The yoga industry is absolutely booming. There are yoga studios and teachers popping up everywhere and it is so awesome to see so many people starting this practice. I have taken classes from teachers who know their shit, like I leave feeling just so good. But I have also taken classes that have just felt wrong, off, or choppy. Different styles of yoga benefit different people and everyone has their “thing” but here is a list of clues that your yoga teacher is knowledgeable and capable of putting together a safe, fun class for you!Read More
The following is a list of songs that I fall to when it comes time to structure my own personal yoga practice. I like lyrical, indie music that is easy to flow to. Your self-practice is such a valuable time where you can work to cultivate a flow that fits your needs and music that fits your mood.Read More
Side Crow is a pose that I personally feel is more accessible than regular crow. Some find it more difficult but I think a lot of the fear of crow comes from falling on your face and side crow helps take away some of that fear.
Follow along with today’s post for how to get into side crow pose!Read More
I got stuck in a serious yoga rut. I had the motivation to practice but was left bored or inattentive when I was on the mat. Here are some ways I got myself out of the rut and pack into the flow!Read More
This was one of the quietest weeks of yoga I have had in over a year. I did log some time at the gym which was a nice change of pace but I struggle to transition from the gym to my home practice. As I progress through yoga teacher training I am learning and practicing so much more than just the asana and am thoroughly enjoying the mental benefits!Read More
Chaturanga, if you lack upper body strength or have any sort of shoulder and/or back pain can be a super challenging pose. Made all the more difficult by the fact that you do at least a handful of them in nearly every yoga class. Today I am breaking down chaturanga and also showing a great way to modify it as you build up strength or accommodate trouble spots for you!Read More
Are you sick of hearing the words “polar vortex” yet? Well imma talk about it for a minute. The polar vortex had us Midwesterners homebound and stuck inside due to a huge amount of snow and record-breaking cold temps. The positive to all of this is it allowed me to pour time into my personal practice. What once made me uncomfortable is beginning to feel like home.Read More
I adore inversions. I love getting upside down, flipping my perspective, and trying new things. The beauty of inversions is you always have this sense of play. It feels like when you were a kid and would do cartwheels and handstands. I don’t know about you but I think we could all use a little more childlike energy in our worlds.Read More
Coming off of my first weekend of yoga teacher training I was absolutely excited, exhilarated, and exhausted. I had a fun week of yoga and also some opportunities to share my practice with others!Read More
Speaking candidly, I used to hate hot yoga. I couldn’t breathe, would get sweat in my eyes, quickly grow frustrated (I blame the heat), and all around leave crankier than when I began.
Now, it is a different story. I love hot yoga. I find that my body craves the heat, flows better, feels stronger, and is able to sink deeper into poses.Read More
With the holidays and the studio being closed some days I had the opportunity to lead my own practices at home. It was awesome to sit back and reflect on how far my practice has come this past year since really committing my time and energy to going to classes and flowing at home. I am encouraged and so excited to see what this year of yoga will bring.
Crow pose is one of those poses where you feel like a straight up bad ass. It is a combination of strength and flexibility and determination. Today I am showing you the steps to help master this tricky pose!Read More
This week was packed with all the class-filled and self-led goodness but it also presented several opportunities for growth. There were a couple classes where energy wise I was not 100%. The classes that I did feel good and strong I really pushed myself to attempt more challenging poses and variations.Read More
Whew! A rough week at work had me pulled to my mat nearly every day! As the days get colder and darker hot yoga is rapidly becoming a favorite class of mine!Read More
I am so thrilled to share that I will be starting a yoga teacher training program in January! There are so many wonderful benefits to yoga and its practice that extend far beyond the mat! I am going to share some of the reasons I decided to become a yoga teacher! Who knows, maybe you have been considering and this will be the push you need!Read More
This week had me pulled to my mat every single day. Even days I didn’t plan to do yoga, I found myself on my mat. It came primarily in the form of self-guided practice as opposed to studio time which is a rarity for me. I know as schedules get busy during this holiday season I probably won’t get as much studio time in and instead will have to be flexible with my practice (pun intended).Read More
You ever have one of those weeks where despite your best efforts you fall just a teeny short of your ideal or goals? That was me this week. Despite every intention of #yogaeverydamnday some days life got in the way.
Typically what I have found with yoga is that people initially fall in love with it because of how it makes them feel. They come to the mat looking to relax, to heal, or to get in shape. They fall in love with how they feel during and after class. After some time this love tends to deepen and you begin to explore all the facets of yoga.
What I love most about yoga is just how much you can learn. Yoga, in all of its limbs, is an incredible teacher. Today, I am sharing the biggest lessons I have learned both on and off the mat.Read More
This was one of your run of the mill, standard weeks, I made all of my classes without hiccups and enjoyed each and every one of them! Hot yoga, something that at one point was a struggle, is now one of my favorite aspects of my practice. As an added bonus Mr. Mindful and my brother joined me for my Saturday morning vinyasa flow practice.Read More
Sometimes less time on the mat allows for the practice of gratitude for the time you do get. This was one of those weeks (feels like I have been saying that a lot lately) where I did not get to spend as much time as I would have liked on my mat. However, the time that I did get to spend was filled with a deep sense of gratitude and peace.Read More