Garland Pose

This summer, when you find yourself bustling from one activity to the next, take a moment to come back to center and connect with your root. (And gardeners, spend some time off your knees during those weeding sessions. Instead, plant your own root into the earth.) Garland Pose Variation (Malasana) aka Squat 1 – From … Continue reading Garland Pose

wring out the old

Adding twists to your Springtime movement practice has many benefits…increased mobility and awareness, a longer, more supple spine and a detoxifying effect. Twists can help to empty the abdominal organs of old blood and fluids, making space for freshly oxygenated, nutrient-rich blood to rush in when you unwind. Spring cleaning! Try this gentle reclining twist … Continue reading wring out the old

Embody spring with uttanasana

Spring has arrived early in Seattle. Everywhere, there are stems, trees and shrubs with buds in various stages of opening. Outside of my house, I have watched as the nearby magnolia awakens, first vibrant folds of green appeared on the branches, only to give rise to supple buds holding all of their promise tucked within; then, slowly at first, each bud extends itself, petal … Continue reading Embody spring with uttanasana

Bring out the sun

Here we are, counting the days to winter solstice. Well, at least I am. Because, after that darkest day, slowly, incrementally, our days will start to brighten and become longer. We just have to endure a little darkness first. Really, the darkness is not so bad. It provides us with a natural place to rest and reflect, … Continue reading Bring out the sun

Legs Up the Wall

July was HOT. Have you been feeling sluggish? What about weary and swollen? As much as we can relish these beautiful, sunny summer days, heat can cause vasodilation, meaning our blood vessels expand, causing us to feel fuller, heavier and slower. With the help of gravity, legs up the wall can support healthy venous return–the rate … Continue reading Legs Up the Wall

Jala Neti

I’m not going to pretend that at first, I wasn’t freaked out by the idea of sinus irrigation. I didn’t understand why someone would want to pour water up the nose and I envisioned it to be a difficult process requiring struggle and discomfort, like getting water up their nose when swimming, which is uncomfortable … Continue reading Jala Neti