Stress Relief

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

Comforting Ourselves through Change

5/14/15 |

Letting go of our dearest comforts takes extra special care.  This morning, we started a “no-binkie” experiment to see how our little boy would fare. He was upset first, then brave, and for a good hour, he was absolutely fine. Then, in a moment of absent-minded comfort-seeking, he went for the binkie. His courage collapsed into outrage, desperation, sadness and fear. …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

Releasing the Burden of “Shoulds” and “Wants”

12/4/14 |

December can be a lovely month full of delicious flavors, connection with people we care about, and those sweet, sweet vacation days. The excitement and busy-ness of the holiday season can easily displace our center in the here and now, as we pack extra obligations into our already full schedules and accumulate more belongings. This …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

Sphinx Pose

9/30/14 |

Yoga backbends are amazing energy and mood boosters! They increase blood circulation, strengthen your back and expand your shoulders and chest for fuller breathing. Sphinx pose is one of my favorite backbends because, among many things, it takes pressure off your wrists, making it a great backbend for those with carpal tunnel syndrome. Find more videos in the Yoga is …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

Crafting Spaces that Inspire Health

9/19/14 |

This week I changed up my environment in a big way.  I moved our bedroom into a room with an actual door, moved my desk into a room with more natural light and cleared a space on the floor that invites a yoga mat (and then put my yoga mat next to it). Thanks to this environmental …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

Loving Kindness Meditation

7/8/14 |

Looking for a magic pill for reduced stress, greater resilience, reduced inflammation and greater social connection?  You just might be looking for a daily dose of the Loving Kindness Meditation. I invite you to spend the next 6 minutes with me in a meditation that is a simple and powerful offering of kindness to yourself and …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

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

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

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

Progressive Muscle Relaxation

4/15/14 | 3 Comments

This is a wonderful meditation for releasing tension and helping your mind and body relax. If you’re able, turn off the lights and TV during this practice. Get comfortable, follow along and enjoy the restfulness. Learn more about community partner Emily Burrows with Starting Now.   I want to try this (add to my List) Forget …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