I met Betsey Downing a few years ago when she was teaching a class how to teach yoga progressively. Betsey Downing has always been an advocate for making yoga accessible for all by training teachers to create progressive and inspiring classes.
Adding jumps backwards into Plank pose and hops forward to the top of your mat, can elevate the intensity of any yoga sequence. Mastering these tricky transitions takes some time, patience, and core strength! In the video below, I’ll share my favorite alignment cues and special techniques to help you take flight, while also building your upper body and core strength.
Anna Guest-Jelley is one of the first yoga and body image advocates. She started the conversation over 5 years ago and continues to be on the forefront of creating awareness and conversations around yoga and body image.
In today’s webcast of Yoga Trial Blazers I interview Sid McNairy, a deeply spiritual and passionate Yogi. He is one of the few men of color we see on the mat and his approach to yoga, spirituality and personal growth is inspirational.
Everyday activities like sitting in a desk can tighten up your hips and tight hips often results in low back pain! Fortunately, hip opening yoga poses can help reduce and relieve that back pain by stretching out the hips and the psoas muscle.
Listen as Dana Smith and I talk more about the mainstream image of yoga, how to change what we see on the mat, the impact of books like Yes Yoga has Curves on the yoga and body image movement, the road to loving yourself and, so much more!
So a lot of us bigger sized yoga people love to give certain companies (cough lulu cough) grief for not making bigger sized yoga clothes. In an attempt to focus on the positive, I have found a few brands that do make great yoga pants, shirts and other yoga clothes for the more curvy yoga practitioner.
Dianne Bondy adds video blog posts for Days 17 and 18 of the Yoga Challenge. Day 17 covers going to a yoga studio and Day 18 talks about how to step your foot between your hands.
Day 7 and 8 of our challenge are here. It has been an amazing journey. I find I find it hard to get on my mat sometimes, so I am grateful to you and this challenge for keeping me accountable.
Today I’m checking in on how Day 4 of the challenge is going for me, plus I share a favourite playlist that you can try with your practice.
It was really had to get up this morning. I set my alarm with the intention to get up and practice; it was so hard. It helped knowing that you were all in this with me. It helped me get to my mat. Getting there is 90% of the battle for me. I did 10 minutes of meditation and 10 sun salutes. Success!
I decided after my practice this morning I would blog about everyday. I wanted to stay connected to the practice and to you! I thought it would be cool to share our experiences of this challenge together. Like you I struggle everyday with keeping my yoga practice consistent. I want to change that. I want to take better care of me. I am committing to doing 30 days of yoga.
People always talk about having an “Attitude of Gratitude.” Gratitude raises my vibration, much like yoga does. It keeps me motivated to do good in the world, continue my practice and to help raise other peoples vibration.