Psoas: Diving Deeper

Tightness in the back? Grinding your teeth at night? Tension in your hips? The psoas (pronounced SO-az) might be the culprit. This muscle is the only muscle in the body that starts in the back and ends in the front. It begins right at T-12, wraps itself around the ribs, underneath the abdomen, and inserts…

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Caught in the Napa Fires

At 9:50pm a red glow emerged over the hills. At first I couldn’t distinguish what it was but as we continued driving, we realized the glow was actually bright orange and red flames rolling down the mountains. My family and I had just tasted a wonderful meal at the Culinary Institute of America in Napa,…

4 Steps to Get Rid of Negative Self Talk

“I hope I can remember to cue the same on the left as I did on the right,” I say to myself during nearly every yoga class I teach. “I really should get that blog post finished today,” runs through my mind Wednesday mornings before my newsletter goes out. “I can’t believe I wore these…

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Heal Your Body Through Yoga

Most of my work day is spent observing others. These empowered souls crawl onto their yoga mat with some sort of intention to heal. With September being national yoga month, I thought it would be lovely to shine some light on the benefits of yoga. Whether it is a physical ailment, a stressful situation, or…

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Pigeon

Pigeon pose is a sweet hip release that often brings on a lot of emotions. This is perfectly normal so do not be astonished if you feel a little emotional during this pose. Pigeon lengthens the psoas muscle in the back leg. This muscle is the only muscle that starts in the back of the…

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Urdhva Dhanurasana (Wheel Pose)

Urdhva Dhanurasana or Upwards Bow (Wheel) Pose is a wonderful pose to crack the crust off your heart. It can help increase energy. It’s great for strengthening the arms, legs, abdomen, and spine. Begin on your back. Bend your knees and set the soles of the feet on the floor. Keep your ankles stacked underneath…

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Breathe Essential Oil

We were at my family’s brunch the other week and my Auntie Seanne was in town from California. She was congested and was suffering from itchy eyes. My Auntie Kim offered up a Benadryl or some other type of medication and Auntie Seanne felt a sense of relief. Auntie Kim immediately runs inside to grab the…

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Nadi Shodhana (Alternate Nostril Breathing)

Nadi Shodhana is a breathing technique used for many benefits. According to Sue Neufeld, it balances the hemispheres of the brain. You can use this breathing technique when you have a stuffy nose. It is also great for focusing the mind, supporting the lungs and respiratory functions, rejuvenating the nervous system, removing toxins, and settling…

Save yourself from fall allergies

A Claritin a day keeps the tissues away. Or so you think. This transition into fall brings about many seasonal changes. You may be that student in yoga class who keeps a box of Kleenex next to your mat. Pollen and ragweed are here for the fall allergy season and you are probably praying for these…

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Reusable lunch ware? I’m your girl!

“You seriously keep that in your purse?” I’ve heard multiple times when I pull out a metal straw. I recently found out you cannot recycle plastic straws due to their size. I keep this cute little canvas bag filled with my fork, knife, spoon, metal straw and yes, chopsticks. I don’t think I’ve used the…