What to Buy For your Yogi Friend This Holiday Season

Have a yogi friend that you want to do something special for? I love Half Moon Yoga Products; I’ve been using their stuff for years. Great quality, competitive pricing (even better with the [...]

Does fasting prolong your life?

Traditional religious practices in Christianity, Buddhism, Islam have all included fasting (Karras et al., 2016). In yoga, fasting is a pillar of the philosophical principle of sauca, or [...]

How to stay healthy while travelling

I love travelling. But I don’t always like its impact on my body. While travelling can create novel opportunities for exercise (ie: sightseeing a new city, doing a vacation sport like [...]

How to beat insomnia

Did you know that an estimated 10% of Americans suffer from chronic insomnia, which can greatly impact the quality life?  Benefits of a good night’s rest include having a better mood, [...]

Five poses to practice on Thanksgiving

It’s US Thanksgiving, time for turkey and thankfulness! But you don’t have to be slurping stuffing (or even be celebrating the holiday, oh my Canadian brethren) to take this as an [...]

Steps for a recovering perfectionist

Are you a recovering perfectionist? Here are some clues that you may be in this camp (with me, I might add): you need (NEED) to make all the fonts match in your writing you have to clean your [...]

7 Signs you Should Start Practicing Yoga

Yoga is a low-impact form of exercise that still  gives you an excellent workout. It helps you to relieve tension, build strength and relax your mind. Wondering whether to take up a yoga class? [...]

Three Tips for Effective Learning

Learning is one of the most important activities in life. We don’t just learn when we cram before the exams, but each day we should aim to gather new knowledge that will deepen our understanding [...]

Giveaway: Win a 5-day Spirit Pass to BaliSpirit Festival!

What is  BaliSpirit Festival? BaliSpirit Festival is an international yoga and music festival, celebrating community and well-being in Ubud, Bali, April 2-8, 2018.  Now in its 11th year and [...]

Review: Book Yoga Retreats

As many of you know, I took a yoga retreat to Bali recently. In fact, this was my first yoga retreat ever as a practitioner! Part of the reason that I took this yoga retreat was because the folks [...]

Yoga tourism and teacher trainings in Bali

The Yoga Barn has a wall that displays posters of its workshops. The teachers are predominantly white. Travelling to Bali brought up mixed feelings. Happy to be there, certainly, but also [...]

Yoga Tips From Sports Stars

Check out this guest post by Tracy Moore, who has done research on how athletes are using yoga to up their game and performance. Wonderful to see how yoga can help us all toward functional [...]

Sleep. The other thing you really need.

Ah, sleep! How I resist you! I don’t think anyone can deny that a good night’s sleep is delicious. However, most of us get up too early, go to bed too late, and always have “one [...]

Yes you can. New Years 2017

I stared up the hill and really didn’t know if I could do it. I have the lung capacity of a hamster and I was already sitting at over 12,500 feet. And while I may be a good yogi, my leg [...]

Dealing with Death

George Michael is the last straw. The list of fallen heroes in 2016 has become too long. David Bowie, Prince, Alan Rickman, Anton Yelchin, Gene Wilder, Gary Shandling, Leonard Cohen. Some, like [...]

The seduction of certainty: what Trump has to do with yoga

“Don’t turn your feet out.” “Never drink water during practice.” “Flex your foot to protect your knee.” “Don’t invert when you’re [...]

Not everyone who practices yoga is happy; and that’s okay

I experience anxiety and depression. In my life, I have fallen into despair and loneliness, had suicidal thoughts, cut myself to purge the pain, taken anti-depressants, and curled up on my floor [...]

Why yoga should be like your kitchen

Have you ever noticed that whenever you have a party, everyone winds up in the kitchen? No matter how much you decorate your living room or spruce up the dining room, everyone winds [...]

Beauty is at the edge

This past week I had a difficult conversation with a loved one. It was one of those rip-your-heart-open-say-what-you-really-think experiences where I felt uncertain and scared. Usually a rational [...]

Saying no to right/ wrong

I’m right! You’re wrong! Ooooo, it feels so good to be right!! Doesn’t it? Being right is brain happy food. “He is soooooo wrong!” I say, outraged (but somehow gleeful). When I’m right, I feel [...]