Yoga

Why Women Are Leading the Charge to (Re)unite Cannabis and Yoga

Rachael Carlevale, founder of Ganjasana, with cannabis plant. Photo by Tracey Eller (ellerimages.com), courtesy @CosmicSister Twenty people sit in sukasana, breathing together, on a flower of mats on the floor of a Boulder, Colorado studio. Like the flower’s central pistil, at the center of the circle, is a candlelit altar of cannabis plants [...]

By | April 20th, 2017|Yoga|0 Comments

Breathe through Fear: Yoga for the Courage to Jump from a Plane

Breathe through Fear: The power of yoga to provide focus when jumping from a plane. The thunderous roar of the C-130 engines filled the inside of the huge aircraft that was in flight at an altitude 1,200 feet above ground. I stood with shaking legs behind three other jumpers. Every muscle in my body quivered in [...]

By | March 3rd, 2017|Yoga|0 Comments

How to Choose a Yoga Teacher Training Program

Inquire within when it is time to choose a teacher training program. Photo of the One Down Dog Community by Sarit Rogers (Sarit Photography) When I enrolled in my first yoga teacher training program, it was because my teacher was gathering a group of students for a nine month long course. While I [...]

By | December 19th, 2016|Yoga|0 Comments

Profession and Practice: On Being a Hyphenated Yoga Teacher

Photo of yoga teacher Julie Carmen by Jeff Herrera I didn’t start out intending to have three careers, but one morphed into the next during my personal odyssey from acting to teaching yoga to working as a psychotherapist and yoga therapist in private practice. Looking around, I notice that I am surrounded by [...]

By | December 5th, 2016|Yoga|2 Comments

Posing with Alyssa Gaustad

Alyssa Gaustad practicing on the pedestrian bridge above the California Incline/PCH. Photo by David Young-Wolff davidyoung-wolff.com What motivates you to maintain a regular practice? I need it! It definitely brings out a better version of myself and makes my interactions and communication with family and co-workers smoother and more effective. I always feel better [...]

By | October 12th, 2016|Yoga|1 Comment

5 Poses for In-Flight Yoga

Sophie Jaffe demonstrating meditation photographed by David Young-Wolff Practices for airline flights (or any cramped quarters) When we’re ready to go on retreat or vacation, we’re ready! We’ve prepped. We’ve packed. We’ve boarded the plane. Yet the experience of actually flying can leave us cramped and cranky, just the opposite of being ready [...]

By | September 28th, 2016|Yoga|0 Comments

Your Brain on Yoga

  Karly Treacy practicing yoga. She is wearing clothing by Elektrix Love. Mat by Maji Sports. Photo by David Young-Wolff. Hair and makeup by Dawn Sorenson Undoubtedly the most cited aphorism in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra is the second: yogas-citta-vrtti-nirodah. Although numerous translations of these four words have surfaced, I’m partial to that of [...]

By | September 14th, 2016|Yoga|1 Comment

Three Steps for Transformational Yoga

Many of us who have been attracted to any healing modality found that our journey began in the moment when we said one essential word, “Enough!” This moment becomes our springboard for change and our inspiration for transformational yoga. We all may have great ideas about how other people should change, but when it comes [...]

By | July 27th, 2016|Yoga|0 Comments

Embrace Change Shift Patterns

    One of the benefits of our yoga practice is the ability to embrace change and shift our samskaras, which are our unconscious patterns. It is a process that has been an important part of my own life. If you had blended my mom and dad into one person with the traits that caused [...]

By | July 9th, 2016|Yoga|0 Comments

Reduce Road Rage with Yoga

Photo of Liz Arch by: David Young-Wolff Take Your Practice With You Driving on the freeway in Los Angeles often resembles a scene from the movie The Fast and the Furious. Fortunately, Yoga practice can help us reduce road rage. One memorable day, I watched a car in my rearview mirror come close [...]

By | July 7th, 2016|Yoga|1 Comment