An Insider’s Guide To The Yamas Of Yoga

An Insider’s Guide To The Yamas Of Yoga

An Insider’s Guide To The Yamas Of Yoga By Julie Schoen The first time I was exposed to the idea of yamas was in one of my first yoga teacher trainings.  I was there for the yoga – the real yoga – the “let’s-move-and-bend-and-twist-and-fly” yoga.  Each day our morning sessions were filled with my idea of “real yoga”, but the afternoons were a different story.  Gathered on the floor in…

3 Types Of Bakasana And Embracing Change

3 Types Of Bakasana And Embracing Change

3 Types Of Bakasana And Embracing Change It seems like everyone and their mom (literally) is doing Bakasana, Crane (sometimes Crow) Pose in yoga class. In Vinyasa yoga classes it tends to be THE arm balance that is taught, often being explained as “beginner” or “easy” or “the introduction into advanced balances”. And, depending on how it’s done, those lovely yoga instructors are exactly right. For a lot of people,…

7 Reasons Why Men Should Stretch

7 Reasons Why Men Should Stretch

7 Reasons Why Men Should Do Yoga Stretch By Julie Schoen On any given day when I look out at the students before me in yoga class I see an overwhelming majority of women.  In a class of twenty, the ratio is usually 1:20.  In a group of fifty yogis, you’re looking at 3:50, and so on. That’s not unusual in the United States either.  And while there are definitely…

Yoga How-To: Alternate Nostril Breathing

Yoga How-To: Alternate Nostril Breathing

Yoga How-To: Alternate Nostril Breathing Pranayama, or breath control (prana = life force or breath, yama = control), is one of the eight limbs of yoga.  Although much emphasis has currently been placed on asanas (body postures), this is only another one of the eight limbs of yoga.  In fact, the asanas were often traditionally taught only to prepare the body for the five limbs of yoga that follow: pranayama,…

Yoga Spring Cleaning: 8 Twists

Yoga Spring Cleaning: 8 Twists

Yoga Spring Cleaning: 8 Twists To Clean, Detoxify, And Jumpstart Your Body Written By Julie SchoenAs the spring season makes herself known in the world, tempting us outside with warm sun and new growth, it’s easy to get distracted away from spring-cleaning tasks on hand.  Yes, you should clean your garage.  Yes, now is a good time to take down your holiday lights.  Yes, it would be nice to donate…

Urdhva Dhanurasana (Upward Facing Bow)

Urdhva Dhanurasana (Upward Facing Bow)

5 Steps For Getting Into Urdhva Dhanurasana Urdhva Dhanurasana (Upward Facing Bow) is a beautiful but challenging pose for many people.  It requires the student to bring several things to the table: open hips, open shoulders, strength, flexibility, confidence, and a general knowledge of integrating several moving pieces in the body at once. And while the challenges are real, so are the benefits.  Urdhva Dhanurasana helps to create space in…

30 Best Yoga Moves To Tone Your Core

30 Best Yoga Moves To Tone Your Core

The 30 Best Yoga Moves To Tone Your Core Photo and Video Archive Spring is here! And while a toned core is always in season, warmer weather (and less clothing) seems to inspire all of us to get to work on shaping and flattening our midsection. Luckily for you, yoga is one of the best ways to not only strengthen your core, but to also flatten and sculpt.  Along with…

Step-By-Step Instructions For Yoga Sun Salutation

Step-By-Step Instructions For Yoga Sun Salutation

Step-By-Step Instructions: Yoga Sun Salutation By Julie Schoen The Sun Salutation (aka Surya Namaskar) is performed frequently in yoga classes to help heat the body while strengthening the muscles, improving flexibility, and also connecting one’s movements to the breath.  Sometimes simply referred to as a “vinyasa”, there are many variations of the sun salutation depending on style of yoga being practiced and personal preference. In the most traditional form of…

To Be Or Not To Be: A Look At Yoga’s Relationship With Vegetarianism

To Be Or Not To Be: A Look At Yoga’s Relationship With Vegetarianism

To Be Or Not To Be: A Look At Yoga’s Relationship With Vegetarianism Written By Julie Schoen It’s a common assumption that all yogis are vegetarians.  For years I have been greeted with vegetarian meals by friends, hotels, and restaurants simply because they have received the knowledge that I’m a yoga instructor.  Nearly every yoga function I have ever attended, at least in the United States, serves all vegetarian dishes. …

Motivational Quotes To Get You Out Of Bed

Motivational Quotes To Get You Out Of Bed

30 Motivational Quotes To Get You Out Of Bed (And Ready To Seize The Day!)  Some days it takes a little more than the smell of coffee to lure me out of bed.  I like to consider myself a morning person, but now with the addition of two little ones who don’t seem to get the concept of “Mommy needs eight hours of sleep” in order to pop out of…

Sun Salutations to Start the Day

Sun Salutations to Start the Day

Ever since the time changed, I’ve been having a hard time getting up in the morning. I was having an even harder time feeling energized and excited for the day. I knew I needed to change my routine, and by adding a few rounds of Sun Salutations has really changed my energy in the morning! Connecting with my breath on the mat and spending time quietly with myself before starting…

5 Simple Tips For Improving Your Home Yoga Practice

5 Simple Tips For Improving Your Home Yoga Practice

There are a lot of reasons why people love yoga.  One of the most common reasons is that people love the challenge it presents.  They love pushing their edge, testing what their body and minds are capable of, and seeing progress, however small and slow it sometimes comes.  I love all of these things too, and I was prepared for them when I began practicing yoga nearly a decade ago. …

Heart Opening Yoga Poses

If you are anything like me, you sit at a desk in a hunched over position for most of the day. Or worse, you are hunched over your phone at night as well searching pinterest and texting friends and loved ones (I’m guilty!). We are likely all guilty of this posture due to our daily movements. You may also walk around very tightly wound up, with so much going on…

Good Morning Yoga Sequence

Today’s blog post comes to you via mindbodygreen.com. This simple 8 step wake-up routine is quick, easy and will have you feeling great all day. The original article suggested specific amounts of time for each pose, but to simplify things while I wake up I simply hold each pose for 2 min (or 1 min on each side for poses where this applies)  Challenge yourself to complete this each morning…