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4 Conditions That Yoga Can Help Alleviate

Yoga is a body and mental practice involving different postures, breathing methods, relaxation, and meditation. Regular yoga practice promotes strength, calmness, well-being, and endurance. As one of the world’s most popular forms of exercise, yoga rose from an approach partially appearing in ancient texts to a mainstream concept recommended by doctors and other health practitioners. […]

Yoga for Healing, Trauma and Deep Suffering

On June 7, 2021, my life changed forever when the devastating disease of mental illness took my son’s life. My dear son was just 21 years old. Tommy, as we called him, was a typical 21-year-old. In his second year of college, he was a competitive mountain biker and loved nature. He was a perfectionist […]


This past year, while having more time to reflect at home, I created a sequence of poses that combine ashtanga and vinyasa principles. Similar to the ashtanga practice, the sequence never changes. It also emphasizes a dhristi (gaze) in every pose and a consistent ujjayi breath (victorious breath). This practice includes 30 basic to intermediate poses. (some […]

Yoga for Better Sleep

According to Consumer Reports, 164 million Americans struggle with sleep at least once a week. As a yoga teacher, this subject repeatedly arises with my students. For me, the number one long-term help with sleepless nights is a steady commitment to the practice of yoga. Yoga relaxes your mind, releasing toxins and stress from the body. Savasana […]

The Koshas

We often seek refuge on our mats to stretch and calm the mind. As we expand our yoga practice, we learn that yoga is much more than this. By exploring the koshas, we can move beyond the physical and mental practice. The koshas are a term in yoga that refers to 5 layers, or sheaths […]

Awareness of the Subtle Body

Through meditation and mindfulness, we learn to become more aware of what yogis and mystics call the subtle body. In brief, the subtle body is a vast system of energy centers. Yogis of the past were able to label this inner dimension by extensive practice in meditation and mindfulness. Through meditation, they were able to […]

Purification of the 5 Elements ( Buttha Shudi)

Buttha Shudi is a yogic practice to purify the elements. All matter, living and nonliving, contain all of the 5 elements: earth, water, fire, air, and ether or space (akasha). Below are recommendations for the purification of all 5 elements. With these practices, we are more likely to be free from sickness and disease. Try […]

The Yamas

The Yamas are the first of the 8 limbs of yoga. They concern our relationship with self and others. Practicing the first limb of yoga, the Yamas expands our practice beyond the mat. Below you will see the 5 Yamas and ideas for practicing each one. Also, you may want to try a yoga class […]