Your Guide to Yoga Mats

Let me make something clear. I don’t want anybody reading this and thinking they need to go out and buy a bunch of equipment. When I started doing yoga, I didn’t have any equipment (including a mat). I took free online classes in the middle of the carpet in my living room. And guess what? …

Integrating Yoga into Breast Cancer Care

Cancer. It’s a scary topic. Just about everyone you meet will know someone who has been diagnosed with cancer, and it may even be themselves. Cancer of any kind and the pharmacological treatments for it can result in decreased overall quality of life, respiratory problems, fatigue, difficulty sleeping, lymphedema, impaired balance and several psychological/emotional symptoms. …

Let’s Talk About Goals

“If you aim for nothing, you’ll hit it every time” -Unknown.  All too often people start yoga with the goal of doing backbends and headstands because…they look cool? To impress your friends? Instagram? So you can say you can? But my question is this: why do you feel the need to do that?  Obviously these …

Breathe

Photography by Noelle Johnson Photography The breath, pranayama, is a major aspect of yoga practice. It’s the forth limb of yoga and is integrated into any yoga class or video you’ll ever take (at least it should be). But why is the breath so important from a medical standpoint?  Obviously we need oxygen to live. …

Why Medical Yoga?

Good question. It’s a well-known fact that exercise is good for you. Non-negotiable. But as an occupational therapist I’ve seen many individuals over the years who struggle to exercise on a regular basis due to chronic pain, fatigue, joint problems, poor sensation in their limbs…the list goes on and on. And that’s just speaking physically. …