Breathing Begin and end your prenatal yoga session with gentle breathing. Focus on taking a deep breath in and a slow breath out. Never hold your breath. Inhale count for 1-2-3-4-5, pause briefly, exhale count for 1-2-3-4-5. Visualize the breath creating a peaceful environment for your baby. Circling the Belly Connect with the energy of your baby and increase the healthy prana by circling your hands around the belly in a clockwise motion. Circling the Belly […]
Yoga is a wonderful way to create comfort and ease during pregnancy and also to foster the healthy growth of both the baby and mother. > Click here to view a prenatal yoga sequence. Practicing yoga safely during your pregnancy There are varying opinions on how to practice yoga safely during pregnancy and certainly one should always consult their physician to find out what the precautions are specific to the expecting mother. The general rule is usually that a woman can […]
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 […]
Enjoy a mindful yoga practice for a good cause! Yoga classes at L’Aroma Cafe – 15 Spencer St. W. Newton Wednesdays (through May 18) 9:15am – Dynamic Flow Yoga (1hr) Monday (through May 23) 9:15am – Vinyasa Flow Yoga (1hr) $20/class Teacher proceeds will be donated to The Second Step. Bring your own yoga mat & towel. Cash only. Register in advance. Drop-ins welcome if space permits About the Instructor: Toby Kumin, has been teaching yoga in the Boston area for over 15 years. She […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]