My core has never been this sore! A well- held a belief in strength training: If you’ve got your core, everything else follows. There’s nothing like exploring one’s abdominal strength, or lack thereof, while simultaneously (and rather breathlessly) conducting interviews with some of Jackson’s most popular health and fitness gurus. As a former athlete and…

Question: How do the spiritual and contemplative aspects of yoga resonate with and affect you? Answers: (real answers from real yoga students) A: The physicality of breathing and intentional movement grants me access to the meditative mind. A: Making the mind/body connection grounds me. A: When the yoga class is over I am more in…

I was fortunate to be able to dine with some of my oldest friends recently. We discussed a modern book that was providing guidance for our children. As we talked about it, I realized that one aspect of the book was a teaching the same lesson as the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, which reads: “When…

Yoga class is full of forms: standing poses, balancing on hands or feet, seated poses, backbends. We shapeshift and move through poses on the belly, side and back. The yogi is always practicing moving into and out of forms as part of practice. One word for form in Sanskrit is Murti. This word is specifically…

Question: What is your brief definition of yoga? Answers: (responses from real people who practice yoga) A: Union of mind, body and breath A: Alignment of body and mind A: Striving towards the middle path A: Where I go to remember how to be calm A: Physical exercises which promote strength, exibility and balance A:…

Question: Why do you practice yoga? Answers: (an interesting and diverse array of real student responses) A: For sanity and peace A: To balance and heal my body from many injuries A: To improve my athletic performance A: Overall health A: To meet girls A: Stress reduction A: For community A: To detox A: To connect…

  You talk to anyone who does yoga, and they will tell you it is a practice. In the best of cases, it is a practice for life. Studies have shown that regular yoga asana practice over a long period of time supports flexibility and strength, peace of mind, and balance of emotions. But what…

  Authentic, (AWE-then-tic) adjective1. genuine. 2. made or done in the traditional way 3. Denoting an emotionally purposeful and significant mode of human life. Happiness, (ha-pee-nis) noun1.The state of being happy. 2. good fortune, 3. pleasure, 4. contentment, 5. joy Humans tend to have a false sense of who they are. Often this is constructed…

A peaceful warrior is always working on themselves. Someone who is continually facing life’s circumstances with a warrior spirit yet strives to keep their inner world and outer world at peace. It’s someone who has inner strength and personal power yet strives to live a peaceful life. Someone who is full of inner resources despite…

When we cut and cook an onion, it becomes translucent and reveals many aromas and flavors. Its layers reveal its beauty. And so do ours. As we peel back the layers of our being, we delve into the exploration of what we are made up of, what defines us, and what remains once all the…

Trying to close the gender gap in yoga, healing touch and mind-body therapies is an uphill battle for men who are not afraid to be touchy-feely as they work on themselves and others. But Jackson’s men are warriors, differentiating themselves from women therapists with new body alignment techniques and educating others about the body-mind connection…

Commitment can be scary. 365 days of handstands, however, may just be an upside-down perspective worth seeking. From the first handstand of her yearlong journey (in standstill traffic, on her way back from Mexico, after six months of sailing), Deidre Norman discovered that when she challenged herself to stay committed to daily documented handstands, she…

Yoga is a mirror. I stumbled upon yoga years ago at a time when the mirror of yoga and of my inner life seemed to be shrouded by a veil as thick as cotton. As I grew into womanhood and left my mother’s house for college, I began to dangerously attach my happiness to an…

We tend to forget that we are animals. I know it is not sexy or spiritually inspiring, but the truth is we are part of the animal kingdom. We are also unique. Our human experience is complex. We are animals with a conscious. Animals with an ego. We are self-aware. This can present a lot…

still intoxicated arrive to class with vodka in my chakras sending out stale ethanol contaminating sacred space with every purposeful breath my skin begins to perspire boozy scent seeping from pores corrupting the prana of sunrise flow squatting in chair pose, arms extended above head i recall a similar position on the dance floor in…

When I return home from a yoga training, like the 7 weeks I just spent with my teachers in Maui, I can most accurately gauge its effect. Do I feel rejuvenated, inspired, different or transformed in some way? Is there more clarity with regards to my current goals, intentions, and self-work? Do I have more…

A recent Harvard study reports anxiety and depression are hitting epidemic proportions in our country. It goes on to say that yoga and meditation are proving to be two modalities that are helping. As yogis we know this, and we practice what we preach each time we step on our mats. Our world of 24/7, constant-go…

Editor’s note: article and photos were repurposed from Uplift.com By allowing our fears to arise we create an opportunity for healing I once had a student who started to drift away and began to look sheepishly apologetic when she did come to class. She avoided my eyes and had an invisible wall around her mat.…

Editor’s Note: this post was originally published on Medicine Wheel Wellness’ Blog Unless you plan on competing in a strong man competition, or at a Crossfit event, why would you train as if you are? You most likely want to exercise so that you will feel better, perform better in your activities, have more energy,…