17 years of Boston Yoga…

I registered www.bostonyoga.com in October 2000 with my friend Natalie (Graber) Smith during our 6 week ‘Ana Forrest yoga teacher’ training in Seattle. Lucky for us, yoga teacher training was not a trend yet so we were taught by one of the greatest yoga masters among a small group.  Wanting to promote our upcoming yoga teaching career we discovered that lots of URLs were available and bostonyoga.com, seemed like a good idea. Simultaneously a former boss from an internet company […]

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Core Strength to relieve low back pain

Enjoy this sequence of poses to relieve low back pain, prevent further injury, tone and strengthen core. Start slowly, take deep breaths, modify as much as you need. Be kind to yourself. (Thank you Nirva Patel for posing!) Cobra Push ups (Bhujangasana) 2. Forearm plank with leg circles.   3. High Plank (Utthita Chaturanga Dandasana) with gentle shoulder taps 3. Bridge (Setu bandha sarvagansana) with leg lift variations

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Living Joyfully

Every week I have the honor to teach one of my favorite classes,  ‘chair yoga’ at the appropriately named ‘Joyful Living Adult Day Health Center’.  The participants ages range from 70s-90s and although we practice a gentle sequence using chairs as support, they are very physically healthy, mentally alert and emotionally peaceful. Not many words are exchanged… I don’t speak Mandarin or Cantonese and they don’t speak English, but after teaching them for over a year it is clear that the […]

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9 Yoga Poses for Cyclists

Yoga is an amazing complement to cycling. It can help alleviate any sore muscles, strain, or tension caused by being on a bike. It involves deep breathing exercises that can really help to prepare you for a bike ride or help relax you after a bike ride, and it helps strengthen your core muscles to maintain a healthy posture and prevent sore back muscles.

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Music in Yoga Class

  Music in yoga class is an interesting and divisive topic in the yoga community. Many teachers in the yoga community are quick to categorize music used in yoga classes as ‘not serious’ yoga. Some of my earliest teachers told me that using music in class was like ‘cheating’, because the inspiration would be externally driven (by the music) and not come from within. But I often wondered… what would some of the greatest musicians say about that comment? When […]

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Yoga for skiing

After a full morning of skiing, I took of my skis to head in for lunch.  Just after I put my skis on the rack, I spontaneously dropped to my knees and came into camel. It was the perfect counter pose to the forward crouching ‘ski position’ that I had been in for the past 3 hours.  It felt great to open the front of my body and re-energize the back muscles. Normally camel is a deep back bend but […]

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