Kind Movement

Moving Back into Your Body

4/29/15 | 33 Comments

During every yoga class I leave space for students to guide themselves through any movement their body is requesting, even if it doesn’t resemble a familiar yoga pose. We come back to this intuitive movement several times in class, and it’s the last thing we do before relaxing in savasana, corpse pose. Every once in …Read More

Why We Bring Kindness to Physical Movement

3/26/15 |

Movement is an essential element of wellness. Regular movement can impact our days by giving us better energy, less anxiety and sadness, clearer thinking and less stress, while improving our long-term health outlook for just about any chronic disease you can think of. The human body is built for dynamic motion and interaction with the outside world, but modern life, with hours sitting in cars, …Read More

Legs Up the Wall

3/25/15 |

One of my all-time favorite poses to recharge after a stressful day or wind down before bed is a restorative yoga pose called “legs up the wall.”  You can practice it on the ground or on a bed, or in our new Grow Well office during our Yoga for Better Sleep workshops this Spring! How to practice “legs up the …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

Feel-Good Lifestyle Changes

2/17/15 |

February is one of the best times of year to get a machine at the gym. About 40% of the New Year’s resolution crowd has already lost steam, leaving far less demand for the stair climber and plenty of parking spots out front. Even though we may start the year with the best intentions, the …Read More

Grow Well 2014 Year in Review

1/13/15 |

Celebrate a year of wonderful learning and work for Grow Well with us! I want to try this (add to my List) Forget to Log In? Hello! In order to add this activity to your action list, you must be logged in. Log In

Self Care for Road Trips

11/25/14 |

If you’ve got a trip planned this holiday season, practice these tips to stay happy and well on the road. Stay hydrated. When you’re in a rush to get to your vacation spot and don’t want to stop for many breaks, it’s tempting to avoid liquids. Unfortunately, dehydration can cause back pain, especially when combined with lots of sitting …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

Seated Twist

10/3/14 |

Today’s yoga pose is a seated twist, adapted so it’s super comfy for those of us with larger bellies and/or less hip mobility. If you have trouble sitting tall when you’re on the floor, sit on a folded blanket, so your hips and low back are lifted. Twisting poses are amazing energy and mood boosters, and great for …Read More

Self Care Isn’t a Luxury

9/24/14 |

I used to equate “self care” with a trip to the spa. It seemed to be a luxury available only to those with the time and money to spare on pampering and stress relief. I didn’t see myself in that picture, so I didn’t process how badly I needed self care until I was emotionally …Read More

5 Bedtime Habits for Better Sleep

9/12/14 |

For many Americans, lack of restorative sleep is one of the most troubling factors impacting our health.  Sleep is our body’s time to restore and heal, so it is no surprise that poor sleep duration and quality are linked with a range of chronic health problems, as well as diminished productivity and effectiveness.  American adults are averaging …Read More

What IS Body Positivity, Anyway?

9/1/14 |

Our work at Grow Well is shaped by several powerful movements for happier and healthier living. The body positive movement inspires us because we echo the call for greater self and body acceptance. Read below to learn more. How important is your physical appearance to how you feel about yourself?  That’s a tricky question to …Read More

Adapting Your Forward Fold

8/20/14 |

This video is part of our Yoga is for Every Body series, designed to enable you to check in with your yoga practice and find ways to ensure your physical practice is a match for your unique body.  In this short video, we offer a couple of variations of Standing Forward Fold that take special care of the knees and the …Read More

7-Exercise Circuit for Beginners / Returners

7/16/14 |

This is a terrific whole-body workout in 15 minutes, geared for folks new to exercise or returning to exercise. I love this workout! I’ve done it twice since I edited it, and I feel challenged and stronger as a result. Exercise Sequence: 30 seconds for each exercise with short break in between, repeat for 2 rounds. …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

Tree Pose for Balance & Stability

6/18/14 |

For some people, standing balance poses are the hardest yoga poses. We find ourselves fighting gravity, wavering muscles, and even the breeze to stay in the pose. Our ego can get so wrapped up in the process of trying to maintain balance that some of us may have to learn the hard way that desperately …Read More

Full Body Workout with Chris Walker

6/11/14 |

This full-body workout with Chris Walker is part of our Quick Exercises video series. In this instructional video Chris introduces us to four new moves: Burpee Skater Jumping Jill Plank twist Which one of these moves feels the most rewarding for you? I want to try this (add to my List) Forget to Log In? …Read More

Chair Yoga

5/28/14 | 1 Comment

  Yoga poses for when you’re trying to get a brief practice in while you’re at your desk. Get your blood flowing, wake your energy up, invigorate your focus. It’s also great for people who have trouble getting up and down. No mat, no yoga pants, no excuse not to… Love this yoga practice? Check out …Read More