Boosting Breastmilk Supply through Yoga

I recently resumed my yoga practice focusing on loosening the shoulders, neck, hamstrings, and hips.  A wrist injury and weak abdominal muscles meant leaving the chaturangas and other strong sequences behind (at least for now).  From 15 minutes, I built my practice to an hour and I noticed that after a particularly calming and relaxing…

Natarajasana or Lord of the Dance Pose

The name comes from the Sanskrit words nata meaning “dancer”, raja meaning “king”, and asana meaning “posture’.  Nataraja is one of the names given to the Hindu god Shiva in his form as the cosmic dance. This pose has always fascinated me because it represents events that may, at first, glance, be catastrophic.  Yet, just like the Shiva the…

Prenatal Backbends

I have never been a fan of backbends, particularly the deep ones.  As my pregnancy progresses, only a few remaining backbends are available to me.  These, I do not practice, as I prefer the gentle seated poses that stretch my hips and hamstrings.  Yet, during my maternal photo shoot, the most natural poses that occurred…

Modifications in Pre-natal Yoga

I totally stopped asana practice during my first trimester due to doctor’s orders.  As I entered second trimester, I restarted my practice, feeling weak and awkward.  There are a lot of poses that are no longer advisable and with the remaining asanas, modifications have to be adopted. I am now entering into my 3rd trimester…

Benefits of Prenatal Yoga

I started my daily yoga practice around two years ago and with my third child, I plan to sustain my daily practice with pre-natal yoga.  For now, I was advised bed rest, so any asana practice is off the table.  But with meditation and breathing, I still continue my yoga practice.  I can’t wait to…

Extended Triangle Pose

The triangle pose is one of the first asanas I have learned, yet, one which I find challenging.  Challenging in the sense that I find difficulty in creating awareness about how my body should be aligned in this pose.  I am quite flexible in my hamstrings and I have a tendency to just “hang” into…

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…

Backbends: A Journey of Discovering Fears

It has been almost a year since I wrote about backbends.  My feelings over backbends haven’t changed much, I’m afraid.  I don’t like the thought of doing them.  In Ashtanga, for example, we are asked to hold the wheel for 5 breaths.  And we do it three times!  Even as the the instructor would cue…

How to Teach Meditation to Your Kids

The first thing that comes to mind when we hear the word “meditation” is an image of a figure serenely sitting cross-legged with eyes closed.  Oftentimes, we think that sitting quietly is meditation.  If this is the case, I cannot imagine how I can teach my three-year old daughter meditation as she cannot sit still…

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…

Why You Should Take Kids Yoga Teacher Training

  I never contemplated taking kids yoga teacher training.  Except with my daughters, I’m not particularly good with kids.  Kids are noisy.  They cry,  spill things.  They can be unruly.  And generally can drive you crazy.  I’m not naturally outgoing.  Being cheerful takes a tremendous amount of effort.  Perhaps precisely because of these, I took…

Marichyasana I

I’ve recently tried to add Ashtanga into my practice for at least 2 times a week.  I love this yoga style because it instills discipline into my practice.  It likewise challenges me out of my comfort zone.  My favorite pose in the primary series is Marichyasana I, a pose dedicated to the sage Marichi. I…

Ashtanga Jump Back and Jump Through

It took experts 5 years of daily practice to finally be able to float through the poses.  Let’s start by breaking it down.  I love this short tutorial by Kino MacGregor: Practice and all is coming.  Namaste.  

Moving Beyond Asanas

Just a couple of months ago, I wrote in Getting to Know Yourself that asanas play the only role in my practice.  But after reading Iyengar’s Light on Life, I started to gain a better understanding about the other limbs of yoga. As I explore my yin practice further, I noticed how setting intentions and focusing…

Yoga Studio: Beyond Yoga

In my article 5 Things to Consider When Choosing a Yoga Studio, I indicated that I would start visiting yoga studios and post reviews.   I have reviewed Urban Ashram.   This time I was fortunate again to get a discounted 20-class card at Beyond Yoga.   I have also earlier attended beginner’s class for the studio’s…

Practice and All is Coming

Recently, I have been feeling tight as I increased stronger sequences in my practice.  I felt that I was not progressing in creating space in my body.  In today’s practice, I was very surprised that for the first time I could bind into revolved bird’s of paradise!  Sure, I was all wobbly and my breathing was erratic. …

Finding the Right Yoga Teacher

I have always believed that self-practice is critical to stay committed to one’s daily practice.  As such, I started my journey using online videos.  As I deepened my practice, however, I realize that I couldn’t progress without the guidance of hand-on adjustments.  Thus, I started joining yoga classes.  In my previous article, I wrote about…