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  • Stretch and De-stress with Five Hip-Opening Yoga Poses

    If a yoga class worked like request radio, hip openers would be a chart topper. Tight hips are a major roadblock for many students who want to deepen their yoga practice and master a wider range of poses.

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  • Three Partner Yoga Poses to Bring You Closer to your Valentine

    Partner yoga can provide a fresh perspective. Whether you are practicing with your honey or your best friend, working with another person helps you change preconceptions about what you can and can’t do.

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  • Support Mindful Eating with These Five Yoga Poses

    Feeling good is an easy habit to maintain. It allows you to enjoy your food, enjoy your body and grow toward your full potential. That’s something no diet, pills or surgery can ever do. So strike a pose and celebrate a healthier you!

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  • Five Yoga Asanas to Ease Your Aching Back

    Before you pop some pain pills or invest in some pricey stretching equipment, grab your yoga mat or YogaPaws. A regular yoga practice not only may help to ease many of the physical aspects of lower back pain, but to increase the strength, flexibility and overall health of your back and spine.

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  • Three Yoga Asanas to Create Energy and Calm in Your Second Chakra

    Yoga and pranayama, along with freeing this chakra is essential on every level. Water moves, ebbing and flowing, as it finds its own course around all of the obstacles in its way. Keeping balance in the second chakra will bring that flexibility, ease of mind, body and spirit and creativity into everyday life. 

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  • New Year’s Yoga: Yoga for Your Resolutions

    Now is the time to set a foundation for your practice that will keep building and growing for the next 51 weeks, even when you don’t believe it.  Remember, yoga is not a race. There are no points awarded for Most Improved Student. While it’s great to have goals (including ambitious ones), don’t let yourself be discouraged if you do, once in a while, have a class where things just don’t work. 

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  • Yoga and Meditation

    Yoga is the perfect practice in preparing the body and mind for meditation,  the breath, however, is the bridge which links the body to the spirit.  The joining or "yoking" of these attributes is a recipe for something wonderful.  

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  • Yoga for a Better Blue Planet

    YogaPaws joined MeiMei Fox for the Expedition: Blue Plant with Alexandra Cousteau.  The Expedition Blue Planet chronicled the interconnectivity of water. A key aspect of the project was its ability to show how individual stories are part of the larger, universal story of an interdependent, global water ecosystem.

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  • Yoga and Running

    Runners can use their yoga practice to balance strength, increase the range of motion, and train the body and mind.  Breath is a prime example.  Yoga focuses so intently on pranayama, the art of breath control.  The same tool which calms the mind and body for yoga and meditation works to create a rhythmic breathing in running.

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  • Yoga and Weight Loss

    When you regularly do yoga your body benefits by becoming stronger, flexible, toned, and cleansed.  Your mind benefits from the stress reduction, healthy happy endorphins, and an overall sense of well being. 

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  • Five Yoga Tips for Healthy Wrists

    You might not think about the demands you place on hands until pain or injury reminds you. Despite its importance and delicacy, it’s often overlooked, As Yoga Journal points out. You stretch your calves after a workout, but you might not stretch your wrists after a long day at the computer.

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  • Four Morning Yoga Poses for a Calmer Day

    Yoga is a great way to take advantage of that “free” time. The stretching and relaxation can help you cope with the chaos that life can bring. And, morning exercise can boost your focus and metabolism. 

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  • Five Arm Balances to Help You Raise Your Own Yoga Bar

    Learning and trying are the true opposites of failure. In the process of facing down your fears and exploring new things, you open up new ways of looking at yourself.  Just taking the first step toward mastering a new pose or breaking out of your own box is a vote of confidence in yourself. 

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  • Energize Your Day with these Five Yoga Poses

    Sometimes, you need your yoga before class time, or even before you can get back to your own mat. Think about how you feel after another pointless meeting, or when your body gets too tight in the middle of a run in the warm weather. Your yoga practice doesn’t have to be a full series to help you enjoy its full benefits. Just one or two poses can give you the mental and physical release you need.

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  • Five Yoga Poses to Take Outside

    You don’t have to be in a national park or a flower garden to use the outdoors to enrich your practice. Just being outside of the place you usually practice gives you a new perspective on asana. The feeling of grass or pavement under your feet or the sounds of animals or people adds a new dimension to your experience of a pose.

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  • Are you trying too hard make your Yoga perfect?

    Born out of a fear of doing it wrong, desperate for others not to look down on me. I not only do this in my everyday life, but I bring it to the mat with me. Often the behavior that we display on the mat is exactly the same as the behavior we display elsewhere (we just may not be aware of it yet). 

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  • Facing challenges, on and off the mat

    Identify the work. The real work. The work that will bring about positive changes’, that will give you strength; that will give you a different outcome. IT IS hard. I know it is hard. That’s why we avoid it. We do it the easy way because we think it will get us to the end result faster. But that is just an illusion. It’s simply not true. All it will do is keep us from the right path. 

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  • Lighten up! Five poses to help you let go and fly!

    Learning to be free enough to fly high starts with letting go.  You can’t soar if you’re toting a backpack with a ton of useless stuff, unhealthy life hacks and decades of negativity.  You have to lighten up to liberate yourself from limitations and then go explore all the possibilities of becoming your best self

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  • How Yoga Helps Us To Learn From Our Mistakes

    Recently somebody crossed me. They belittled me, put me down and attacked me. (well it felt like an attack at the time although I did admit after to being a little low, a bit over sensitive and rather premenstrual-mental) anyway…. I reacted.That’s the key word here reacted. Emotionally charged, fuelled with defensive anger, I attacked back, I lashed out with my scorpion sting and stung the guy right where it hurts – the ego!

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  • Beat the Blues with Five Uplifting Yoga Asanas

    Maybe you’re one of the millions more who feel frustrated or stuck in an unhappy place in your life. It may seem you have no choices. Yoga is a powerful reminder that you do. Your yoga practice is a continuous exercise in exploring just how capable you are at directing your life. 

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