Chinese Green Beans

Janet Hennard, our fabulous Yoga writer, holds an After-Yoga potluck for her students. Jessica, one of her student’s daughters enjoyed green bean dishes while traveling in China, where families have their unique versions. When Jessica returned home, she recreated the recipe to make her version and

You Can Improve Your Balance—Through Failure!

By Janet Hennard. Which is better — maintaining your balance in a standing yoga pose or falling out of it? Silly question, right? But the truth is, mindfully trying to get back into a pose after falling out is one important way to build neural connections that strengthen brain-muscle communication.

Meditation Practice and the Aging Brain

Science confirms meditation can slow age-related brain decline By Janet Hennard, E-RYT500/C-IAYT  ~    Here is a brain test for you. Which of these are true: A — Our human brain starts decreasing in volume and weight in our mid-twenties. B — With an aging population, instances of cognitive decline

How to Prevent Yoga Pain and Injuries

By Janet Hennard, E-RYT500/C-IAYT  ~    Yoga continues to be popular as more and more practicing adults report improved physical fitness, reduced stress, decreased pain, and reduced anxiety and depression. But is yoga safe? The answer is yes, with the caveat that we follow a basic yoga precept known

What to Expect in Your First Yoga Class

By Janet Hennard, E-RYT500/C-IAYT ~   Are you looking for reasons to try yoga in 2020? The inspiring list of yoga benefits includes increased strength and flexibility, improved posture, better sleep, greater peace of mind, and increased ability to handle stress. But if you have never attended a yoga

A Time-Out Gift of Yoga for Yourself

By Janet Hennard, E-RYT500/C-IAYT ~   Are the holidays cheery hustle and bustle, or high-stress shopping? An exciting trip to see family or a holiday-induced travel nightmare? A festive event, or loss of needed downtime? Holiday stress can take a toll on your body and your spirit. And for some, the

Yoga Therapy: What Is That? Is It for Me?

By Janet Hennard, E-RYT500/C-IAYT ~   “My doctor prescribed yoga.” You may have heard someone say this, or perhaps your physician prescribed yoga for you. Medical professionals, many of them yoga practitioners themselves, are increasingly aware of the benefits that yoga and meditation provide in

Discover Why Savasana is the Most Challenging Yoga Pose

By Janet Hennard ~ What is the most difficult yoga posture, according to yoga experts? Is it one of those deep backbends, or a powerful twist? Perhaps it’s a core-challenging balance pose, or maybe a deep hip opener? Actually, it is savasana or corpse pose. You lie on your back in stillness (like

Yoga For Life: The Power of Mindful Breathing!!

By Janet Hennard. Mindful breathing. It is so fundamental to yoga that you will most likely spend a few minutes practicing it at the beginning or end of each class. Your teacher will remind you to be aware of your breath while holding a pose, and when moving from one pose to another. In yoga,

error: Content is protected !!