Posts Tagged: Asana

When does yoga start?

A student pokes her head through the door to ask, “When does yoga start?” So many responses come to mind: “On the inhale” “When you were born” “Your last class never ended” But I know what she means, so I reply, “12:15, you’ve got 10 minutes.” (Another student recently reminded me of the time she… read more…

The yoga of dying: Corpse pose

This post is the first in a series of blog posts in which I discuss yogic practices that relate to death and dying.   I recently had my first opportunity to speak on the intersection of yoga and death. In the week leading up to my talk, I had blocked off time in my calendar… read more…

Yoga for back care: 6 directions of the spine

I teach a yoga workshop series called Yoga for Back Care. It’s comprised of four 90 minute classes. We meet once a week for four weeks. I created this workshop because I meet people all the time who tell me that they’re doing yoga to help manage or prevent back pain. But in my experience, back care… read more…

Lessons from the mat

It’s a sunny Wednesday afternoon in late April. I’ve just led a group of students into janu sirsasana, or head to knee pose. This pose is an asymmetrical seated forward fold, done with one leg extended and one leg folded in. As usual, I’ve called this pose by its Sanskrit name, avoiding any mention of… read more…

Chronic pain and yoga asana: 4 tips

Yoga has been instrumental to my recovery from Lyme disease. I’ve already written about how I use yoga philosophy to make sense of chronic pain (here and here), but long before I knew anything about yoga philosophy, I started using the physical practice of yoga (yoga asana) to work with the disease in my body. People… read more…

Yoga for back care

Yesterday I was in a rush to finish vacuuming the livingroom before it was time to meet my six-year-old at his bus stop. As I was putting furniture back in place I awkwardly hoisted a wooden rocking chair and strained a muscle in my mid-back. It was a moment of inattention that I’m still paying… read more…

Radical rest

Every Thursday from 11:45-1:15pm you will find me at the Rama Lotus Yoga Centre leading my Yin/Restorative yoga class. I love teaching this class and I love the people who come each week. The class is pretty simple: we start off sitting up and we end up lying down. Yoga mats aren’t required and you… read more…