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March 6, 2020

It's daylight saving time this weekend. Get ready to spring forward!

While it still looks like winter, with barren trees and snow on the ground, change is in the air. The smell of earth, sunnier days, clearer skies, warmer temperatures and the sound of birds, remind us...

March 23, 2016

In Eastern religion, Western Indian medicine and spiritual science the chakras are known as the “wheels of life”.  They are spinning vortexes of electro-magnetic energy that connect us physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.  In the body we have thousands o...

March 1, 2016

It is often said that spinal twists are the squeeze and soak asanas.  When we practice these poses we are wringing out all the physical toxins in the body by squeezing out the stale blood from the digestive organs and then soaking them with fresh revitalizing blood.  T...

February 2, 2016

A challenging pose that creates stamina strength in the core and upper body is side plank. Vasisthasana is a challenge for the arms, the core, the legs and the wrists as well as helping to improve one’s balance. Frequently the novice yogi can struggle with the full pos...

January 12, 2016

A common pose in yoga is high lunge. There is no Sanskrit name for this asana. You will find that this is a pose that is regularly used in Sun Salutations. Lunges are used in traditional exercise for strength in the lower body. In yoga it is no exception. The pose also...

December 22, 2015

A standing pose that has strengthening as well as flexibility benefits is side angle pose. This asana strengthens and stretches the legs, knees and ankles. This pose also stretches the groin, spine, waist, chest, lungs and shoulders. Another added benefit is the stimul...

December 1, 2015


This asana (pose) is a back bend and strongly opens the chest and throat.  It is said to be “the destroyer of all disease” and is a perfect pose for the cold and flu season. Fish helps to open the lungs for better breathing, improving symptoms of asthma and bronchial...

November 17, 2015

One of my favorite hip openers is pigeon pose (Sanskrit/ Eka Pada Raja Kapotasana). This pose increases the external or outward rotation of the femur bone in the hip socket, stretching the hip abductor (the outside of the hip); and lengthening the psoas muscle, a hip f...

November 3, 2015

Ustrasana is a deep back bend that takes patience and awareness. If done correctly, this pose will bring space to the entire front side of the body while strengthening the back and creating vitality and self-expression from with in. In all back bends one must be mindfu...

October 20, 2015

In the physical practice of yoga, the center of the asana’s strength comes from the core. The core is the center of balance, movement and personal power. A strong core helps to heal emotionally bound problems while giving us an innate sense of who we are.


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