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 …

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. …

Can Yoga be Beneficial for the Environment?

We just launched our first online YouTube video! It is the first video in a series focused on creating environmental awareness and celebrating natural environments around the world. We hope that by increasing environmental awareness locally and globally, our yoga practice will empower people to take a step- small, big, or a massive leap- into caring …

Yoga Ranges, Limits & Empowerment

What was your first experience with yoga? I remember hearing that yoga was great for your body, but I also noticed a community around it. And I did not see myself as fitting in with this community at first. My perception of the community was based on the svelte body yoga stereotype and the calm, …