Many public yoga classes are wonderful for people who feel mostly healthy and athletic. What about the rest of us? Therapeutic yoga offers the support of thousands of years of yogic tradition combined with modern understanding of Western medicine. Using these tools in a healing, therapeutic manner can help with many physical, mental and emotional imbalances and help bring you closer to your best version of you. Read more
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One of the primary causes of suffering in humans is the feeling or belief of a separate self, individual from other humans, animals and nature. This kind of self-separateness can make our experiences feel big, unmanageable or overwhelming. Inviting reminders of connection and unity can help relieve these unnecessary sufferings and better connect us to our true selves.
Yoga is union, integration or the absence of conflict. Practices like yoga nidra (yogic sleep) can help us remember our union throughout the constant flux of remembering and forgetting who we really are. Read more
“Hey knees. I’m really grateful for all the ways you let me move and play. I know we’ve had our disagreements over the years, but I feel like we’re taking care of each other these days. I appreciate you. I love you. I’m sorry about the scrapes and bruises . . . but that was fun, eh?”
This is a pretty typical conversation between me and my body. It’s a casual chat in gratitude for all the parts that keep me going how I’m going. Read more
In 1994, Masaru Emoto started conducting a series of experiments to determine the effects of different energies—through pictures, words, and music—on water crystals. What he found was nothing short of amazing: In his experiments with words, the water that was exposed to positive words like “gratitude,” “truth,” and “peace,” created beautiful, symmetrical patterned water crystals. In contrast, the water that was exposed to negative words like “evil,” “you disgust me,” and “you fool,” created disfigured crystals.
Emoto’s experiments found that the words we use have a huge impact on the physical form of water. Read more
A few weeks ago we had a home disaster (a literal s#!t storm) that involved calling three plumbers to the rescue. While they waited outside my house, terrified of my dog, she got more and more excited about the idea of seeing people.
When I got home I let them in and introduced them to my very friendly, albeit highly enthusiastic, dog. In her extremely excited state, she got to the point where she could no longer physically contain her emotion and threw up all over the floor in front of the plumbers. I was laughing so hard I had to sit down, and the plumbers looked at us like we were both crazy. Read more
While yoga can be a beautiful preparation for the athletics of skiing, it can also be a great way to keep your muscles working between runs.
Skiing specifically puts stress on the quads, gluteus, hip flexors, and IT band. You might also feel tight in your shoulders or back if you’re skiing tense. After a full morning of powder (or ice, or whatever else the mountains throw at you), you might be feeling it and in need of a good stretch. Instead of unbuckling, unsnapping, un-velcroing all of your gear, take a couple minutes to stretch out in your skis or boots.
Try out these geared-up stretches on the mountain: Read more
I was so proud of your for trying your first yoga class. I was there when you went way out of your comfort zone, when you apologized to the teacher for being new. I was there when you looked around the room to see if you were doing the same thing as everyone else, as you adjusted your baggy running clothes. I saw your self-consciousness and your weakened ego.
I saw you before you saw yourself. I watched as you came back for more, determined and a little angry with your body. I listened to the pleas for your legs to stop shaking, for your brow to stop sweating, for your heart to stop pounding. I listened when you stopped breathing. I was there when you remembered to breathe. Read more
“Abhyasa Vairagyabhyam Tannirodhah” –Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras 1.12
The idea of non-attachment is foundational to yoga. In the Yoga Sutras, Sri Swami Satchidananda translates Patanjali’s 1.12 sutra as “These mental modifications are restrained by practice and non-attachment.” The “mental modifications” are fluctuations of the mind, mind chatter, or really anything that takes us away from the present moment.
Through a combined one-two punch of yoga practice and non-attachment, Patanjali says we can free ourselves from those fluctuations and just be here now. Read more
“If you think you’re enlightened, go spend a week with your family.” – Ram Dass
For those of us who traveled away from Boulder for the holidays, we can be pretty quickly confronted with the reality of the world beyond our bubble.
There is a certain flavor of the place we grew up, the people who helped shape us into the people we are today. Sometimes it’s exciting or nostalgic to look back on those people and places. Sometimes it’s painful or sad.
Whatever the flavor of “home,” relational patterns tend to resurface when we’re around our families, even after being away for a year or more. These old patterns might throw us off our yogic center, trigger something, or push a button. Read more
How do you learn about your yoga practice?
Our yoga world is filled with incredible teachers from around the world. These instructors offer their energy not just as teachers but as influencers, leaders, philanthropists, and business owners. Our naturally categorical brains label some of them teachers, some yogi-lebrities, others gurus.
A student asked me the other day, “who is your teacher?” and I didn’t know what to say. I have many teachers, but currently I don’t have one specific person or one specific lineage that I study solely. Read more