Take a comfortable seat sitting cross-legged on the mat, or in a high-backed chair (with your feet resting evenly on the floor), or lie down comfortably in a bed or on the floor. Let your body sink into your seat, the chair, or the floor, and bring your attention inward to the breath. Let go of your thoughts and concentrate on your breath for several inhales and exhales – following the breath all the way into your body and all the way out of your body.
As you rest here, envision a…
We all know that yoga is an ancient practice, but what exactly does ‘ancient’ mean? How old is yoga? Why do we still practice it and how does the practice today differ from the original?
Researchers and historians trace the development of yoga back 5,000 years. Some take yoga origins even further back to 10,000 years. Now that’s ancient! But because the philosophies and practice of yoga were originally transmitted orally, some mysteries may always remain.
The history of yoga is broken…
Any fanatical yogi will tell you that twists are among the most delicious, juicy, wonderful and sublime poses of a yoga practice. Newbies are not always so taken with the Twist. But come on, baby, let’s do the twist!
Twists are the chief nourishers at life’s feast. They are energizing. When done well, twists invigorate the core: essentially abs and obliques (the muscles that support suppleness and movement of the spine), shoulders, pelvis, and neck.
Twists detoxify the body and improve…
There are all kinds of taboos and myths about “down there.” Let’s dispel a few of them right now. In this post our PT, Meagen Satinsky sheds some light on five myths about the Pelvic Floor. This Saturday she is leading Beyond Kegels: Discovering Foundation & Freedom Through Your Pelvic Floor. Check it out:
1 – ‘Leaking’ urine is just a part of being a woman
Many women think it’s normal to leak a little urine…especially if they’ve been pregnant or have been through menopause.…
Remember when you were a kid playing the game of making grotesque faces? As you stuck out your lips in an exaggerated way or made a pig nose with your thumbs in your nostrils, some well-meaning adult would say, “Stop that or your face will stay that way!” Well, too much time in your chair or at your desk can have the same long-term effect on your body without any of the goofy fun.
Like a lack of variety in your diet can lead to nutritional imbalances, a lack of variety in your physical…
SEPTEMBER – Transition
Art Hop imagine: One Flight by Bonnie Acker
It is the end of summer; the beginning of the school year. Many of us, even those without kids or a curriculum, entertain the notion that we must abandon our summer ways. But do not go gentle! You need not transition out of your summer mindset. Put on a jacket and some shoes and socks when the time comes, but hang on to the easeful aspects of summer by bringing mindfulness into your daily routine.
Michelle Downing is a doctor of physical therapy (DPT), a Certified Functional Manual Therapist (CFMT), and a registered yoga teacher (RYT). DPT, CFMT, RYT – that is a lot of letters to describe someone who wasn’t always so fascinated with the human body. As a little girl growing up in Hoosick Falls, New York, she was taken with the imagination. She was ringleader in the games of make believe enjoyed by her childhood friends. “I was the nerdy girl,” she says proudly as she describes her…
We all know the word invincible. Super heroes, first responders, and people like Bonnie Acker are invincible. I used to be one of those amazing invincible beings until just the other day when I discovered the word vincible (it is a real word, look it up!) in Camel pose. A posture formerly known as Ustrasana (I will no longer dignify such a pose with anything as beautiful as a Sanskrit name), Camel is the pose that broke the yogi’s back.
Granted, I was daydreaming in class. Patañjali’s…
Join our 21-Day Happiness Challenge! Enjoy the simple, mindful, dare we say fun, practice of happiness in the company and support of friends and community. Here on Facebook we will share insights, experiences, and inspiration.
For the next 21 days we challenge you to take a few minutes each day to take stock, deepen the peace, increase the calm, savor the smiles, boost the playfulness, heighten the gratitude, and buoy the love in your life.
Try these five simple steps for 21…
While yoga is not necessarily exercise, it is a practice that, like exercise regimens, can be easily taken up or abandoned. New research on exercise can help us get on the mat and keep coming back. The new secret is immediate gratification!
In a recent New York Times article entitled Rethinking Exercise as a Source of Immediate Rewards, Jane Brody tells us that “People whose goals are weight loss and better health tend to spend the least amount of time exercising. That is true even for…