Continuing with our resources for a lasting yoga practice, here are a couple of books considered to be staples for an advancing yoga practice.
In Ojai, California we find Suza Francina
and her updated and upcoming release of her book entitled The New Yoga for People Over 50
. As a certified Iyengar yoga instructor she has extensive experience working with senior communities as well as in home health care for convalescing people....
Amidst the beaches of North Carolina, yoga teacher Jean Costa gathers with a group of women who have survived breast cancer and are seeking a refuge where they hope to regenerate their health and spirit.
Born from her own struggle with breast cancer, Jean Costa personally experienced the need of a restorative and supportive atmosphere for women being challenged with this disease. (more…)
Recently I came across a statistic that stated “One out of three women and one out of four men are on a diet at any given time.” And that on average a young girl begins dieting from the age of fourteen and is more worried about getting fat than she is about getting cancer. How did our society get to this point? (more…)
“It took a devastating car accident, paralysis from the chest down, and dependence on a wheelchair before I truly realized the importance of my body.” -Matthew Sanford
After suffering a car accident when he was 13, which caused him to be paralyzed from the waist down, Matthew Sanford
refused to allow his circumstances to limit his ability. With that strength of mind, he ultimately exhibited the vision and courage to recreate his life for the benefit...
It seems as though no matter what new vitamin or exercise plan is being touted these days, we are still seeking to find the source of true vitality. One of the reasons I decided to begin a yoga practice was to find a way to have increased stamina and to renew my natural energy throughout the day.
I had been gradually feeling lethargic and restless at the same time. After several days of feeling overwhelmed from work or family responsibilities...
To lift my spirits, I sing. And this month - with mercury in retrograde and the fire season in California and a summer of strange and wobbly changes that have affected my bank account, my health and my confidence - I've been singing a lot! (more…)
Having just watched an very good public television special called Menopause and Beyond
with Dr. Christiane Northrup made me reflect on one of the most common questions asked by female yoga students: can doing yoga help with menopause? (more…)
That's what the yoga instructor said as he called my name in class, "puff your kidneys!" I am still capable of quipping back in a New York minute - "say WHAT?"
Developing a heightened sense of where your kishkas
are may come after many years of yoga practice and study, but that instruction had me puzzled for the rest of the class. It's not the first time I've heard it in an...
A yoga class can be a place where students, especially female students, may experience issues around authority, self-authority, and their bodies. Certainly I have, when stepping into a class and placing myself onto my yoga mat in front of a yoga teacher I do not know, whom, I hope, will know how to work with my limitations. (more…)
I have completed 10 days straight doing Bikram Yoga! Feel great.
No aches, no injuries, didn't pass out or drop from heat exhaustion. There's a nice cleaned- out feeling with my skin looking good and my organs having had a good squeeze and rinse out! So how would it compare to doing 10 days of any other type of yoga? And would I recommend it? Continue Reading: 10 Days with Bikram Yoga