By Kari Kemper The way to yoga varies. Many seek it as a form of exercise, a westernized version of a spiritual practice. Frequently you hear those who are more “devoted” (whatever that means) raise an eyebrow on those who use this a method of fitness. Or you may have some who can’t quite understand why one would chant at a kirtan, read the sutras, … Continue reading Answering the Call: Finding Your Path Through Yoga Teacher Training
by Rebecca Mendez Have you been staring at your phone or laptop all day? Feeling that “tech neck” ache? Is your “online spine” hunched over and sore? “Brain fog” rolling in and losing your focus? Take a yoga break. Right now. Stop reading this and move for just 30 seconds. No mat, no studio, no teacher. You don’t even have to stand up! Wiggle, stretch, … Continue reading Take a Yoga Break
by Pam Burton-Macauley I have a confession. Despite practicing yoga diligently for more than 30 years (and teaching yoga for 10 of those), I still haven’t mastered headstand or handstand, at least not without needing the support of a wall. For many years, I felt shame around this – as if the Yoga authorities would suddenly show up and revoke my Yoga card at any … Continue reading The Poses are not the Point
By Marie–Noelle Phillips Pilates Helps Every Body Pilates is great for every body of every age, and that includes those who are already active. No matter what kind of sport you play or which exercise you already do regularly, adding Pilates to the mix will only benefit you. Pilates not only helps maintain a flexible body, but it actually can help regain lost flexibility. It … Continue reading Why include Pilates in your practice and how can you benefit from it?
By Kari Kemper Mother’s Day is a time to acknowledge our mothers, our mother figures, all mother figures who have come before us, and those who are no longer with us. It is also important to acknowledge those who had to mother themselves. All of us are caregivers. We can be male and female. With children or without. Just being on this earth and in … Continue reading Honoring the Mother
by Christine Morita-McVey The World Health Organization recommends that adults do “muscle-strengthening activities at moderate or greater intensity that involve all major muscle groups on 2 or more days a week” and that older adults (over 65) add a third day of strength training and/or balance training. Maybe you’ve heard this or maybe you’ve heard that strength training is recommended for postmenopausal women or that … Continue reading Strength Training – What is it & How to Get Started
By Marie-Noelle Phillips Who would have thought dancing could be the key to learn a new language? Music is known as the “universal language.” Who doesn’t love breaking out in a silly dance after a long day? Many don’t know that dancing can actually be a vehicle for learning a new language! The secret is having fun. One of the biggest obstacles when learning a … Continue reading Dancing Through Language Learning
by Rebecca Mendez Is this something you think about? How about Yoga and Healthy Aging? Healthy Aging is on my mind quite often. One, because I teach a Yoga for Healthy Aging class at Sellwood Yoga every week (Weds at 10:30). And my Yoga for Healthy Aging Workshop 3 week series starts on April 7. Secondly, Yoga for Healthy Aging is critical for me as … Continue reading What does Healthy Aging mean to you?
by Carrie Booth There is a common misunderstanding that meditation is about transcending the body. That it is about light and formlessness and transcendence. Though, the body is the foundation through which everything else is experienced. We experience ourselves and the world around us through our body, as every inner and outer perception that we experience is registered within us as sensation. Breathing, emotions, thoughts … Continue reading Resting in Being