A Short Yoga Sequence to Improve Posture

Slouched over your computer all day long …? Yoga can help overcome some of the detrimental effects that modern life has on our on posture.

Yoga nurtures good posture by lengthening the spine, creating awareness of postural alignment, strengthening the back muscles and fostering the natural curves of the spine.

Have a look at the sequence below designed to foster good posture. Give it a try – it takes less than 10 minutes to do!

Practicing Patience (or Are we there yet mom?)

patience2There are three situations that really test my patience – Walmart, meetings and long drives with my two boys.

Patience is “the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset.”

Yoga has definitely made me more patient. This isn’t to say that I don’t get annoyed by long-winded meeting talk. Or grit my teeth when from the back seat I hear “Are we there yet …?” for the 20th time.

But I have improved over the years. So what is it that has changed? [Read more...]

Sleeping Lord Vishnu Pose (not as restful as it looks!)

This past week,  Jill (check out her site here!) and I were emailing back and forth about this posture, also called – “Pose Dedicated to Lord Vishnu.”  It is not one that I have practiced very much. So I decided to play around and give it a try.  Not as easy as it looks … a few rather ungraceful endings to my pose :)

Have a look at the video below to see how it’s done.

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Gratitude Connects Us

gratitude2Have you ever had an experience that made you think, “wow, humans are awesome…?!” This happened to me at the grocery store. I was completely blown away by a stranger’s kindness.

I had taken my son to buy some popsicles. I stood in line to pay and when my turn came up I realized I had forgotten my wallet. I turned to my little guy to explain that we would have to go back home and couldn’t get the popsicles right then. He expressed his dismay …

A young man working at the store overheard. He turned to us, and asked how much it was. [Read more...]

A Yin Yoga Sequence

Sphinx Pose

Last week I talked about the effects of yoga on our emotional body. It was timely for me. My weekend turned into an emotional one, as I had to say goodbye to my old dog Buddy. He had been sick for some time but it was still hard and very sad.

I felt so grateful for my yoga practice.

Yoga helps me deal with things. For me, Yin yoga is especially effective in creating space to think and let go. It is like chocolate – sweet and comforting. This inward focused practice was exactly what I needed. [Read more...]