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 [...]

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? [...]

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 [...]

What to wear to practice yoga

I’m not a big clothes horse. I figure, practice yoga in what works rather than worry about what’s fashionable. That said, it’s a good idea to wear clothes that are appropriate [...]

How to do crow pose (bakasana) safely

Crow pose (bakasana) is the entrance to more challenging arm balances. (Check out this video on my favorite way to get into the pose.) When practicing crow pose, you need a few key elements: [...]

Product Review: Zenifit Yoga Mat Bag (and discount!)

Amazon Link (US only right now) 20% discount code: RScott20 I really like this new bag from Zenifit! If you’re looking for a sweet little bag that makes transporting your daily yoga mat a [...]

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 [...]

Book Review: Harvard Medical School Guide to Yoga

Written by Marlynn Wei, MD and James Groves, MD, The Harvard Medical School’s Guide to Yoga pretty much had me at “hello.” To be honest, I get a little excited about anything [...]

Best yoga pants

Alright alright, I know that everyone out there has an article about the best yoga pants. So I’m going to weigh in and also provide a couple of links to some reviews that are out there. [...]

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 [...]

How to Protect Your Yoga Business with Yoga Teacher Insurance

Hey new yogis, many of you have asked me about insurance and why you need it. Check out this guest article from Canopy. They cover some important points and – for my yogis in the States [...]

How to Sequence to Bird of Paradise

Bird of Paradise is a bound standing pose, where you balance on one leg and try to look like a stork. But, you know, an elegant stork. It’s a doozy of a pose, requiring balance, open [...]

How to sequence safely to Natarajasana – Dancer’s Pose

Natarajasana – Dancer’s Pose – is a beautifully challenging yoga pose. It’s a complex pose with a lot of benefits: Opens the chest and front line of the body Works your [...]

A good, portable yoga strap: Zen Yoga Strap

The good folks at Zen Yoga Strap sent me a strap to try out.  At first I was dubious (“It’s just another kind of strap,” I thought. “Why not just buckle up a strap to [...]

What is the best yoga mat?

With so many yoga mats out there, it’s hard to know which one to buy! Here is my personal take on mats, and a link to a more thorough article by the folks at Runner Click and Reviews.Com. [...]

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 [...]

YogiSocks: Want socks for your yoga practice?

Vadim and David got in touch with me because they’d created a product that they thought may help foot-shy yogis out: YogiSocks. Now, socks for yoga are not a new idea.  ToeSox are the [...]

Flow Sequence to Wheel

A classic. Component Parts: backbending (thoracic) upper arms in flexion/ external rotation hip flexors open core engaged (lightly) neutral hips Sequence: Opening sit in virasana on blocks [...]

Sequence to Dragonfly. Bam!

I taught this delightful little power sequence in YYoga’s 3-Day Principles of YYoga Teacher Training as a demonstration of sensibly sequencing to peak poses. Keep in mind that access to [...]

Yoga confessions

I fall over in handstand. I try, I miss, I get afraid, I fall. I am not one of those effortless inversion mamas, deftly floating from pose to pose. I admire those practitioners, marvel at their [...]