Five Important Things I learned at Yoga Teacher Training

I recently completed a 300-hour yoga teacher training in Rishikesh, India. The training was packed into a 30-day period, and the days were long and intensive. I learned what every teacher should in a training: alignment, anatomy, and philosophy, as well as a few unexpected things. It is safe to say I am moving on …

Yoga For Nature: A Global Yoga Community Inspiring Deeper Connection with Nature

Yoga fosters a deeper connection between the body and the mind. Can it help foster a deeper connection to nature as well? The Yoga For Nature community and its founder, Phil Dickenson, thinks so. I recently spoke with Phil to learn more about him and Yoga For Nature. Read on to hear Phil’s story and …

A Peek into a 300-Hour Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh, India

About 10 days ago, I traveled to Rishikesh, India for a one-month yoga teacher-training program. Why Rishikesh? Rishikesh possesses multiple identities. It is a holy city to Hindus, marked by the Ganges River (often referred to as “Mother Ganga”) flowing through it. The city is also called Tapo Bhumi, translated as “place for meditation of …

Exploring the “Flow”

Reality is so much more delicious than our concept of it. -Judson Brewer Think positive. Think outside the box. Think it and it will happen. Okay, I made that last one up, but have you ever been told to think a certain way to improve an area in your life? Did it work for you? …

Powerful Pictures: How does Yoga Imagery Influence You?

A week or so ago, I saw a picture of a frog riding a turtle. It looked like the frog was catching a ride on the turtle’s back- it made me genuinely smile. Not long after the photo was splattered around the Internet world, another article emerged- this one discrediting the picture and revealing it …

Beyond Tree Pose: Yoga, Environmental Awareness & the Yamas

Today we released the final video for our Yoga for Environmental Awareness Series. The project was a celebration of our environments locally and globally. Each video was set in a different location, and most highlighted ways you could set an intention and do something good for the environment. Does it sound weird? Yoga. Environmental awareness. …

The effect of yoga advertising: when does selling yoga become telling yoga?

“The success of Yoga does not lie in the ability to perform postures but in how it positively changes the way we live our life and our relationships.” - T.K.V. Desikachar Recently, I picked up a yoga magazine at a local library. It took a few page flips to actually find the content I wanted …

Exploring Intention: What is it and how can you use it?

In every yoga video, we mention to “set your intention” before the yoga practice. I realize that students may have no idea what the heck this means, so I explain our intention of the intention with intention below (hehe). What is an intention? An intention is, by definition, a purpose and/or to act with purpose. …

Yoga helps you slow down and redefine the concept of a “workout”

Working out includes “work” for a reason. Sure, it can be enjoyable, perhaps even fun. But it takes dedication to exercise regularly and discover your workout regiment. People value their time, and staying fit, while a priority, is often penciled in to a busy schedule. Pushing too hard at anything can result in a nasty …

Can These Yoga Poses Make You Powerful?

One of my all time favorite TED Talks (see below) is about how your body language affects your interactions with other people and your general outlook on life. Dr. Amy Cuddy, a social psychologist, describes the importance of our body language (also called non-verbal behavior) and how it affects they way other people judge us. …

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