Make sure your yoga practice is helping, not hurting, your back

  A yoga practice with too much emphasis on aggressive forward bending can be risky, particularly if the student has tight hamstrings and a flattened curve in the lower back. A well-constructed yoga routine, however, can be an ideal way to learn to stretch without creating or exacerbating back pain, and a chance to practice […]

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Full Moon Women’s Retreat

July 10 – July 13, 2014
The Yoga Lodge on Whidbey Island, San Juan Islands WA

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Yoga Therapy for Arthritis Pain

  Arthritis refers to several distinctive types of diseases and infections whose common symptoms are the inflammation of the joints. The most prevalent ones are osteoarthritis, a degenerative disease associated with aging and rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disease affecting younger people. In some cases it can be the outcome of a trauma or the symptom […]

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Yoga and Stress

The next time you see your doctor, you may want to ask for a prescription – for yoga. Yoga is rapidly becoming more and more popular.   It builds strength and flexibility, but more importantly it can affect your general health and outlook on life. The body normally runs itself automatically with the autonomic nervous system […]

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Just Breathe

Pranayama – Just Breathe

JUST BREATHE. Breathing is an essential part of practicing yoga. The Sanskrit word  “pranayama” means control of life force (the breath).Your breath unifies your mind and body, balances opposing energies, and helps your body move safely into yoga poses. Through proper breathing, your metabolism and health begin to improve. You become more centered and deepen […]

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A Brief History of Modern Yoga

The word “yoga” was first mentioned in the ancient India Rig Veda text around 3,000 B.C.  Most of the 5,000 years since then, yoga was primarily a meditative practice.  The yoga that you and I know really only dates back about 100 years.  Even though there are now countless types of yoga, they all relate […]

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Yoga Therapy for Migraines

Migraine headaches affect more than 28 million Americans, and about 75% are women. I believe that yoga practice can help reduce the frequency and intensity of migraine headaches. A migraine headache can cause intense throbbing or pulsing in one area of the head and is commonly accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to light […]

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Om Meditate

1. Om: Begin your practice with the chant om. 2. Meditation: Sit in a comfortable cross-legged position. Place your palms on your thighs. Open your eyes about halfway and rest your gaze on the floor five feet in front of you. Focus your attention on the breath. Whenever you realize you’ve gotten caught up in […]

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Guys Really Do Need Yoga!

When you mention yoga to most guys they think of women from the 1970s in purple leotards and pink leg warmers doing some passive form of stretching. Or maybe they think about some far-out guy chanting. Those images probably do not appeal to most guys. When I mention that I teach yoga to male acquaintances, […]

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Why to make anxiety your new BFF

Sometimes during a yoga class, I experience sensations I can only describe as anxiety. Maybe you do too. Usually in long held forward bends, hip openers, or breathing through Ustrasana, there’s a dull tightness that’s a mix of physical block and mental stuckness. Hard to describe. It makes you wonder why you subject yourself to […]

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