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Wanderlust Squaw Valley 2015

Wanderlust Squaw Valley awaits us next week at the gorgeous Squaw Valley Resort in Tahoe, California. I’ve been blessed with passes to three previous Wanderlust Oahu events, but this will be my first event on the mainland, and I couldn’t be more excited. My partner and I are looking forward to sleeping under the stars […]

July 11th

The Benefits of Hot Yoga in Cold Climates

I’ve recently moved from the tropical climate of Hawaii to Seattle. It’s been less than a week, but the chill I felt as I stepped off the plane and out of the airport was instant. My “endless summer” came to a halt even before I landed.  A few hours before we began our descent, the […]

November 19th

Pranayama – Yogic Breathing Techniques

One of my favorite moments teaching yoga is right at the beginning when students take their seats.  Sometimes they look at me and I can feel their eagerness, their bodies ready to take the shapes and forms of the asanas.  Other times half the class is lying down in savasana, looking more ready for a […]

October 31st

Malas and Mantras – Om Ganesha

“Om Gum Ganapatayei Namaha” This mantra is a salutation to the remover of obstacles Lord Ganesha. Ganesha is one of the most popular and well known deities honored throughout India and Hindu cultures. Easily recognizable, Ganesha has a large elephant head and pot-bellied human body. Ganesha is also the God of success and revered for […]

October 8th

Yoga Somatics

You aren’t likely to find a “Yoga Somatics” class on the schedule of your neighborhood yoga studio.  Heck, I’m a yoga teacher (albeit a newbie) and I hadn’t even heard of the practice before a few days ago.  As I was rolling up my mat after a calming introspective class, my teacher Amanda mentioned she […]

September 23rd

Yoga Asana of the Week: Half Lord of the Fishes Pose

Eight hours at a desk? Two hours sitting in traffic? An hour sitting in front of the television after dinner? Do any of these activities sound familiar? Sitting (and also long hours of standing) puts a lot of pressure on our lower vertebrae, restricting circulation to that area. When we mindfully twist our bodies we […]

September 20th

How to Do Camel Pose: Yoga Asana of the Week:

BACKBENDS.  What does this word elicit for you?  I’ve heard answers ranging from joy, passion, happiness and radiance – to fear, anxiety, and aversion. There are those yogi’s who happily drop into backbends, no problem, and those who would rather opt out of this part of class.  One main purpose of backbends is to experience a […]

August 23rd