How My Writing and Yoga (and Niko) Calm My Anxiety

How My Writing and Yoga (and Niko) Calm My Anxiety
I have anxiety.  The clinical kind.  The kind that some people think makes me a 'dramatic worrier looking for a diagnosis'.  The kind that makes those without mental illness and mood disorders question it's legitimacy.  But, that's ok.  Sometimes the symptoms of this disorder are external, and I mean even beyond the borders of my skin...

5 Yoga-based Exercises to Warm Up this Chicago Winter

Everyone knows winter in Chicago sucks. But, like many people, my mood begins to drop long before snowfall.  For me, the blues typically sets in come fall.  Cold weather and I are not friends.  I see the beauty in the idea of falling leaves and blankets of snow.  But, in practice, I find myself ill-equipped to cope with losing the safety of a green canopy, manipulating frozen water and standing up to cold weather's most nasty villain, wind.  So I turn to my yoga practice to keep my mood elevated and my body motivated to withstand Old Man Winter.   Here are my favorite go-to yoga tips to stay fluid amid the deep freeze ...

Get rid of it!

Get rid of it!
Inhalation is a natural reflex to the priority work of exhale.  That’s right, our body is much more interested in ridding itself of the toxic, acidic CO2 than it is in stocking up on O2.  Getting more isn’t the goal. Getting rid of what we don’t need is.  So often we are consumed with consuming.... Read more »
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3 Mindful Exercises to Help You Focus

3 Mindful Exercises to Help You Focus
Imagine it. The day starts off great. You’re in the zone. Work is flying by. You are crushing your to do list! Then, it hits. Distraction. Stress. Your mind becomes obsessed with the noise of coworkers chatting. Your eyes begin to glaze over. The drip of the coffee pot begins to sound like a jackhammer. These... Read more »

One Pose for Happy Feet

High heels got you down? This one pose has put the spring back into my step: Toe Squat, sometimes called Broken Toe pose. No, you won’t break your toes. But, the posture is quite intense, so have a couple firm pillows or yoga blocks handy. Start in table top, tuck all ten toes under and... Read more »

"I can't get no..." 3 Steps Towards Satisfaction on Your mat

Satisfaction. We all crave the desire to feel fulfilled, content. Easier said than done, right? This week I dove back into my anatomy training. So often when I search for answers, my analytically-bent mind goes toward what I can categorize and study. As I opened up my memory to concepts previously understood but more currently... Read more »
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Five Things You Must Bring to Yoga Class

Five Things You Must Bring to Yoga Class
I would prefer you leave your cell phone, purse, keys and shoes at the door. I’m not very concerned with the brand of your mat, pants or your punny yoga t-shirt. But, please don’t forget that the yoga sutras has asked us all to bring these things to our mats. Cleanliness Saucha – This is... Read more »

When Setbacks are Good.

I’ve been broadening my skillset with fitness training and workshops. In fact I’ve kicked my weightlifting and cardio into high gear. But, being a yogi who loves Power Yoga and vinyasa, I didn’t want to change my regular practice. Instead I just piled intensity on top of intensity. Guess what happened? Yep, I aggravated an... Read more »

Start By Stopping.

Start By Stopping.
My yoga mentor continues to be source of inspiration for me in my practice and in my professional life. Recently while in Kate’s class she opened up the sequence by saying, “We start by stopping.” As a yoga and fitness professional this made sense to me. You can’t successfully focus on class if your mind... Read more »
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Yoga Quickie: Two-Minute Meditation

Find a quiet place or don your headphones. If you can, dim the lights or sit in a space with natural lighting. Take a comfortable, well supported posture like easy seat (suhkasana), cross-legged on your mat.  or as I have n my pictured below, fixed-firm (a virasana variation) with the support of a block. For one... Read more »