How Yin Yoga Helps Me Through My Difficult Pregnancy

Last year, I purchased a 100-class card at a local yoga studio, good for a year.  It fitted my regular practice: besides my self-practice, I also attend formal classes at least 3 times a week.  Three months into the program, I was expecting my third baby.  Unfortunately, my yoga studio did not offer prenatal classes.…

My Love-Hate Relationship with Hip Openers

When I started my regular yoga practice two years ago, my hips were so stiff that I was wondering how my classmates could easily cross their ankle against the opposite leg, bend forward and squat. I could hardly cross the my ankle, let alone bend forward or squat!  Today, I tried the flying pigeon in my home…

Cultivating Awareness through Yin

For the past four days, I have been bringing this big bolster onto my mat whenever I get props for our yin yoga immersion.  Just in case Dona might decide to squeeze in a full saddle pose into the practice.  Based on experience, I can never go down into the full pose without sitting on a…

Twist Yoga: Good for Your Spine Too!

I’ve always had back issues.  In Why Yin Yoga is Good, I shared how yin yoga was able to relieve the pain on my left mid back.  Last week, however, my two-year old was unusually demanding and wanted me to carry and cradle her (mama, baby baby!) all the time.  I felt the strain on…

Why Yin Yoga is Good

In one of the more intense dynamic flow classes I attended, I got distracted and was not mindful.  As a result, I moved too quickly into a back bend  without realizing that my body was not ready.  Feeling that odd tweak on the left side of my mid back was alarming and as we transitioned…