Posture Basics: Table Pose for Foundation

Posture Basics: Table Pose for Foundation

Whether you’re a beginner or have been practicing poses for a while, learning the key elements in basic postures will benefit your practice. My goal as a yoga teacher is to prevent injury, and one of the best ways to do that is to understand foundational poses....
The Most Important Yoga Pose

The Most Important Yoga Pose

By far my favorite topic to teach during yoga teacher training is Philosophy. When I first started practicing asana, I wanted nothing to do with it, but now I’m enthralled with the Eight Limbs, the yamas and niyamas, the kleshas and Kriya Yoga. Plus I usually...
Using Hasta Bandha in Yoga Poses

Using Hasta Bandha in Yoga Poses

Arm balances are probably the most intimidating and most exhilarating asanas. Unless you were a gymnast in a former life, arm balances expose a hidden fear in all adults–the fear of falling. Somewhere along the maturation process, you forgot that your ability to...
4 Benefits of Children’s Yoga

4 Benefits of Children’s Yoga

By Purple Lotus Yoga Children’s Lead Trainer Michele Monaghan “Yoga has helped me to feel peaceful and be more patient with my little sister,” said one of my seven-year-old students when I asked her why she liked yoga. Having taught many young people over the...

Become a Hippy Chick with 5 Poses

Oh the illustrious intention of “opening our hips.” If you’re active, your hips may “feel tight” because of overuse due to repeated motion or repeated contraction of the muscles. For those of you who sit for many hours a day, your hips...

Yoga Poses :: The Untold Story

A popular trend in yoga right now is the yoga-selfie. When I had this idea for the post a few weeks ago (yeah, it takes me a while to go from idea to execution), I was ready for a full on rant. The Universe likes to help when we let it, and about a week after I had...