How to do Mountain Pose in the Pool

aqua yoga photo - woman doing mountain pose in the pool with one pool noodle

Mountain Pose is the foundation of our practice. It’s where we start, it’s where we come back to. I like to refer to it as yogi home base. It’s a stable, grounded place with deep roots. Work in a flat spot in the pool where the water comes up to mid chest height. Bring your […]

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Aqua Yoga Tutorial Videos – March

woman doing hand to big toe pose during aqua yoga

This week’s aqua yoga tutorial shows some of the creativiity you can bring to aqua yoga. This version of the pose is a dynamic balance posture that includes crossing the midline. Each half of the body is performing a different posture too.  March was Autoimmune Disease Awareness Month. Some autoimmune diseases flare with UV […]

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February Aqua Yoga Tips Videos

February Aqua Yoga Tips Videos These are four aqua yoga tips videos I produced this month.  They’re designed to be samples of what’s possible with aqua yoga. Mountain Pose Mountain pose is the foundation of our practice. We need strong roots to be tall. It’s not just a metaphor, the action of learning to root […]

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What is Unpredictable Command Technique and How can it be used in Aqua Yoga

brain illustration floating in water to illustrate unpredictable command technique

Unpredictable Command Technique, UCT, was developed by David Ogden, PT.  He developed these novel techniques to help a client with Parkinson’s disease.  Her condition dramatically improved after implementing this work and it was expanded to be used in group classes.  I took a workshop in UCT at the ATRI Symposium last year and was struck […]

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January Aqua Yoga Videos

aqua yoga videos

One of my goals for 2019 is to produce a weekly aqua yoga video to promote awareness about aqua yoga and it’s amazing potential. The videos are not designed to be done in a sequence or in any order, just as examples of the diversity of practice options.These are January’s Aqua Yoga VideosHow to challenge your […]

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Using Pool Noodles for Land Yoga

Using Pool Noodles in Your Land Yoga Practice

Last week I posted an article on how to keep your aqua yoga practice going when you can’t make it to the pool.  Sometimes, you have to just throw in the towel and move your practice inside.  If that’s the case, your pool noodles can come with you because they make great land yoga props. […]

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A Year of Abundance

a year of abundance

            The Jewel of Abundance by Ellen Grace O’Brian is a wonderfully clear and concise book about how to lead a richer, more full life with the tools of yoga. Abundance is available to everyone.  While you might feel that way philosophically, you might not have the tools to get […]

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My Birthday Present to You

birthday present

In case you didn’t know I’m a big Tolkien fan.  Hobbits give presents for their birthdays which I think is a lovely tradition.  Today, Thursday the 10th, is my birthday.  In honor of the day, I’m giving you a birthday present in the form of a discount coupon.  You can buy anything: …in my online […]

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My Word for the Year- Courage

word for the year

I used to set New Year’s resolutions like a lot of people.  Like a lot of people, I failed at them, or forgot about them by the end of January.  This year I got intrigued by the idea of picking a word for the year.  Inadvertently, I’ve been doing this before now.  When I got […]

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Yoga 12 Days of Christmas

yoga 12 days of christmas

These posts originally appeared on Facebook as the Yoga 12 Days of Christmas.  They are collected here in one place to be easier to find.  While the theme of these posts was applying these principles to the holidays, yoga truths are universal so use them all year long. Yoga 12 Days of Christmas – Day […]

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Poems to support your yoga practice

poems to support your yoga practice

I teach a bunch of classes in public libraries.  I love teaching in libraries because I can reach people who wouldn’t necessarily ever go to a yoga studio.  They feel the library is more welcoming and more their style.  In support of the overall mission of libraries, I always include a reading in these classes.  […]

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Arthritis Blogs

arthritis blogs

This week was Rheumatic Disease Blog week As a rheumatic disease patient and blogger I was both a participant and spectator.  Some of the other participants I’d interacted with before, but some of the blogs were totally new to me. The huge geographical diversity, different perspectives on disease management and writing styles makes for a […]

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Yoga and neuroplasticity

yoga and neuroplasticity

Have you ever seen a picture of Homunculus man? He’s a visual representation of our bodies based on how much of our brain is dedicated to processing information from those individual body parts.  So our mouth, and our hands take up almost all of our brain’s processing power, while our arms and legs only get […]

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Neuroplasticity from Aqua Yoga

neuroplasticity from aqua yoga

Did you know your feet do a lot more than just hold you up?  Have you ever noticed your feet enough to feel like your brain is actively involved in what they’re doing?   Wikipedia describes neural plasticity as “brain activity associated with a given function can be transferred to a different location.”  I think this […]

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Friday Resource Roundup

resource roundup

I thought I’d try something a little different this month and do a weekly resource roundup. I curate a lot of content every week and this is a recap of the best. Happy reading! Resource Roundup Week #1 How to distinguish the appropriate water workout for yourself. 4 water workouts for health   One patient’s […]

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