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Downward Facing Dog at the Wall

2/8/16 |

Downward facing dog is one of those poses that people see and instantly realize it’s yoga. This standing variation is one that’s accessible if you can’t get up and down from the ground easily or if you can’t get on the ground because the other people in your office will notice. It’s also a helpful …Read More

Boat Pose

2/25/15 |

Most of us know that the abdominals are part of the core, but did you know it also includes the lumbar spine, pelvic floor and many of the hip flexors? Boat pose can strengthen all of these areas of the core. Having a strong core supports a healthy spine and allows our joints to move more safely and …Read More

Pyramid Pose

2/25/15 |

Pyramid is a great “forward folding” yoga pose for stretching tight hamstrings, the muscles at the back of your thigh. It’s also one of my go-to poses for days when I’ve done more sitting than I like, since it wakes up my spine! As with any pose, stay gentle and listen closely to cues of discomfort from …Read More

How to Let Go

12/4/14 |

I’ve seen this exercise time and again. A person with 2 fingers holding onto a tissue or a piece of paper, and the instruction is given: show me what it looks like to hope to let go (no change).  Show me what it looks like to try to let go (no change).  Show me what it looks …Read More

5 Ways to Lift Your Energy

10/3/14 |

The five activities listed here are things you already know. No surprises here. The magic is in doing them! 1. Do something kind. A kind action as simple as a smile can change not only your energy, but that of another. Look for an opportunity to take a simple kind action and watch the effects. I also …Read More

Boost Your Energy with Yoga

10/3/14 |

You’re probably already well aware that yoga can help you manage stress and relax your body and mind before bed. Did you know that it can also boost your energy? As our recent Yoga Basics grads can attest, the poses and breath we practice in yoga move prana, or “life force.” Prana refers to the …Read More

Ocean Breath (Ujjayi)

10/2/14 |

Ocean breath (in Sanskrit: ujjayi, which means “victorious” breath) is one of my favorite breathing techniques because it can both calm your mind AND bring energy back to your body. Make as much Darth Vader noise as you like with this practice! And as with any yoga or breathing practice, if you feel dizzy or uncomfortable …Read More

Self-Kindness Meditation

7/2/14 |

Sometimes our inner critic speaks to us in harsh words that we would never use toward loved ones. During those times when gremlins of self doubt and negativity are taking over your day, take a few moments to direct some compassion inward. You may be surprised at how nourishing one minute of self kindness can be. …Read More

Yoga for Sleep

6/24/14 |

Few things are as frustrating as being wide awake when you’re craving a good night’s sleep. Research shows an alarming list of ways we are hurting ourselves by not sleeping. Lack of sleep is related to everything from depression to heart disease, which is enough to work any insomniac into a frenzy. Which really stinks, …Read More

Happy Back Yoga

5/21/14 |

This routine is a kind, gentle gift to yourself after hours at a computer, cooking or otherwise at work!  Give yourself a quick dose of flexibility, openness, presence and flow.  No equipment needed at all! Love this post? Find more from Emily Burrows here. For one-on-one accountability and support: Learn about Self-Care Coaching with Emily. Learn about …Read More

20-minute Yoga for Open Hips

5/20/14 |

This sequence stretches the hips and low back. It’s a great way to find more mobility after a lot of sitting or after challenging your lower body with any of Chris or Marcy’s Quick Exercises videos. Remember to listen to your body and stay gentle–if it hurts, it’s no longer yoga! Love this post? Find more from …Read More

15-minute Yoga for Better Posture

5/20/14 |

If you often catch yourself slouching, you’re probably breathing shallowly and experiencing back pain. This 15-minute practice will help you develop core strength and openness, so you can stand tall and breathe fully. Love this post? Find more from Emily Burrows here. For one-on-one accountability and support: Learn about Self-Care Coaching with Emily. Learn about Private Yoga Lessons with …Read More

Dirga: 3-Part Yogic Breathing

5/14/14 |

  Emily leads us through a breathing exercise called Dirga, or 3-Part Yogic Breathing. This exercise can help calm our thoughts and bodies. Try this at any time of day. Feel your breath moving from your belly to your ribs to your collar bone. Love this post? Find more from Emily Burrows here. For one-on-one …Read More

20-minute Yoga Practice

4/15/14 |

This accessible 20-minute yoga practice will help you build strength, mobility, and connection with your breath. You don’t need any fancy  props for this practice, but you may want to have a small box and a belt or scarf nearby if you’d like extra support. This video also features occasional chicken squawking, as all farm-based …Read More

The Top 5 Reasons Why I Practice Yoga

3/28/14 |

In 2002, I was recovering from knee surgery for an overuse injury. My knee hurt no matter the position, and exercise outside of the pool was out of the question.  As anyone who has experienced physical therapy after surgery can attest, movement can be pretty unpleasant for quite some time! When I happened upon a …Read More