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Stretching is in your brain?

Stretching is in your brain?

“…when we increase our range of motion through stretching, it isn’t because we pulled on our tissues and made them longer. It’s because we visited the edge of our stretch (also called stretch “tolerance”) enough times that our brain started to feel comfortable there and it began to allow us to move deeper into that […]

Inspirational Authors You Need on Your 2016 Readers List

Inspirational Authors You Need on Your 2016 Readers List

  Rolf Gates, best selling author of Meditations from the Mat: Daily Reflections on The Path Of Yoga is back! You know Rolf from this blog ~ and I’m thrilled to announce he’s in my forthcoming book (will keep you posted…). But did you know he’s got another new book? Meditations on Intention and Being: […]

Top 50 Favorite Yoga Blogs

Top 50 Favorite Yoga Blogs

Honored to be included ~ You’ll recognize lots of yoga friends featured here on this blog. (and… yes… some i’ll feature in my forthcoming book & here also…) BookYogaRetreats.com’s Top 50 Favorite Yoga Blogs Repost of Monday November 30, 2015 article from BookYogaRetreats.com. When it comes to yoga blogs, we are aware that there’s an […]

New to Yoga? Athlete? 8 things you may not know ~

New to Yoga? Athlete? 8 things you may not know ~

  It’s NOT easy There are many styles of yoga available, and while some are intended to be restorative, none of them are “just sit and breathe and feel the Earth.” If a pose feels easy, ask for a modification to make it more challenging. Physically & Mentally it could be “easy” in the sense […]

9 Yoga Poses For Runners

9 Yoga Poses For Runners

yoga wisdom of the day ~  objectiveasana =  yoga adds magic to all you do 9 Yoga Poses For Runners Low Lunge ~ Anjaneyaasana Downward Facing Dog ~ Adho Mukha Svanasana Squat – Malasana or Garland Pose Boat – Paripurna Dancer’s Pose – Natarajasana Upward Facing Dog – Urdhva Mukha Svanasana Head-to-knee – Paschimottanasana Cow-face […]

What is Yin Yoga?

What is Yin Yoga?

Initially called “Daoist” yoga, this style of yoga targets the deep connective tissues of the body (vs. the superficial tissues) and the fascia that covers the body; this Daoist yoga is to help regulate the flow of energy in the body. Yin Yoga postures are more passive postures, mainly on the floor and the majority […]

Yoga Pose of the Day, Paschimottanasana

Yoga Pose of the Day, Paschimottanasana

One of my favorite poses. Stimulates circulation to the abdominal and pelvic organs, soothes and revitalizes the heart and the mind, lowers blood pressure and releases all muscles on the back of the body. As you move your sit bones back, sit tall first. Lead from you heart – this is THE most important directive. […]

Yoga Dream Asana

Yoga Dream Asana

              An Indian girl, left, displays a picture of Prime Minister Narendra Modi painted on her face as another sports the logo of International Yoga Day in Bangalore, India, on June 21, 2015.                   Hundreds of people attend a yoga session […]

Yoga Inspiration

Yoga Inspiration

  I’ve been feeling a little sorry for myself this morning. I find out on Monday if I’m going to have to have my hip replaced. The great news is IF I do I will still be able to do yoga. I may not be able to run at the same level I did before, […]

Top 10 Yoga Poses For Travelers

Top 10 Yoga Poses For Travelers

                                        Nothing thrills me more than traveling. One of the greatest adventures for me is to practice yoga in another country in another language. Of course there is always Sanskrit and you can follow others in […]

#1 Reason Most Fail, Don’t (Use Yoga)

#1 Reason Most Fail, Don’t (Use Yoga)

Yesterday my life-partner, best friend, writing partner and great love of my life, Michael, said “When you get an idea in your head, no one can convince you otherwise.” Without his help, I wouldn’t be completing my book. I’m in deep gratitude. After the book on yoga is done, we’ll be back writing screenplays. Many […]

Pashchima Namaskarasana (Reverse Prayer Pose)

Pashchima Namaskarasana (Reverse Prayer Pose)

                    Challenging day for me today because I’m an athlete who is injured (torn hip flexor). I can’t do the things I normally love ~ Yoga & Hiking. I decided I needed to heed my own advice and go to gratitude. I’m grateful for all the […]

5 Small Ways To Improve Your Life Today

5 Small Ways To Improve Your Life Today

                  As a writer, I’ve always got a beautiful blank journal somewhere around… Grab a beautiful pen and a cup of coffee and start your day in a positive way. Write down 5 things you are grateful for. Make a list of 20 things you enjoy doing, […]

5 tips for optimal living

5 tips for optimal living

Yoga wisdom of the day ~ confidentasana = be inspired by anything or anyone that tells you “can’t” / “shouldn’t”                   5 tips for optimal living ~ 1. Move ~ you know I’m going to say yoga… but walking, hiking, running anyone? 2. Sleep more ~ critical […]

Three Mistakes New Yoga Teachers Make

Three Mistakes New Yoga Teachers Make

Talking too much, demonstrating too less ~ We know you’re excited, but you may be overwhelming people with talking to much. Balance that with SHOWING them how to do the poses correctly. All of the great wisdom and other 8 limbs of yoga “education” are important and it’s critical that you give them EVERYTHING – […]

If yoga is more than a physical practice, what is it?

If yoga is more than a physical practice, what is it?

A structural look at yoga. The Eight Limbs, The Core of Yoga? by William J.D. Doran The practice of yoga is an art and science dedicated to creating union between body, mind and spirit. Its objective is to assist the practitioner in using the breath and body to foster an awareness of ourselves as individualized […]

Learn How To Practice Alternate Nostril Breathing

Learn How To Practice Alternate Nostril Breathing

Nadi Shodhan (NAH-dee shoh-DAH-nuh) Pranayama ~ “Nadi” – meaning “channel” & “Shodhana” – meaning “cleansing” or “purifying” Adding alternate nostril breathing to your regular practice of yoga poses (asanas) and meditation will benefit your body, mind and spirit. I was in a class this week with a teacher who took the time to demonstrate this […]

Yoga Trail App

Yoga Trail App

Short but sweet ~ Who doesn’t like to share something they love? I do. I really love YogaTrail’s Pinterest site. Do you have any aps that you love? Would love to know. Namaste ~ Stephanie (This is where you can find ME on YogaTrail)          Tweet

Yoga : The Art of Transformation

Yoga : The Art of Transformation

Yoga: The Art of Transformation is the world’s first major art exhibition about yoga.  I was in San Francisco yesterday and was lucky to be able to carve out time to see this visual feast. This is the only stop on the west coast. Truly a must see. Yoga: The Art of Transformation – Now thru May […]

5 Ways To Listen To Your Intuition

5 Ways To Listen To Your Intuition

      Robert Sturman is the accomplished artist that took the above photo. As we were getting ready to start I shared with him that the reason I had connected with him was because of a photo I saw of him that was taken from behind. I have always loved photos taken from behind […]

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