headstands for beginners

Śīrṣāsana or Headstand for Beginners

Headstand pose or Śīrṣāsana has some of the greatest benefits of any yoga asana. Headstands energize the body sending blood and nutrients to the brain, improve digestion aiding in the movement of food through the ileocecal valve (ascending colon), and  stimulate lymphatic cleansing and drainage.   All these benefits come from the effects of gravity acting in the opposite way it normally does against the …

Yoga for athletes

Yoga For Athletes: 6 Reasons Why You Should Do Yoga to Enhance your Athletic Preformance

One of my favorite viral images was this one to the right that started getting passed around about a year ago. “I can’t do yoga because I’m not flexible enough.”-The Many Athletes out there not doing yoga. Athletes can do amazing physical feats but it’s so funny how often they shy away from the things that don’t come easy to …

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Fitness Lessons You Can Learn from a Traveling Bikram Yoga Instructor/Personal Trainer

I’ve officially been in the road now for over a week now.  So far my quest to maintain a healthy fit lifestyle is working out pretty well. I’ve gone on some awesome runs. I’ve run around the Marina with views of the Golden Gate bridge in San Francisco. I’ve run along rolling hills of vineyards in Napa. I ran the …

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To Sit or Not to Sit? What Sitting in Bikram Yoga Says About You

Ok, you are no longer a beginner to this yoga thing. Or, maybe you are, but you struggle every day to continue pushing through every posture.   My question to you is, “Why are you struggling?” The second you begin to struggle, you are forgetting the first step of every posture, which is normal breathing.  Yes, this breathing rate might …

padahastasana or hands to feet pose

4 Tips to Improving your Padahastasana or Hands to Feet Pose

Padahastasana or Hands to Feet pose is one of my favorite postures! It is the first time in class your shoulders get a break! By the time I am coming up arms and head together from Hands to Feet pose, I feel like I have finally awakened for my day.  My muscles feel exponentially looser and I feel as if …

why try yoga

Why Try Yoga? Yoga Can Challenge and Benefit Anyone!

Most people equate yoga with a stretching class. Seeing the stereotypical tall and slender woman walking with her yoga mat might not necessarily get your butt to a yoga class. Seeing a husband and wife come to class with their high school football star son on Saturday might stir some curiosity. Seeing the neighbor down the street lose 20lbs might …

yoga for athletes

Yoga for Athletes: Don’t be the Dumb Jock

We have all heard the term dumb jock. A dumb jock is a meat head, muscle head, fine tuned athletic machine but not necessarily someone you think uses their brain. This is actually the furthest from the truth.  Athletes actually use their brain for every movement they perform.  Every physical task requires a complex system of neural pathways to make …