THE BEST NEW MUSIC FOR YOGA: OCTOBER EDITION

Piano compositions predominate in this month’s collection of music for yoga—perhaps because slow and spacious piano has a strong affect on creating the introspection that autumn invokes. Whatever the reason, we certainly welcome the shift from summer’s upbeat, fun and funky tunes to more calming and contemplative compositions. Footfalls Echo by Visionary Hours These simple yet…

4 WAYS YOGA CAN DEFEAT YOUR EGO

  Pain, unhappiness, criticism, and impatience are all common ills of an out-of-whack ego. The ancient yogis believed that ego, or Ahamkara, is the primary source of suffering. This Sanskrit term translates to “I-making” and refers to the function of the mind that creates our sense of self and identity. If our ahamkara is healthy and…

CAN YOGA HELP DISADVANTAGED WOMEN?

A new study conducted by researchers at Northwestern University suggests that the stress-reducing power of yoga and mindfulness can be a powerful tool in helping disadvantaged women cope with symptoms of depression and other mental health issues. After two months of practicing yoga these women showed significant mental health benefits. Several national and international organizations have…

FALL YOGA FASHION TIPS FOR 2016

HAREM PANTS BY BUDDHA PANTS • LEGGINGS BY HARD TAIL FOREVER • BODY ART BY TRIBETATS As fall approaches you’ll hear a lot of yogis talking about surrendering and greeting the new season, and it’s no wonder why. Fall is a time when many of us crave tranquility and need to tap into our inner…

THE ROUNDUP! BREASTFEEDING, GOATS, AND BALLERYOGA

This month’s yoga link roundup includes stories that are funny, unusual, and serious. Sometimes we need a mix of all three. This Mom’s Breast-Feeding Yoga Moves Are Seriously Impressive—Texas mom and yogi Carlee Benear did yoga throughout her entire pregnancy. Once she gave birth, she felt that it was only natural to continue her daily…

CONSENT IN YOGA CLASS—TO TOUCH OR NOT TO TOUCH

  For most of us, yoga studios offer a haven of safety and peace, a welcoming and inclusive space to collectively share the experience of movement, breath, and meditation. Every teacher has the responsibility to hold this sacred space for their students. The recent discussions swirling around the yoga community regarding affirmative consent (including the…

CONSENT IN YOGA CLASS—TO TOUCH OR NOT TO TOUCH

  For most of us, yoga studios offer a haven of safety and peace, a welcoming and inclusive space to collectively share the experience of movement, breath, and meditation. Every teacher has the responsibility to hold this sacred space for their students. The recent discussions swirling around the yoga community regarding affirmative consent (including the…

HOW TO CREATE A YOGA RETREAT AT HOME

  In today’s hectic world we could all use a few days dedicated to self-care. While yoga retreats are exciting and designed for self-care, they are also expensive. Every yoga retreat advertises an experience that will leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. Why not feel this same sense of relaxation from the comforts of your…

5 THINGS TO DO EVERY DAY FOR YOU

  To-do lists can feel a bit overwhelming from time to time. Sometimes it seems like the more you get done the longer your list gets, and prioritizing what to do when can feel like a herculean task. But how many of those items on your to-do list are actually serving you? Rarely do we…