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How to Stand Tall in Tadasana

There is more to Tadasana, or Mountain Pose, than meets the eye. One of the sayings I’ve heard about this seemingly simple pose that resonates with me and applies to many of yoga’s foundational asanas is,  “Master the hard stuff in the easy poses, so that the hard poses become easy.” While those with an…

You’ve Heard of WODs, But WTF Are YODs?!

As CrossFit’s WODs (Workout of the Day) become more and more popular even among those outside of a box (lingo for a CrossFit meeting place), the idea of pushing the body to great limits in a short period of time is expanding into a new and somewhat unexpected arena. The YOD – a power yoga…

How to Perform Ardha Matsyendrasana (Half Lord of the Fishes)

Ardha Matsyendrasana, or Half Lord of the Fishes, is a spinal twist with roots in the beginning days of Hatha Yoga. The pose is named for the founder of Hatha and one of only 84 of the maha siddhas (master practitioners said to have magical abilities), Matsyendra. Depending on which source you consult, this legendary…

How to Perform Rabbit Pose

Rabbit pose, or Sasangasana, is usually found in the opening or closing portions of a sequence and helps to lengthen the spine. In addition to the back, this asana also stretches the arms and shoulders. Many yogis and yoginis tout stimulating the endocrine and immune systems as among the pose’s benefits. How to Perform Rabbit…

Troubleshooting Lower Back Pain from Sitting

One of the greatest health hazards out there may be something you do too much of every day – prolonged sitting. If you have a desk job, this is an issue that may be difficult to get around. Sitting for eight or more hours per day has been linked to a wealth of health issues,…

Improve Your Posture with this Simple Yoga Pose

Good posture isn’t just for balancing books on your head while you walk; standing or sitting tall can actually improve the quality of your life. According to the American Physical Therapy Association, “It promotes movement efficiency and endurance and contributes to an overall feeling of well-being.” All of that sounds great, and improving your posture…

Bend, Don’t Break with Swaying Palm Tree Pose

Swaying Palm Tree pose, known in Sanskrit as either Tiryaka Tadasana or Tiryaka Tala-Vrikshasana, is a standing side bend appropriate for all levels of yoga practice. It can be a gentle lean from side-to-side as an opener to promote length along the sides of the body or it can be modified for a intense side-bending-not-breaking…

Five Signs You Have Advanced in Your Yoga Practice

While many people find their way to yoga through a focus on physical benefits, there is far more to a yoga practice than achieving a headstand or touching your head with your foot in a back bend. The truth of the matter is that only a small percentage of practicing yogis can achieve some of…

How to Perform Boat Pose

Boat Pose, or Navasana, is a move you find not only in yoga but in a variety of other fitness modes as well, including boot camps and Pilates. While it is most commonly revered for its strengthening of the core muscles, Boat Pose also builds up the hip flexors that provide support to the lumbar…

How to Start a Yoga Practice

For both my weight loss and muscle building clients, one recommendation stays the same. I always encourage them to spend at least one hour a week on yoga. Not only do I feel this helps with mobility – which, in turn, translates to better lifts and range of movement in all workout routines – but…

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