The Practice


Yoga Poses for Pregnancy

Yoga Poses for that Exhilarating, Exhausting, Incredible Time Called Pregnancy! So, you’re growing a human…..congratulations! Depending on how far along you are, you may be feeling anything from nauseous, to exhausted, to exhilarated, to just ready to be done. But hang in there, you’re in good company! As a mom of three, I vividly remember […]

Yoga: Classical, Modern & Authentic

I helped create Yoga Alliance by serving as the founding President. I learned a lot from the many yogis involved in establishing national standards for yoga teachers. Three of yoga’s then-living masters sent personal representatives: BKS Iyengar, Swami Satchidananda and Yogi Bhajan. Each of them emphasized yogis getting together. In spite of the differences we […]

Healthy Hips

Hip opening workshops are some of the most popular events in the yoga sphere. They shouldn’t be. Never-ending pigeons, long-held frogs, and the constant striving to touch chest to floor in wide-legged seated forward fold, are forcing our hips beyond their natural range of motion. This can cause wear and tear on the joints, and […]

Teaching Yoga, Not Just Alignment

My trauma informed yoga classes are largely made up of postures and breath, with some simple breath movement coordination. I don’t typically bring in philosophy or verbal themes, but my classes are still about more than alignment. How? Of course, alignment has a role in a physical yoga class, for basic safety, and as a tool […]

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!

How to Set Up Your Own Yoga Service Class

Are you a yoga teacher hoping to teach yoga in prisons, at shelters, or to at-risk youth? Starting a yoga service class is no small task. Learn about trauma informed yoga and find ideas on next steps below.

Rock Your Yoga Classes : Session 2 The Cueing Template – Effective Cueing for Yoga Teachers

Cara Bradley, author, teacher, and founder of the award-winning Verge BodyMind shares her experience and proven strategies for moving bodies and inspiring students.