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Yogic Living 101: Try this Transformative Mindset Shift
Yogic Living 101: Try this Transformative Mindset Shift
Ever get stuck in a rut of negative thinking? Feel overwhelmed by the amount of complaining in your life, both by you and those around you?

Find Your Stance
Find Your Stance
As a beginner, among the many confusions of learning yoga, is figuring out your stance for standing poses (meaning Warrior II, Side Angle, Triangle, etc.). How long from the front foot to the back foot? How much width between the heels? What are the angles the feet are turned? Is there an absolute right way? And it’s also highly probable you haven’t given this a second thought and just step your feet apart and do your best to make the shape. Here’s a step by step guide to keep it simple and increase the power of your postures.

The Beginner Mindset
The Beginner Mindset
Happy Autumn Equinox! I don’t know about you, but it’s slowly starting to feel like fall around here. Cooler weather. Pumpkins on display at the grocery store. Cravings for soup and hot tea. Northface jackets. And of course, football!

Love Your Body
Love Your Body
One day during savasana (the relaxation pose at the end of a yoga class) I basically ‘woke’ up. In that moment, I felt completely content, possibly for the first time in my life. I began to clearly see the suffering I was putting myself through in relationship to my body and eating.

Why You're Better off Without Your Partner on a Yoga Retreat
Why You're Better off Without Your Partner on a Yoga Retreat
We are constantly relating to our environment and surroundings as a means of understanding ourselves. We relate to our dogs, our friends, our bosses and especially our lovers as a way of seeing ourselves or adding greater meaning to our dynamic personalities. When we are relating to our boss, we may see the side of us that is anxious, hard-working and tenacious. When relating to our dog, we may see a side that is care-free and adventurous.

Creating Yoga Space in Your Bedroom
Creating Yoga Space in Your Bedroom
Like eating a healthy breakfast, doing yoga before you start your day can raise your energy levels and boost your metabolism. It also reduces anxiety by letting you start off each day with a clean slate, free of distractions and in touch with yourself.

Yoga Center Expiry
Yoga Center Expiry
The unforgiving trajectory of real estate markets poses the greatest challenge for independent yoga centers. In order to survive, smaller centers need to locate in popular areas where residents can afford the service they provide. But there seems to be an unmistakable time limit on how long the profitability of a yoga class can keep pace with ever rising rents.

Top 5 Reasons to Choose a Yoga Retreat for Your Next Vacation
Top 5 Reasons to Choose a Yoga Retreat for Your Next Vacation
These days there are so many options when it comes to travel. Sometimes it can even feel overwhelming when trying to make a decision of where to go and what to do. Here are a couple of pointers that can help to shed some light on why yoga retreats are a fun and easy way to have the vacation of a life time.

Practice Diary: Sukha Begins now
Practice Diary: Sukha Begins now
Sukhasana, or easy pose, or cross-legged sitting, is one of the fundamental poses I teach in my beginner’s courses. I usually make some remark about how the title ‘easy pose’ used to piss me off because it’s not necessarily an easy pose. For me as a beginner it was hard, uncomfortable, and eventually painful to sit cross-legged on the ground. But I think, in a way, I’ve been missing the point.

Yoga Life Skills 101: How to Deal With Change
Yoga Life Skills 101: How to Deal With Change
At my recent wedding, my dad mentioned in his toast how the Herzberger family is not particularly skilled at how to deal with change. This is kind of like one of those running jokes in the family where it’s funny, but not really.

Exposure
Exposure
I’m having a really hard time adjusting to this “default-world” that you hear Burners talk about. What a flipping default world it is. That phrase holds so much meaning and makes me laugh out loud now. And as I transition myself from an existence where people hug, connect, love, kiss, share infinite time, help each other, share truths, and fly by their intuition, into this “default reality” of schedules and work and kids and sports and “to-do’s” really has this recovering Type-A annoyed.

