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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.

The 4 Kinds of Yoga
The 4 Kinds of Yoga
If you’ve been around this blog for a while, you’ll know that I’m a big advocate of practicing your yoga in whatever way works best for you.

The Pressure to teach hard poses
The Pressure to teach hard poses
There’s so much pressure on local teachers to fill their rooms, be authentic, and sell studio memberships, that it’s a wonder anyone can remember why they wanted to teach in the first place.

Yoga Extremism
Yoga Extremism
Polarization seems rampant across all sectors of modern life. Debates on money, politics, religion, and even yoga, readily devolve into diametrically opposed camps. Moderate voices are lost in the din of intolerance and most folks understandably turn away from the discussion with disgust or lament. But without someone staking the middle ground, and others who embrace and support it, chances are the problems of the day will continue unabated.

Yoga is absolutely ordinary
Yoga is absolutely ordinary
My daily yoga practice is absolutely ordinary. It is as ordinary and common place as brushing my teeth.

Relationship
Relationship
This word, oh this word. Since it came into my awareness over 10 days ago, I feel like I have been rung through the ringer. And I’m not alone either! I’ve been holding space for emails, Facebook messages, texts and phone calls from people going through the same thing … Relationship issues.

Don't Overthink it: Effective Methods to Find True Peace of Mind
Don't Overthink it: Effective Methods to Find True Peace of Mind
Paying bills, taking care of kids, going to work… life can be very stressful at times to the point you feel like you just want to scream. With the various events that happen throughout the course of the day the mind can begin to race constantly wondering what to do. If you’ve been feeling bogged down lately, or have perhaps been over thinking every scenario happening in your life, then it may be time for you to come to terms with reality and find true peace of mind.

And Now for Something completely different: reality
And Now for Something completely different: reality
Are we working out? Or are we working in? When I was asked what I’d like to see in a yoga magazine, I said without hesitation: Reality.

Foundation
Foundation
The other day, I’m in the car with my youngest daughter and she asks me, “Mom, is there an end to the sky?” And I said … “Um no honey. It’s infinite.” And she says … “Infinite… like energy?” And I say, “Yup, just like that.” And she sat there for quite awhile looking up and out of the sunroof. As if she was trying to figure it all out.

Unfolding Time with Vedic Astrology
Unfolding Time with Vedic Astrology
What is Vedic Astrology? Jyotisha, or Vedic astrology, is the ancient astrology of India. It has an unbroken lineage going back over five thousand years. Jyotisha is derived from the Sanskrit word Jyoti meaning “light”. Thus, Jyotisha is often referred to as the science of light, for it helps us to see the past, present and future clearly as well as giving us insight into who we are and how to best actualize our potential.

Common Confusing Yoga Cues and What not to do
Common Confusing Yoga Cues and What not to do
There are plenty of funny articles online about the weird things you hear yoga teachers say, and I’ll admit I’m an offender on some of them.

The need to know
The need to know
“You don’t have to see the entire staircase, just take the first step” – said a very wise man named Martin Luther King Jr. So very, very true.

To tuck or not tuck your tailbone: What to tilt when
To tuck or not tuck your tailbone: What to tilt when
I know you’ve heard it before. I’ve said it before. But what does it really mean to tuck your tailbone? When you should you tuck and when shouldn’t you? And can you tuck your tailbone too much? Yes, yes you can.

Svadhyaya or the art of courageous self-inquiry
Svadhyaya or the art of courageous self-inquiry
There was a moment in my life when I realized that I couldn’t blame anyone else for what I was experiencing, feeling, or doing. Every action was mine alone and until I owned that, I would remain out of control.

Pros and Cons of Yoga Teacher Training
Pros and Cons of Yoga Teacher Training
Yoga teachers don't really make a living off teaching yoga classes anymore. Many rely upon conducting yoga teacher training. But contrary to popular belief, this trend may have less to do with the business or marketing inclinations of yoga teachers and more to do with the purchasing and study habits of the yoga-going public.