Pigeon pose: Modifications & variations for plus size bodies

For those of us having trouble in pigeon, we’re usually experiencing: knee pain or pressure, the hip of the bent leg not grounding/touching the floor (feels unstable, like you’re hanging in your joints) or it is uncomfortable to be on hands and knees to even set up for pigeon. I made this video to address these issues. We’ll look at some creative prop setups that will help us find the sensation in the outer hip that we’re looking for in pigeon pose.

Building core strength with variations on navasana (boat pose)

In this video, we’ll learn some techniques to work on core strength to build toward the traditional expression of boat pose. We’ll work with a chair and some props to start to instruct our bodies on the energetic actions we need to sustain this full-body-strengthening pose.

Bridge pose: Tips, tricks, and help with props

In this video we’ll explore: pelvis awareness: how to tuck and tilt the pelvis (and where it’s supposed to be in bridge pose), should we engage the glutes or not, how to protect the low back from compression in this pose, several arm variations that work for different bodies and ranges of motion and how to use props for resistance to clarify muscular engagement for our lower body.

Sun salutations without coming to hands and knees

In this video, we’ll learn how to do a sun salutation without coming to hands and knees. Using blocks to bring the floor up to us and create more space for the body, we’ll learn two transitions for getting from the front to the back of your mat (and vice versa).

Hero pose (virasana) modifications and prop variations

Hero pose (virasana) can be challenging and uncomfortable for lots of us. Maybe you’re experiencing knee pain, ankle pain, trouble sitting on the floor (or a block) between your heels, or a sense of “hanging” and instability in this pose. You are not alone! Let’s look at some prop setups that will make this pose more accessible for many bodies.

Justine Mastin: geek wellness, YogaQuest, and the power of stories

On today’s podcast I’m talking to Justine Mastin, MA, LMFT, LADC, E-RYT 200, YACEP, and creator of YogaQuest. We’re discussing Justine’s yoga story, YogaQuest, why geeks need their own specialized wellness practices and spaces, and the power of narrative. Plus, you’ll get a sneak peek at our Tolkien-themed yoga retreat this fall in Minnesota!

How to find a yoga class that’s right for you

Want to try yoga for the first time or step into a yoga studio, but feel intimidated? I’ve got some tips for finding a class that’s right for you! In this video I’ll talk about deciphering yoga class descriptions, how to reach out beforehand to make sure the studio or class is welcoming to you, what questions to ask, and more.