If you’re an experienced yogi and want to try something new and daring, stand-up paddle board yoga (SUP) might be for you. Balancing on a paddleboard is hard work. While you try to stay afloat, you also resist the elements of wind and waves. The water changes your perception of movement, and will also shift your practice. Enjoy the serenity of floating on water, while engaging in a challenging asana practice that is not only instagram worthy, but great for your mind, body and soul. …


Starting a yoga journey can appear a bit daunting in a world filled with fancy inversions and bizarre contortions. Fortunately, in many classes, you’ll come to meet the same foundational poses, and before you know it, they’ve become second nature. It’s essential to start with the basics and grow comfortable with the movement of your body before rushing forward. The poses outlined below will give you the framework for a more advanced practice if you choose to continue challenging yourself. However, it’s not uncommon to stay within the realm of these initial shapes as they hold a plethora of mental…


Anxiety is a widespread issue. In the U.S alone, it affects more than 40 million people. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, “people with an anxiety disorder are three to five times more likely to go to the doctor and six times more likely to be hospitalized for psychiatric disorders than those who do not suffer from anxiety disorders.”

Rolf Sovik, psychotherapist, yoga instructor, and contributing author to Yoga as Medicine notes that anxiety can cause more than just a little nervousness but symptoms that affect daily life such as “obsessive thinking, insomnia, intestinal problems, dizziness, nausea…


Many people come to yoga because they want to overcome challenges in their daily life. Whether they are looking for a release from anxiety and stress, to become more in tune with their true Self, or for more physical reasons such as flexibility or strength, yoga is often characterized as a solution. However, what happen when the solution itself is challenging? Yoga is an ancient practice and was never meant to be the answer to life’s challenges. Rather, it is a philosophy and a guide to living. …


For many people, the term ‘ third eye’ brings up thoughts of the metaphysical, the mysterious, and the strange. However, references to a ‘third eye’ have crossed many different cultures across the world, and can be traced back thousands of years. Variations of the ‘third eye’ are present in many religions.

Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes. Carl Jung

And finally, there have been scientific advances which link the third eye to concrete, physical processes and structures (most notably, the pineal gland). …


In yoga classes all over the world, instructors methodically direct students to set their intention at the beginning of a yoga class. Often there is no guidance as to what an intention is with little time to ask much less practice. Students may go through years of practice without having a clear idea of what an intention is and even less of an idea how to create an authentic one. However, intentions can be powerful tools to help guide a practice and become present in the moment.

What Is an Intention?

In Sanskrit, an intention is called a sankalpa. Sankalpa is the union between…


Are you considering becoming a yoga teacher, or advancing your yoga teacher qualifications? If so, you are at the beginning of a new life path, for the way of yoga is certainly a departure from most modern Western lifestyles.

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. C.S. Lewis

Many people dream of becoming a yoga teacher, but there is a long process of training before this can be achieved. Furthermore, many of these people will spend years considering becoming a yoga teacher, but unsure if it is the right path for them…


Finding out that you are pregnant can spark a wonderful time in a woman’s life. Pregnancy may change the routines in your day-to-day life, including what you eat, how long you sleep, and how much you work. Of course, pregnancy can come with challenges like nausea, unhealthy cravings, swollen feet, depression, hormonal shifts, and stress at the thought of what life will be like when the new baby arrives.

All of these experiences are normal, and thankfully, yoga is a fantastic way to navigate pregnancy no matter what stage you are in. Whether you are new to yoga or a…


Have you ever heard the saying, “you’re only as young as your spine?” So much of our health can be determined by the health of our spine. All of the nerves that regulate and activate our limbs and internal organs are protected by the spinal column. The surrounding muscles that support our spine do endless work to keep our bodies aligned and upright. Our spines and back muscles do all of this work for us everyday, and we often take their strength and support for granted.

At any one time, more than 31 million Americans are suffering from some sort…


It’s no secret that yoga is scientifically proven to benefit nearly every system in your body. From lengthening and strengthening your spine to reducing depression and anxiety, a dedicated yoga practice can improve your quality of life at any age. Unfortunately, in our modern times most people just do not move enough. Working at a desk, commuting, and sitting too much can contribute to weight gain and a generally unhealthy lifestyle. …

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