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 →

10 Things Your Yoga Teacher Wishes You Knew

Becoming a yoga instructor has changed my life in many ways. One of those ways was the insight that I gained about my teachers. I take classes and understand more about what makes my teachers tick, why they say the things they do, and why they respond to disruptions certain ways. Here are the 10 things I misunderstood before becoming a teacher. Continue reading →

25 Yoga Gifts Under $50

The yoga industry is a $16,000,000 per year industry. That’s a little mind boggling when you consider that all you really need is a mat, a body, and hopefully a teacher. Piles and piles of “stuff” is not necessary, but may be helpful if you are committing to a yoga journey. As a yoga instructor, yoga related gifts seem to be a theme at birthdays and holidays, so I decided to compile a list of the favorites that myself and my colleagues have been given. 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 →

8 Ways to Use a Yoga Half Wheel

For my birthday this year I was gifted a wide variety of yoga gear. While I always appreciate the thought, one of the nice things about yoga is that it does not require a lot of supplies. I have long figured much of the yoga gear I see is just a way for companies to cash in on a 16 billion dollar industry, when in reality all yogis need is a mat. Continue reading →