The Practice


Yoga: Alternative Lifestyle or Mainstream?

I was presenting at a yoga conference, gathering feedback from yoga teachers about the founding of Yoga Alliance, while serving as the founding President. One woman was concerned that the new Yoga Alliance would make yoga mainstream, “If yoga becomes mainstream, I’ll have to quit!”

Something for (Almost) Everyone

How can a power/vinyasa trained yoga instructor offer a more accessible class? My 200-hour yoga teacher training is in power vinyasa yoga, but I teach in a variety of settings where it’s essential to make classes accessible to a broader range of experience levels that usually appear in a yoga studio class.

Yoga & Privilege

“Privilege: a special right, advantage or immunity granted or available to only a particular person or group of people” (Google dictionary)

While it’s nice to imagine we all teach yoga from a neutral place, our life experiences – including those of privilege or lack thereof – shape us. In yoga service classes, I sometimes work with people who have had substantially different access to privilege than me. How does my identity influence what I offer? What do I do to minimize negative impact?

2017 Holiday Gift Guide for Yogis

Something for me, and something for you! We’ve compiled a list of some awesome products and experiences that any yogi would be thrilled with this holiday season.  So whether you’re shopping for someone else, or you need to help someone find a gift for you, we’ve got options!

The Yoga Enthusiast’s Guide to Pain-Free Practice

Yoga is a powerful practice that can benefit your mind, body, and spirit. Check out Boiron’s helpful tips to help you avoid injuries on the mat, and yoga techniques to address common aches and pains.

Spiritual Bypass

In a recent conversation, I was surprised to hear a woman who considers herself a new-age spiritual teacher say something like, “with enlightenment, we don’t have to care about the worldly stuff anymore.”  I noted a distinct air of superiority in her tone, as if she had finally risen above the need to get involved in the mundane affairs of living as a human being here on Earth at this time.

Yoga and Clementines

It is simple and perfect: yoga. It is simple and perfect: a clementine orange. As my field placement for graduate school, I work at a refugee resettlement service agency. Working in the wellness department, I have the opportunity to lead trauma-sensitive yoga classes, and what I have found is a constant reminder of how perfectly simple yoga can be when we are willing to let go of all the trappings.

Meditation 101 – Tips to Getting Started

Meditation has an extraordinary number of benefits. Not only is great for your mental health, but it can impact your physical health as well.  Whether you are new to meditation or just getting back into your practice, it can be hard to feel motivated and get comfortable. Here are a few tips to help make things a little easier and improve your meditation so you can get the most from your practice.

Clinical Trial Shows Benefit of Yoga for Side Effects of Prostate Cancer Treatment

Yoga will benefit cancer patients!  This is not new information to those of us that practice yoga regularly as we realize that yoga can help just about anything.  But a formal study backing this up is new.  We’re excited to share this release from this Penn study that shows twice-weekly yoga led to better physical, sexual, emotional, and social health.