Exploring Sadhaka & Badhaka Tattva

In Hatha yoga, the sadhaka and badhaka tattva lay out specific sets of rules to advance your yoga practice. Basically, they tell you how to be successful (sadhaka) or how to fail (badhaka) in your yoga path. In Sanskrit, sadhaka means a person who follows a sadhana, which is basically a way of life. Tattva …

The Lagom Lens: A Framework the Enhance Happiness and Balance

Different ways of thinking provide various frameworks to promote wellness. The many forms of yoga, mindfulness and Qigong are great examples, and these wellness frameworks often overlap. They often share the primary goals of finding balance in your life, releasing negative thoughts, feelings and behaviors, and showing kindness toward yourself and others. I recently read …

Why is Pigeon Pose so Awesome?

Before a yoga class begins, I like to ask students what they would like to focus on. Over half of the time, students shout out “hips”! Some even specifically request the most well known hip-opener: pigeon pose. As ubiquitous as the bird it shares a name with, this pose is a great hip opener and …

Style, Brands & Reviews: OH MY! Find the Yoga Mat that is Perfect for You, Stress Free

Are you looking for the yoga mat that is just right for you and your practice? Feeling overwhelmed by the many candidates? Stop, take a breath, chill on the research. Read on to find your yoga mat the right way. Your Mat, Your Practice Yoga mats play a major role in modern yoga practice. The …

Sitting Sucks. Yoga Can Help.

How many hours do you sit in a day? What effect does this have on your body? On your mind? We sit. We sit a lot. People sit for work, on a drive to work, during lunch, during meetings, coffee out with friends. This sedentary posture is so common that many people schedule in their …

Nickeled & Dimed in Yoga: Why do Yogis Work for Free?

Most people do not get into yoga for the money, despite the industry being worth over 10 billion dollars in the US. Becoming a yoga teacher requires an incredible amount of dedication and costs, including monetary and personal. Yoga professionals are aware that a lucrative yoga market does not necessarily translate to a lucrative yoga …

Using your Yoga Practice to Burst the Busy Bubble

  We are all guilty of multitasking and pretending to be busy. In the era of social media where notifications constantly beep for our attention, it is fair to say a lot of us are distracted. The other day, I went for a walk. It was beautiful and sunny outside, and still I caught myself …

A Yogi’s Guide to Dharamsala

There is no place quite like Dharamsala. The blend of Asian cultures, diverse tourists and the stunning natural beauty provide a traveler with ample opportunity to explore yoga, meditation, food, museums and temples. I stayed in The Dharamsala area for 6 weeks, and put together a rough guide of my favorite best yoga spots to …

Reflecting on the Un-Wellness of Wellness Culture

WARNING: A lot of this post is personal reflection. If you aren’t feeling that today, save it for another time! Culturally, wellness is marketed as a routine to mold your body, adjust your mind and pump you full of vitamins and nutrients. Wellness is bout living the good life- or at least looking like you …

Yoga and Schedules: Making Time for your Practice

I am currently in India running a service program for high school-aged students. The days are long and the work can be intense- let’s just say a lot can happen with 25 kids in a foreign country. Despite the packed schedule and the need for me to occupy multiple job roles simultaneously, I have kept …