstice: A Guide and Yoga Practice

The Winter Solstice: A Guide and Yoga Practice

The Winter solstice is the first day of winter, and it occurs when the Northern Hemisphere is furthest from the sun. It is the shortest, darkest day of the year, and the longest night of the year. This year, the Winter Solstice falls on December 21st, and it marks a...
Exploring the Fifth Chakra: The Vishuddha Chakra

Exploring the Fifth Chakra: The Vishuddha Chakra

In the spring I started exploring the chakras, working my way from the bottom up. I taught a series of classes themed around the chakras, starting with the root chakra. I got up to the heart chakra and then got sidetracked, did some traveling, and never got back to...
Mantra Meditation With a Mala

Mantra Meditation With a Mala

If you’ve ever started or ended a yoga class with “Om”, then you have chanted mantra! Yay! Mantra is a Sanskrit word derived from two roots: man, meaning “mind”, and trai, meaning to “protect”, to “free from”, or “instrument/tool”. So mantras are...
The Things We Value

The Things We Value

I went to a wonderful yoga class over the weekend, led by a beautiful friend, in which he invited us to think about the things we value. He used an analogy of a spiritual bank and invited us to envision a stock market ticker – where the stock on the things we...
Yoga Nidra Guide

Yoga Nidra Guide

Commonly known as yogic sleep, Yoga Nidra is a meditation and conscious relaxation practice that brings about complete physical, mental, and emotional relaxation. The practice brings you into a place between wakefulness and asleep – a sleepless sleep, if you...
Yoga for Stress Relief

Yoga for Stress Relief

Stress is unavoidable, and to be honest, it’s not always a bad thing. Stress plays an important role in creativity, motivation, and our survival instincts. However, stress can be extremely harmful when it becomes overwhelming. Unfortunately, overwhelmingly...