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Posts Tagged ‘Yoga Journal’

Curbing sadness with yoga practice

Someone I care about has been sad lately. I want to help him. And anyone else who could benefit from this post. So I did some research on yoga poses to help with sadness and mild depression. In yoga teacher training on Thursday night we focused on forward bends. Forward bends bring your energetic level […]


The amazing psoas muscle

The psoas muscle (pronounced so-az) affects every facet of your life, from your physical well-being to who you feel yourself to be and how you relate to the world. A bridge linking the trunk to the legs, the psoas is critical for balanced alignment, proper joint rotation, and full muscular range of motion, according to Yoga Journal website. […]


Dealing with grief

We don’t get over our grief, we change our relationship to it.- Lyn Prashant Life is suffering, the Buddha says, and even if you’re not given to abstractions it’s easy to see that life can be hard. The added strain of a major loss can make your world unremittingly bleak. Over the weekend my friend/co-worker/leader […]


Yoga pose: Extended Triangle Pose

I practice yoga regularly–about three times a week. Sometimes more. Utthita Trikonasana (Extended Triangle Pose) is a regular pose in my regular practice in both Hatha and Vinyasa classes. Every yoga pose has an anatomical focus, therapeutic application and many benefits. On the Yoga Journal website many poses are broken down step by step on […]


Weight baring yoga poses and osteoporosis

In Baxter’s yoga class the other day we focused on poses that can help the effects of osteoporosis and osteopenia. I find it fascinating that weight baring exercises, yoga included, can reverse the effects of these conditions. In a Livestrong article titled, Osteopenia & Yoga, Loren Fishman, physician, author and creator of the website Sciatica.org, […]


Can’t sleep?

I have a lot of trouble sleeping. I usually have no problem falling asleep. But staying asleep, well, that’s different. One of my yoga teachers Vickie has told class many times that Legs-Up-The-Wall is a great pose to try when you are having trouble sleeping. But you gotta either drag yourself out of bed or […]


What is Restorative Yoga?

This is what my friend Pam asked Monica and me yesterday before spin class as Monica and I were discussing the The Gift of Restorative Yoga workshop we attended today with Vickie. According to Namaste’s workshop link, Restorative Yoga uses props to support the body, allowing for expansiveness and ease while stimulating the body’s innate […]


Go Fit Girl! is thankful/grateful for many things

Today is Thanksgiving and I have many things to be thankful and grateful for. This list is just some of the things Go Fit Girl! is thankful for. (If it was Ann … it would never end.) I am thankful and grateful for: Yoga. Meditation. Setting intentions. In-Shape City Gym and teachers: Jenn, Jessica and […]


Cleaning my yoga mat

Last year I wrote about cleaning my yoga mat. I had a fairly inexpensive yoga mat and took a chance by throwing it into the washer. It dried rather quickly and seemed like a successful cleaning of the mat. I now have a Jade Yoga mat, which is rather expensive. And the material is different. According […]


Binds, twists and relaxation

Today in my Vinyasa flow glass we focused on binding and twisting. This Yoga Journal article gives a great and lengthy description of a Hatha practice while binding. The noose pose is a bind and a twist. We didn’t quite do this pose today. We did a bind while in a lunge. (Among many other […]