Yoga Squat/Garland Pose (Malasana)

If you have ever taken a Journey Into Power (JIP) class with me, when we get to a portion of the sequence, I cue yoga squat or crow pose. Because JIP is designed to move somewhat quickly through 53 poses, I do not spend a lot of time breaking down how to move into...
repair work

repair work

Sashiko stitching One of my hopes as a yoga practitioner and teacher is to practice what I learn on the yoga mat, in the rest of my life. There is always the most expected benefits: When you start moving more during a class (no matter the format), you will move better...
Benefits of jumping jacks and down dogs

Benefits of jumping jacks and down dogs

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. – Psalm...
Benefits of jumping jacks and down dogs

integrity… and core work

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the convictions of things not seen.” – Hebrews 11:1 What I believe inspires what I practice.  Integrity.  When I teach class, I constantly mention keeping your core engaged. I do this for several...