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5 yoga poses to open shoulders

5 yoga poses to open shoulders   You might think you’re just opening the shoulders, but the real benefit lies inside your chest. Before you get started with this yoga home practice, ask yourself:¬†How have you been shielding your heart lately? Tone and strengthen the shoulders, upper back...

The hidden power of yoga poses

The hidden power of yoga poses   My boyfriend Evan has a gold happy Buddha statue upstairs near our meditation cushions. One day last year, his then five-year-old nephew saw it and asked, “Why is he smiling?” “Because the Buddha tries to be happy no matter what,” Evan...

Courage to change the things you can

Courage to change the things you can   Everything is given. Nothing is promised. A couple months ago, Yoga Teacher Judith Hanson Lasater said this during an interview with my friend Paula of Crazy Good Grief. At the time, I breezed by it as another great quote for the books. I wasn’t in the...

What you need to ask yourself when you feel stuck

What you need to ask yourself when you feel stuck   A muffled and hoarse, “Help me, help me, help me” rang over and over in my head. It was me crying out, my eyes solidly shut. I could feel Willow nested into my mid spine and an unbearable heat building with the bedsheets tucked tightly around me....

You’re going to mess up. Here’s how to move on

You’re going to mess up. Here’s how to move on   As five new students trickled into my morning yoga class, my smile widened. A class that previously had averaged two to three people was now filled with nine. I love the energy that’s created when this group size practices together. It’s enough for...