Our modern western world is becoming increasingly aware of not only the benefits, but the absolute necessity, of rest. Accordingly, rest is big business – technologically advanced mattresses, saltwater flotation pods, couple’s massage – but we wouldn’t go so far as to say it’s our most productive time. But consider this invitation: I’d love for […]Keep Reading
Doing Your Best Work – While “Asleep”
Beyond Smoking: How a Yoga Practice and Meditation Disappeared a Harmful Habit
Every large and small event in my life, for the past 14 years, was punctuated by a cigarette. It was a huge part of my lifestyle, a hobby, stress relief, a part of my identity, the best way to procrastinate, a club for cool kids, a treasured pastime. I loved smoking. When I decided to […]Keep Reading
To Take This Path or Not? What 21 Days of Meditation Taught Me.
To take this path or not? This was the question I asked myself when I first saw the Inspire Yoga #21DaySIT meditation challenge, I had many questions in my head such as: Does this conflict with my religion? Could I just sit for 10 or 20 minutes? Do I have the time to dedicate to […]Keep Reading
5 Reasons Why You NEED Savasana
You show up for your favorite vinyasa class. You love it because it gets your heart beating. The music is always in perfect unison with your breath. When I Believe I Can Fly starts playing, your feet effortlessly lift from the earth as you hover in bakasana. You love that feeling of a good and […]Keep Reading
Four Agreements to Freedom
We make pacts or agreements with ourselves to improve our life or lifestyle and even our yoga practice. Things like… Get ready for bathing suit season. (I call it the season Hell invades earth and there is no other choice but to wear as little clothing as possible, but bathing suit season has a gentler […]Keep Reading
Shanna’s Story | Yogi Renewed
I’ve been practicing yoga for nearly 15 years. More vinyasa than ashtanga, though the latter is my roots. I love yoga so much that I became an instructor in 2009. Around 2013, maybe even 2012, my practice began to feel stagnant. Stymied. I explored different approaches for inspiration, including a certification to teach cancer patients, […]Keep Reading
Are You Taking Your Practice to its Fullest Potential?
Yoga, as we all know, is a physical practice. Many of us have come to yoga for physical exercise, maybe to lose weight, maybe to gain flexibility–the reasons are endless. How then, do we react, when the deeper, more spiritual side of yoga, jumps out and says “HEY! Pay attention to me! You need me!”? […]Keep Reading
Meditation and Yoga
Not all meditators practice yoga, but meditation is a foundational practice in hatha yoga – or yoga, as we simply call it in the west. A robust yoga practice includes regular meditation (dhyana) as well as postures and breathwork. The seminal Yoga Sutras, in fact, lays out the Eight Limbs that form the the yogi’s […]Keep Reading