The Power of Inspiration

I was listening to the radio recently on a long drive and heard a brief piece discussing the running of the 4 minute mile. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the subject, the four minute mile was thought to be impossible. Once the 5 minute mile had been broken it was collectively assumed that this was the limit of human performance. However, in 1954 Roger Bannist..read more

Setting Smart Goals – Stages of Change Model

The Stages of Change Model was first introduced in the 1970’s to help us understand that change does not occur in one step, but a process of steps that each of us undergoes as we endeavor to change an old behavior or adopt a new one. Particularly at the new year, a time when goal-setting has become a strong social trend, it can be helpful before you set your goals that ..read more

Yoga For Desk Jockeys Part 2

Following on from last month’s article, this piece will explore some techniques designed to support your body in maintaining a healthy posture, reducing repetitive strain at work, and helping you to continue your computer work with less tension, strain, and discomfort.
A large majority of the population spends a large percentage of their time at ..read more

Yoga For Desk Jockeys Part 1

The majority of students and teachers that I work with report that they spend at least a few hours a day on a computer. The result of frequent and long-term computer use is that the body begins to form itself around the task of typing. This means that your shoulders hunch forward, your chin pokes out, and your upper back begins to round. This kind of posture can cause a lot ..read more

Yoga Injuries – On The Rise?

Following our discussion last month about the current conversation in the yoga industry (and in the broader community) about the incidence of Yoga injuries, I have done a bit of research on whether or not there truly is an increase in Yoga injuries and, if so, how we can be safer teachers and students in our practice.
Are Yoga Injuries on t..read more

Yoga For Athletes

This month I have read several articles about how more and more athletes are practicing Yoga, not just to relax and unwind after a tough training session, but also for the many fitness and sport-specific training benefits. Athletes of all levels and from a wide variety of sports are using both group and private yoga sessions to increase flexibility, strength, endurance and agil..read more

Ayurvedic Self Care – Garshana Self Massage

Ayurveda – Yoga’s ‘sister science’ of holistic health care – recommends several self-care techniques that not only bring great health, vitality and purification to the body, but also offer an opportunity for compassionate self-care that can bring healing and connection to body, mind and spirit. In a series of Self Care articles, I will share a few of these simpl..read more

Ayurvedic Self Care – Abhyanga Self Massage

Ayurveda – Yoga’s ‘sister science’ of holistic medicine and preventative health care – recommends several self-care techniques that not only bring great health, vitality and purification to the body, but also offer an opportunity for compassionate self-care that can bring healing and connection to body, mind and spirit. In a series of Self Care articles, I will s..read more

Ayurvedic Self Analysis – Vata Dosha

Ayurveda – Yoga’s ‘sister science’ of holistic medicine and preventative health care describes three Doshas or three constitutional types that each of us have in some combination. The Doshas are a system of classification that help us to understand our essential makeup which greatly influences our physical body, the function of our mind, our behav..read more

Ayurvedic Self Analysis – Pitta Dosha

Ayurveda – Yoga’s ‘sister science’ of holistic medicine and preventative health care describes three Doshas or three constitutional types that each of us have in some combination. The Doshas are a system of classification that help us to understand our essential makeup which greatly influences our physical body, the function of our mind, our beha..read more

Ayurvedic Self Analysis – Kapha Dosha

Continuing on our discussion of Ayurveda – Yoga’s ‘sister science’ of holistic medicine and preventative health care this month we will discuss the Kapha Dosha. Kapha is the Dosha (constitution) made up of the elements of Earth and Water. We all have Kapha within us to certain degrees. Kapha gives us stability, security and groundedness. It lubricates the joints, s..read more

Ashram Cookies

After many requests I am finally sending out this recipe that I use often during courses and teacher trainings for nourishing snacks. I first learned this recipe from the Sivanada Yoga Vedanta Centre – but have modified a bit over the years. These cookies are energy-packed, delicious, and the spices used are very helpful in great health, reducing inflammation, and encour..read more