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 …

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 …

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 …