Ahimsa: Compassion and Yoga

I have been working with a teenage girl for several weeks now, and yesterday we were talking about the Yamas and Niyamas. We have been briefly touching on them since we started our yoga lessons, and she requested that we dig a little more in depth with them. I thought the idea was fantastic, and I had just finished a workshop as well as 3 books on the topic, so I was itching to spread my spiritual wings. Continue reading →

The 7 Best Mindfulness Books for Kids

As a yoga teacher who works with children and teens, I have found that incorporating mindfulness into my teaching has made a far greater impact than yoga alone. At the risk of aging myself, kids are living in a different world than the one I grew up in, and it is not a world that encourages living mindfully. Between busy schedules, homework, and electronics, young people are just not given the opportunity to learn how to tap into their mind and bodies. Helping children and teens learn to live in the here and now comes with many benefits like improved academic performance, improved behavior, and relief from anxiety. Continue reading →

Summer of the Toblerone Tunnel

It’s not uncommon for people to reach out to me over social media asking for advice about their yoga practice. Last night I received a message from a woman asking me how she can get a Toblerone Tunnel in the next couple of weeks. She had a vacation coming up and wanted to “rock the look” at the pool. I had to google what a Toblerone Tunnel is. It turns out it’s the triangular gap at the top of a woman’s thighs. Continue reading →