Beef Up Your Yoga Practice

Four Benefits of Using Weights with Yoga for 50+ By Janet Hennard, E-RYT500/C-IAYT ~ When you think of pumping iron, you usually don’t think of the fluid, meditative movements of yoga. But the health benefits of yoga-with-weights, adaptable for any age group, may convince you to integrate this hybrid

Yoga of Self-Care

By Janet Hennard, E-RYT500/C-IAYT~ We live in a time of extraordinary challenges. Even as the expected COVID-19 vaccine shines light at the end of a long, dark tunnel, we must carry on as best we can. However, these challenges can take a toll on our emotional health. A July 2020 Kaiser Family Foundation

Yoga Poses to Help You Feel Grounded in Uneasy Times

By Janet Hennard, E-RYT500/C-IAYT~ The year 2020 continues to challenge us — and not just in the physical ways we live, work, or learn. You may also experience issues in relationships, uneasiness about the future, or feelings of being out-of-sorts and off-center. Meditation, prayer, and sharing with

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

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