Pose of the Week: Bakasana, Crane Pose

Bakasana, or Crane pose, is perfect for those just beginning their arm balancing journey, and is probably the first arm balance you will be exposed to in a yoga class. That being said, it is not an easy pose! It's requires a lot of strength in the wrists, arms, shoulders, abdominals, and hip flexors. Crow pose, on the other hand, is a slightly easier variation of Crane, and we can look at that in this post as well, as it's a wonderful starting off point for full Bakasana. Crane Pose (Bakasana): Step 1: Begin with palms flat on the mat, shoulder distance, fingers spread, pointer fingers pointing straight forward and elbows rolling toward one another. This is your foundation, so be strong and

Get Better Night's Rest with these Sleep Hacks

Do you have a hard time falling asleep at night? I used to find myself tossing and turning in bed for hours before actually being able to crash out, and it was exhausting. I'd wake up the next day feeling groggy and grumpy and less productive no matter how many cups of coffee I downed. Sleep is such a precious component to our overall health and wellness. We're happier, sharper, and stronger when we get adequate sleep every night. I finally got tired of being so tired and knew something needed to change, so I started doing a few simple things differently at night, and it has truly made the world of a difference. Not only do I fall asleep faster and feel more rested during the day, but I wake

Understanding Yamas: Asteya

Asteya, the third Yama. In Sanskrit, the language of yoga, asteya translates to "non-stealing," or the ability to resist a desire for that which does not belong to us. This yama gets easily overlooked because most of us aren't thieves in the traditional sense and thus don't believe it much pertains to us. While this of course does mean we should refrain from shoplifting or borrowing something with no intention of returning it, asteya also includes stealing energy, attention, time, peace, or the present moment away from ourselves and others. We're all guilty of this at some point or other. Generally if a person is stealing (energetically or otherwise) it's because the mind is suffering in som

Pose of the Week: Pigeon/Eka Pada Rajakapotasana

Eka Pada Rajakapotasana Eka Pada Rajakapotasana, also known as One Foot King Pigeon Pose (or Pigeon Pose for short) is a deep hip opener and backbend. Many of us think of Pigeon as that pose where we put one shin forward and fold over that leg, which is a wonderful variation that I love and teach, but in this particular post we'll explore the full, traditional posture in all it's back-bending glory. Let's enter Pigeon step-by-step, so when you're practicing yourself, you can stop at the place your body tells you is currently appropriate. HOW TO: Step 1: Starting in downward facing dog, bring your right knee to the mat beside your right wrist and sink your hips onto the floor. Situate yoursel

Yogi Musings: Sacred Simplicity

I'm currently lying in bed, drinking my coffee with a novel to my right and a sweet sleeping baby boy to my left. It's quiet in the house, aside from the sound of running water from the fish tank and a clang or clatter here and there from Sean bustling about in the kitchen. I can feel Connor's quiet, smooth breath on my skin, the warmth of the sun beaming through the window, hitting my bare shoulders. It's beautiful. Simple and sacred. I often think of how the beauty of simplicity gets lost in our busy lives. In an age where faster is better, louder is stronger, and constant movement is always praised, it's easy to rush through the still moments. We believe there's always something better to

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