Let’s play! The upside-down way!

Recently, I have found myself asking why practice inversions? I see yogis bringing the power of balance and breath into their hands, their forearms, their shoulders, and their heads. Many yogis would agree that inversions are not only good for bringing playfulness into their practice, but to help reset the whole body system. Inversions include any asana that brings the head below the heart level, which helps to rejuvenate and realign the body and the mind. I have come to the conclusion that exploring the playful possibilities of inversions should be a practice we all welcome, and the next few paragraphs will offer health benefits to inverting, and reasons why we should all strive to turn our

Grounding Into Your Roots

In the Yoga Book Club at Yoga Art Space, we are currently reading the book Eastern Body, Western Mind by Anodea Judith. This is a very educational book which thoroughly discusses all aspects of each of the 7 major chakras in the body including what can damage them and what makes them heal. The chakras are energy centers in the body which form at certain times of our life as we mature. Each chakra represents different lessons of our life from how we communicate (Throat Chakra) to how we exert or hide our personal power (Solar Plexus Chakra). During one particular week, we were discussing the first chakra, the Root Chakra. This chakra develops from the 2nd trimester to the age of 12 months and

Sing Your Heart Out with a Mantra Practice

Last week I read through our entire blog here at Art Space Yoga. What a wonderful, inspiring resource for our community and for others interested in yoga philosophy. Whitney’s post last week on self-care was particularly wonderful, and inspired me to talk more about mantra practice this week. Mantra practice is one of my favorite forms of meditation. Indeed, according to Jeena Cho and Karen Gifford, authors of the book The Anxious Lawyer, mantra practices are associated with joy and can help us bring more joy into our lives. In yoga school, we were encouraged to do a 40-day mantra practice to a particular Indian deity (don’t worry, these are just representations of different aspects of the

Yoga for Self Love

I recently taught a Yin Yoga for Self Love class. I didn’t realize until I was actually teaching that I needed this class just as much as any of the students who attended. If you’re like me, you tend to overexert yourself too much. You regularly place too much onto your plate and then you pretend that you are handling everything just fine. Maybe initially you are able to take everything onto your shoulders, but what do you do when the body begins to say no? Perhaps this “no” takes the form of illness, depression, fatigue, chronic pain, or irritability. Optimally, we should take care of our body and try to listen to it our entire life, but when the body begins to speak, I think we’d better pa

Yoga for Stress and Anxiety

“Yogas citta vritti nirodhah,” is the second sutra in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. “Sutra,” a Sanskrit word, means “thread,” or “string.” You can think of these sutras as rules or aphorisms. What does this second sutra mean? “Yogas citta vritti nirodhah” is the definition of yoga. In English, “The restraints of the modifications of the mind-stuff is yoga.” What does that mean? Well, as human beings we see the world through our own perspective. We think, we project, we see the world through our own personal experience. The goal of yoga is to quiet the mind, to see the world as it is, rather than from our own, often misguided, perspective. Sri Swami Satchidananda tells us, “The entire world

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