The true purpose of yoga was never about contorting your body into a pretzel-like pose or wearing expensive workout clothes. More than a form of physical exercise, yoga is a systematic practice of breathing control, positive thinking, relaxation, and meditation aimed at ensuring harmony of mind, body, and environment.
To counterbalance summer’s heat, Ayurveda recommends favoring foods that are lighter and easy to digest, especially foods that are moist and sweet, bitter or astringent in flavor. To get you started, here’s a short guide to summer pitta-pacifying foods.
Summer is pitta season according to Ayurveda. Here are five (5) tips to help you stay cool this summer.
Once you’ve established a regular time and place for your daily home practice, you can start to vary it to fit your mood, energy level, and physical needs. Whether you prefer practicing in the morning or at night, asking the following three questions daily will guide you in choosing the best practices for you.
You’ve set up your home yoga space, so now what? To help you stay motivated and know what to do once you arrive on your mat, here are eight (8) tips for getting started.
Setting up a dedicated place for a home practice will help motivate you to add yoga to your daily routine. If you haven’t already created a corner in your house for your home yoga practice, here are some ideas to get you started.
If you regularly read the blog or attend my classes, you know I am constantly sharing what the latest research is revealing about how yoga and meditation positively influence our bodies and minds. So, if you are already feeling the benefits from taking a weekly class, why start a home practice?
End of the day and your back is killing you. Sound familiar? No matter the underlying cause of your back pain, dehydration of the discs between the vertebrae can worsen pain. Try this 15-minute Happy Back Practice to rehydrate and soothe your aching back.
Water plays many roles in our bodies, including maintaining electrolyte balance and blood pressure, lubricating joints, regulating body temperature, and promoting cell health. In fact, our bodies are about 70% water, so consuming adequate water daily is essential for optimal health. What you might not know, though, is that water is also critical to the functioning of our spines.
As we get older, poor postural habits can have a domino-effect on our entire bodies stressing joints as well as internal organs of the heart, lungs and digestive tract. Quite often, pain or injury stems from postural imbalances. That is why improving your posture, strength and mobility can help you move more freely with less pain and stiffness. Fortunately, it is never too late to improve your posture.