Body Positive Yoga Blog

Reclaiming my time. Reclaiming my time.

When Congresswoman Maxine Waters asserted her right to a limited amount of time during a hearing recently, it resonated with millions of us. “Reclaiming my time. Reclaiming my time.” When I saw the video clip, I screamed. LET! HIM! KNOW! As Treasury Secretary Mnuchin...

Jules Mitchell on biomechanics, yoga, and human variability

Today on the Body Positive Yogacast, I’m chatting with biomechanist, yoga teacher, and researcher Jules Mitchell. We discuss the basics of biomechanics, proprioception, how the yoga conversation is changing, and some exciting research in movement science.

How to design your home yoga studio

Maybe you live in a mansion with a ton of extra rooms and you can have your own home studio. In that case, I’m coming over! But if you’re like me, you probably are struggling to even think of a yoga mat’s worth of space you can claim in your crowded, noisy house. Let’s talk about some ways to call dibs on some space, and keep your home practice spot yours.

You don’t have to love your body.

Learning to appreciate your physical appearance and learning to love your body is one path toward self-acceptance, but fixating on just the outer stuff is another trip down the same road of placing value and worth on appearance.

On booty shorts & cellulite: a story of body acceptance

I was told by the gym when I called to join the series that it was best to wear a skirt or “booty” shorts to class. Booty shorts? Ha, I had avoided wearing any type of shorts for the entirety of my 20’s. Why would the instructor think I just had “booty shorts” stashed away in my drawer? I was terrified of showing my legs, even to the point that I wouldn’t wear tight yoga pants!

45-minute Body Positive Yoga class with props

This free, 45-minute Body Positive Yoga class begins with mindful flows using the chair as a prop, progresses into strengthening standing poses, and leaves you with a backbend, twist, and a relaxing savasana.

Stepping from downward-facing dog into a lunge

Having trouble stepping forward from downward-facing dog into a lunge or walking your feet up to your hands? We'll look at some transitions in this video! Want to learn to adapt sun salutations to YOUR body? I created a program where you can learn how to “choose your...

Seated sun salutations

If you’re suffering from an injury, have trouble getting up and down off the floor, or just want a new way to warm up, try sun salutations in a chair.

Body Gratitude Mindfulness Recording

I know what it's like to struggle with an eating disorder and how easy it is to get caught up in the tornado of thoughts, anxious feelings, and body or food obsession. In honor of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, I created a mindfulness exercise that I hope...

Chaturanga & Upward-Facing Dog: Modifications & props

Chaturanga dandasana and upward-facing dog (urdhva mukha svanasana) -- besides being a mouthful, these poses are ubiquitous in many yoga classes. But when we show up and aren’t instructed on proper form, we can easily injure ourselves if we don’t have the upper body...

Modifications for Garudasana (eagle pose) in a larger body

If you are in a larger body, perhaps you’ve groaned with frustration when your yoga teacher announces that the next pose is garudasana (eagle pose). The wrapping and tucking thighs and arms just doesn’t happen for those of us with bigger thighs, arms, or chests! Here are 4 variations for the legs and 4 variations for the arms – see what feels best in your body and create your own eagle combination!