The Seven (Main) Chakras

Have you heard of them? … These seemingly magical energy centers in our bodies? It’s not magic. It does correlate with spirituality, however. Back to chakras… I like to think of them conceptually. Thinking conceptually creates a deeper understanding for me because, to me, chakras are similar to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs (did you know…

The How and Why of Malas

When I first started my Yoga practice, I didn’t realize how important Malas are to many Yogis. I didn’t even know what Malas were. A few years ago, however, I wound up in a studio where Malas were very present and meaningful. They adorned the necks and wrists of the Yogis I admired. They sat…

Mindfulness and Meditation

There are plenty of times when I want to give up. Give up exercising, give up eating well, give up loving, give up helping, give up smiling. It is in those moments where I feel like giving up that I realize there is nothing to give up except perfection. I can exhale with relief. All…

How to Begin a Yoga Practice

The first thing one learns in Yoga is that it’s all about breathing. To begin your Yoga practice, please pay attention to your breath. You are not looking for anything in particular. Once you have learned to breathe, there are numerous outlets for learning the asanas (poses) of Yoga: DVDs Books Online videos In-person sessions…