Arm balance prep for larger bodies

Arm balance prep for larger bodies

Hi everyone!  If you follow me on social media, you might already know that I sort of declared 2015 to be the year of the arm balance for supportive yoga.  I was getting a lot of questions about arm balances for large bodied yogis and I decided to put some serious thought into how to make these poses work for our bodies.  I’ve been working on eka pada koundinyasana a lot in my own practice so I decided to record a video of how I began prepping my body for this very challenging asana. You need strength of course – I don’t think you need me to tell you that.  And, here’s the thing, large bodies are strong bodies – we just have more to lift.  So any poses where we bear weight are harder for us. What I’m not sure everyone realizes though, is that you have to be pretty flexible to get yourself into the shapes of arm balances too – and that’s where this video comes in.  If you can do three-legged dog (downward dog with one leg up), you can do this prep work.  And if you can’t, you can do the first part of the video (hands and knees). In this video I: *show you how to bring your knee towards your elbow from hands and knees (table top position) *show you how to bring your knee towards your elbow from downward dog *Talk a lot – as per always, be a big dork and laugh awkwardly – as per always *Freak out a little bit about the fact that I’m doing a video...
Best Leggings Ever: Lineagewear Review

Best Leggings Ever: Lineagewear Review

It’s no secret that I LOVE yoga clothes.  Yoga clothes make up the vast majority of my wardrobe and since I left my office job behind, I pretty much wear yoga pants all the darn time.  I spend quite a bit (actually an embarrassing amount) of time trolling the internet looking for new and interesting activewear clothing lines.  So when Katie at Lineagewear, a local company based right here in NYC, offered to send me a pair of her beautiful leggings to try, I pretty much shrieked with joy and did a little happy dance around my bedroom. I had been eying Lineagewear leggings on Instagram and there were several things that made them standout from the vast array of other clothing companies advertising there.  First, the fabrics and patterns were beautiful – bold without being obnoxious, and it seemed like they looked good on pretty much everyone.  Second, I noticed that people of all different body types were modeling the leggings and further investigation revealed that Katie was offering leggings from sizes XS-3X, with no differentiation in price or availability of fabrics and patterns.  You guys – that’s special.  I don’t know if people realize how rare that is…so often plus sizes are relegated to limited patterns and colors or the upcharge is so outrageous, it’s ludicrous.  And, as much as I love companies that cater exclusively to plus sizes, I am so happy that Lineagewear is showing that you can offer a product across a large range of sizes that’s awesome for everyone.  I hope that other companies will follow that example. So let’s talk about the leggings…they’re...
Grounding Practices for the Holidays

Grounding Practices for the Holidays

It’s Thanksgiving week and I feel like the winter holidays are right around the corner! So I thought it might be a good time to talk about how you can use your yoga practice to work on grounding – i.e. finding steadiness and support through your connection to the earth.  This time of year feels anything but grounded to me – whether it’s the changes in weather, the super-long to do list, traveling, lots of social engagements – whatever.  This is a time when many of us feel pulled in 5000 different directions! For me this means that I get overwhelmed very easily. Feelings, good or bad, that might not send me for a loop normally are much more pronounced.  And I’m pretty much feeling all the feelings lately.  It’s been an interesting nine-ish months since I moved back to Brooklyn to try teaching yoga full time and I’m really not sure if I feel like I’ve been particularly successful at riding the roller coaster that this experience has been.  In general, I’m in favor of feeling all of your feelings (not just the positive ones) but it can be a lot! Some things have been so awesome, I can hardly believe they actually happened!  For example, the last week or so was an embarrassment of feel-good riches – working with Amber on developing Yoga Without Exception and teaching my first teacher training workshop for example.  But, I’d also be lying if I told you that I was where I thought I would be nine months in when I started this adventure.  To tell you the truth, I’m fairly frustrated...
Supportive Yoga Pose of the Month: November 2014

Supportive Yoga Pose of the Month: November 2014

Uh…so what happened to October?  Anyways, November came in with a bang and cold snap!  Hope you had a great Halloween and you are looking forward to Thanksgiving (gratitude, pie, whatever!).  I’ve got two awesome workshops coming up!  There’s still time to register for my Teaching Yoga to Students with Larger Bodies workshop in DC at Lighthouse Yoga Center on Sunday, November 16th at 2:00pm.  I’m also super excited to be bringing my signature inversions workshop (for everyone, for wimps, for anyone who thinks they can’t do it, or hates the phrase, “just kick up”) to Brooklyn.  I’ll be teaching the workshop at Mala Yoga on Thursday, November 20th at 7:30pm.  Space is limited so please sign up in advance!! For some reason, this month seems like a return to home base a bit for me.  I adore fall in NYC so maybe that’s part of it – I can really celebrate being “home”.  It might be one of the Instagram challenges I’m doing this month (#fallintoalignment) which, at least for now, is focusing on foundational yoga poses.  Who knows?  So when I put out a call for requests on the Supportive Yoga facebook page, and someone suggested tadasana (mountain pose) – hi Terry! – it seemed just right for this month’s pose of the month.  Nothing fancy, but so important. Tadasana certainly looks simple, right?  We’re standing still.  On two feet.  What’s the big deal?  But there is so much going on in Tadasana if you do it “right”.  Let’s start, like my teacher, Tias Little, says, from the ground up.  The first thing I ask students to...