Standing up straight seems like quite a simple thing to do as an upright, walking human being. But when we really get into the details of it, we realize how much is “going on” if we stand up straight and are actually aware of our bodies. In addition, the actions of a proper mountain pose, or Tadasana, give direction for alignment of feet, activation of leg muscles, and the openness of the chest....
People Who Rock
Eden Full really inspires me. At 19 years old, she is the founder of Roseicollis Technologies and has developed a technology called the Sun Saluter, allowing solar panels to be more efficient by generating up to 40% more electricity. She is a student at Princeton University and is currently taking time off to focus on her prototype and on testing the technology in communities that are in need of...
It’s better to be a lion for a day than a sheep all your life.– Sister Elizabeth Kenny
Looks I Love
Finding great loungewear that is eco-friendly can be a challenge. The cotton is never as soft as you would like or the fabrics are vegetable dyed in colors that you would never really wear. So when I stumbled upon Loup Charmant I was ecstatic. They have taken simple designs and luxurious fabrics and made a heavenly collection that I not only want to lounge in, I want to live in....
Yoga Shouldn't Hurt
I think the old phrase “No Pain, No Gain” expired at the turn of the millennium. And it definitely has no place in the practice of yoga! I confess, I see more faces of distress in my yoga classes than I do expressions of bliss, so perhaps it’s time to say it clearly: YOGA SHOULDN’T HURT! Let’s make a specific distinction between pain and sensation. You will certainly feel your muscles...
Stuff That I Worship
While I think it’s an advancement that companies like Windex and Clorox now have more eco-oriented versions of their chemical based cleaners, I confess I like my products pure. I’m a devotee of Seventh Generation, established in 1988 in Burlington, Vermont, a company long committed to creating products that help protect human health and the environment. How excited am I to finally see their...
Well of Wellness
* When people congregate indoors, colds and flus start going around. This is the time for hand sanitizing and hand washing! Start taking your favorite immunity booster before that first cold hits. Take higher doses of Vitamin C and show this season that you are not to be trifled with! I also love Elderberry syrup, a sweet treat that also happens to boost the immune system. Try Nature’s Way...
As the nights get longer and the winds get stronger, the cold air becomes less inviting and more something we shelter ourselves from. Our desire to stay in, curl up and warm up in a restful way is real and on most occasions should be honored. But in the yoga practice, we always seek balance so at this time of year, lets reverse our thinking a bit. If the tendency is to feel cold, our yoga...