Taylor Swift: Yoga Studios are a lot like Apple
Taylor Swift: Yoga Studios are a lot like Apple
The $30 billion yoga industry might stand to take a lesson from Apple and Taylor Swift and pay their teachers even if they offer a discounted introductory package.

The Power of Community
The Power of Community
Community is a loaded word where I come from in Denver, CO. Community is thriving, but real connection is getting more difficult to create as of late…

Yoga for Golfers: 3 Poses You Should Practice
Yoga for Golfers: 3 Poses You Should Practice
In golf, every detail matters. Having a slight advantage can make the difference between an enjoyable day on the course or a disappointing one. Golfers want to eliminate strokes as well as pain so they can continue playing the game they love for many years. Yoga can offer this advantage by increasing flexibility, range of motion in the joints and honing mental concentration.

Yoga for Cyclists: 3 Poses You Should Practice
Yoga for Cyclists: 3 Poses You Should Practice
Many of my yoga students are cyclists who practice yoga to alleviate muscle tightness from logging long hours in the saddle. A yoga practice focused on flexibility, core strength and balance can be a perfect cross-training workout for the avid cyclist. Competitive triathlete Molly McCorkle used to suffer pain in her lower back and hips when she took long rides training for half-Ironman triathlons.

Yoga for Triathletes: 3 Poses You Should Practice
Yoga for Triathletes: 3 Poses You Should Practice
Many triathletes have told me they would love to try yoga but can't squeeze it into their intense training regimens. The swimming, biking and running leaves little time in a triathlete's schedule, but those who find time for yoga agree the benefits can be considerable.

Yoga for Runners: 3 Poses You Should Practice
Yoga for Runners: 3 Poses You Should Practice
In my role as a yoga instructor, I've been able to help numerous runners who are seeking to cross-train, improve flexibility and alleviate pain they experience during and after running.

Why Every Athlete Should Practice Yoga
Why Every Athlete Should Practice Yoga
As a private trainer and yoga instructor, I meet a lot of athletes and workout fanatics. When asked if yoga is part of their workouts, many athletes will tell me they don't have the time to add yoga to their already intense training schedules. Some say they don't see how "stretching and breathing" would be of any benefit to them. Others say they've discovered yoga while recuperating from an injury.

is there such a thing as aging gracefully in yoga
is there such a thing as aging gracefully in yoga
Yoga is a beautiful thing, but the older I get, the more I wonder if we can age gracefully in spandex.

Energizing Yoga Poses
Energizing Yoga Poses
The great thing about yoga is that it can be both energizing and calming at the same time. Energizing yoga poses are a fabulous alternative to other common energy boosters like coffee or energy drinks without the yucky effects of caffeine and high sugar.

Men: How to crush any workout and win more with yoga
Men: How to crush any workout and win more with yoga
If you’re a guy who grew up in America, you most likely competed in sports. It’s part of our upbringing and a large part of who we are as a culture. Sports prepare you for life. They teach work ethic, how to win respectfully and how to lose with dignity and seek redemption. We like to work hard, physically compete and earn our victories. As the yoga trainer for Major League Soccer's Philadelphia Union and other professional athletes, I’m inspired to hear them rave about the benefits of yoga on their athletic performance.

Simple Healthy Recipe to satisfy your sweet tooth
Simple Healthy Recipe to satisfy your sweet tooth
Clean eat your way to the body you want and don’t let your dessert desires get in the way.

Survival tips for beginners
Survival tips for beginners
I love teaching beginners. Here are seven easy tips to help you survive your first yoga classes.

Integrity
Integrity
I wrote this blog last night and then completely changed it this morning as the ultimate test of my own integrity came into play … as the themes always do.

4 Ways to turn gratitude into an art from
4 Ways to turn gratitude into an art from
Have a gratitude object. Keep a special stone, a feather, anything that resonates with your soul, in your pocket or purse. Perhaps it’s a special ring or necklace. Every time you touch this object, allow it to signal to you to think of something or someone you are grateful for. This action brings both presence and consciousness to the touching your sacred object. Find your special object now, while the idea is fresh in your awareness.