A Desk-Friendly Sequence to Release Neck and Shoulder Tension

Many of us hold tension in our necks, shoulders, and upper back. The good news is that with about 10 minutes of focused attention, we can relieve some of this tension. Here is a short flow designed to release physical stress in the upper body. 1. Begin by sitting in a chair with your ankles…

More With Less

There is nothing like moving houses to help you pare down and assess what you really need. Last summer, our family moved to Fort Worth, Texas. Before we even knew a move was in the works, I got the urge to clear out the closets and drawers. We had a garage sale, and whatever didn’t…

Five hip-strengthening exercises (and why you should do them)

Yogis are notorious for developing problematic hips after years of repetitively executing the same yoga poses. Yoga tends to strengthen the quadriceps while stretching the hamstrings and outer hips. This can lead to muscular imbalance: weak hamstrings, tight quads, weak outer hips, weak adductors, and weak gluteal muscles. Lifelong practitioners of yoga may find it…

Pose spotlight: Paschimottanasana (Forward fold)

Paschimottanasana roughly translated from Sanskrit means “intense stretch in the back body.” Until viewing instructional videos by Leslie Kaminoff, I always thought of this as a pose primarily interested in the hamstring muscles and secondarily interested in the low back. Really, though, its Sanskrit name suggests that pose offers benefits for the entirety of the…

How often should I practice yoga?

Many people often wonder how often they should be practicing yoga. When considering how often you should get on your mat, consider first what your goals are. Do you want to build strength? Encourage flexibility? Develop mindfulness? Your answers to these questions may alter the frequency with which you care to practice. When you’re encouraging…