Yoga

Yoga 101

I have really been enjoying teaching Yoga 101 workshops at Purple Yoga. I have a heart for beginners. I love going back to basics; I love getting into details, a strong foundation on which to build is so important. I do a lot of talking when I teach the workshop – there is so much information! However here is what I think are five key pieces of information for the new yoga practitioner. Read More →

Playlist: Feel

Here is a more recent compilation I’ve really been enjoying using in class lately. Each one of these songs is just cool – deep beats, emotive, inspires feeling.

I love drama in songs, for example track 2, “Bloodflood” has a long pause, a break in the music near the end of the song, that pause carries tension for a good three seconds and then the music comes pouring back in – so good. I also like the recurring lyric, “breathe in” with an audible inhale, “exhale” with an audible exhale, very yoga, I dig it.

More drama in savasana with Imogen Heap’s “Hide and Seek.” Auto-tune. A cappella. Awesome. Read More →

Road to Teacher Training 2011

It was three years ago today (3years!) that I submitted an essay to Purple Yoga to be considered for their work/study scholarship for the fall semester of Yoga Teacher Training. I love that I had a a chance to write down my experiences on my yoga journey, at that point I had been practicing for just a year and a half, it’s amazing to see where I was and how far I’ve come. Now I am a teacher, I love teaching yoga, and I think being aware of where I came from really helps me be a better teacher. My hope is to be able to connect with each of my students wherever they are in their practice – helping a beginner build a foundation, just as I had to do. Or encouraging a more experienced practitioner in their challenges and adding new layers and depth to their practice, just as my teachers did for me – especially during teacher training. Just as a personal yoga practice is always evolving, so it is with teaching yoga as well. I’m so glad I found my way to this path, I am so grateful to Purple Yoga and my teachers. Even as I write this they are gearing up for this fall’s Yoga Teacher Training to begin in just one month, and other yogis (perhaps even students of mine!) are preparing for this wonderful experience, and even writing essays of their own, just as I did.

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The Best Way to Clean a Yoga Mat

This comes up a lot at the studio. Incidentally, the best way to clean a yoga mat is also the cheapest way!

For just about any kind of mat, good ol’ plain white vinegar will do the trick. It cuts through the dirt and that oh so unpleasant film that builds up on your mat. Read More →

Marilyn Did Yoga…

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Why Yoga? 10 Benefits!

Yoga is an oft-recommended form of exercise. A recurring question then, asked of those who teach yoga is: What is so good about practicing yoga? My doctor says I should do it, but why? Yoga is more than mere physical activity. Yoga is a holistic practice that helps us maintain a healthy body and mind in a myriad of ways. It is good for the muscles, brain, bones, organs, and everything in between that holds it all together.

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Favorite Yoga Songs #1

Music and yoga go together like… Hall & Oates, like Kool & the Gang, like… Me & Bobby McGee. Music helps set the tone, and the pace. Music can deepen your yoga practice and take it to new heights. Lucky for me I can meld two of my passions.

I think A LOT about what songs are good to practice yoga to. Many of my favorite songs in general are not great for yoga, but these ones are! This is not a playlist, these are just a few of the songs that have made their way onto a number of my playlists. My students have heard these 10 songs over and over again. Often someone will ask me after class…. “what was that song?” Here are some of the most frequently asked about songs, and maybe you’ll discover one here that you’ve always wanted to know what it is but never asked!

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