Posts tagged "Yoga"

Do your kids do yoga?

Do your kids do yoga?
I’m often asked if my kids do yoga.  My flexible daughter is a gymnastic enthusiast and the poses often overlap, although I wouldn’t say she does yoga.  My kids do not think yoga is cool and as much as I try and explain the benefits of breath and meditation, I obviously I cannot force them. A... Read more »

Support autism with yoga and beer

Support autism with yoga and beer
Seva is a Sanskrit word meaning “selfless service” or work performed without any thought of reward or repayment. This time of year, especially, it is important to provide service to others no matter how busy we are. You can support Have Dreams, a Chicago based non-profit that helps individuals with Autism learn, function independently and socialize so that they realize... Read more »

Practicing santosa can make our world so much better

Practicing santosa can make our world so much better
Santosa is part of the Niyamas and means being content with what we have.  According to yoga philosophy practicing santosa in our lives will bring us a sense of peace and inner joy. Yesterday we celebrated the Jewish New Year and the Rabbi spoke about schaudenfreude, a pleasure derived from the misfortune of others. These days... Read more »
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Rooftop yoga while wearing headphones

Rooftop yoga while wearing headphones
Last night my sister and I practiced yoga on a rooftop as the sunset over Chicago’s beautiful skyline. The weather was ideal and a DJ accompanied us as we flowed; yet it was silent. When we arrived, we were handed a set of wireless glowing LED headphones and it surprised me how much they could... Read more »

How often do you clean your yoga mat?

How often do you clean your yoga mat?
I’m guilty of going way too long without cleaning my yoga mat.  Sometimes logistics can be tricky because I don’t like to clean my mat before my practice because then it can be wet and slippery.  Afterwards I don’t always have time to let it dry.  Also, I don’t want chemicals near my mat. This... Read more »

Asana of the Day: Triangle Pose

Asana of the Day: Triangle Pose
Extended triangle pose, or Utthita Trikkoasana, is one of those deep and fulfilling poses that I try to squeeze into every practice.  It targets my hard to reach side body, lengthens my torso and opens my heart. Admittedly, I didn’t always love this pose and I believe it took me some time (years) to learn... Read more »
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Yoga games your children will love

Yoga games your children will love
If I ask my second grader to do yoga with me, lately more often than not the answer is “no.” She is always asking me to play with her and was thrilled when I invited her to play a yoga game together. ThinkFun’s Yoga Cards the Game is a very simple and easy way to incorporate... Read more »

Yoga quotes to inspire you

Yoga quotes to inspire you
Do enjoy when teachers read quotes during yoga class? I find concise and inspiring words can be motivating and eye-opening on the mat. Here are a few of my favorite impactful quotes plus a funny one. Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured.–B.K.S. Iyengar “The success... Read more »

Five random yoga facts

Five random yoga facts
Did you know… 1. Yoga began in Northern India over 5,000 years ago. The word yoga was first mentioned in the oldest sacred texts, the Rig Veda. 2. According to Yoga Journal, Americans spend 2.5 billion dollars a year on yoga instruction. 3. People who practice yoga are believed to live longer than their counterparts who don’t. The... Read more »
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Take five minutes to breathe today

Take five minutes to breathe today
This cartoon made me laugh out loud and really spoke the truth to me at the same time. We all spend a large chunk of our time taking care of other people and we forget to be kind to ourselves.  Our population generally feels guilty for doing nothing. This week I suggest you set your... Read more »