Category Archives for Yoga Writings

Aqua Yoga Safety

red life ring floating in the ocean to illustrate aqua yoga safety

A safe practice is a fun practice! Aqua yoga is a very low risk activity but anytime you’re around a pool, or doing anything in the heat of summer you should take some extra precautions to take care of yourself. Here’s 10 Aqua Yoga Safety Tips 1. Stay hydrated – I liked this article because they mentioned […]

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How to Have a Cheap Family Pool Staycation

woman holding a boys feet in the pool while he walks on his hands to show ideas for a cheap family pool staycation

Summer is here yet many public pools are closed and the kids can’t go to camp. What are the options to make summer a little more fun when you can’t go anywhere and you can’t afford to spend a lot? Here’s 10 easy ways to make staying at home fun without breaking the budget. Cheap […]

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Why an Aqua Yoga for Arthritis Course

woman on a pool noodle shown underwater to talk about why aqua yoga for arthritis

Why an Aqua Yoga for Arthritis Course? Because people living with arthritis need diverse choices for managing their symptoms. Arthritis affects everyone differently and the number of options available should reflect the diversity of people living with arthritis. Obviously, as an arthritis patient, you are working with your health care provider to get your arthritis […]

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Aqua Yoga for Arthritis Research

people with their hands in water to illustrate aqua yoga for arthritis research

Unfortunately, there is no research on the benefits of aqua yoga and it’s efficacy for arthritis patients compared to aquatic exercise in general or compared to land-based yoga.  I do think it’s important to keep up on related research to keep one’s practice and teachings evidence-based. As I come across papers relevant to aqua exercise […]

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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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Aqua Yoga for Lupus

woman doing aqua yoga figure 4 pose in the pool with lupus

March is Autoimmune Disease Awareness Month and May is Lupus Awareness Month.  In support of people living with lupus, and raising awareness about autoimmune diseases in general, I’m offering this Aqua Yoga for Lupus sequence for free.  It includes a short 25-minute practice for when you need something mellow, and a full 45-minute practice for […]

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Review of the Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Exercise Program

photo of women exercising in the pool with arthritis

As a Certified Yoga for Arthritis Instructor, I’m required to do a certain number of continuing education credits to renew. For me, stepping up and doing the Arthritis Foundation’s Aquatic Exercise Program training was a natural. I wrote this review of the program for the Yoga for Arthritis audience from the perspective of a yoga […]

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A Yoga Advent

palm tree wrapped in Christmas lights illustrating yoga advent or the 12 dyas of Christmas yoga

This yoga advent series originally appeared as a daily prompt on Facebook. They are collected here for non-Facebook users and anyone who’d like to use them as a body of work. While the yoga sutras can help you keep your holiday stress level down, they’re meant to be used all year. Yoga advent isn’t just […]

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Yoga Poetry for Class Readings

small image of rocks balanced on top of each other with the ocean in the background to illustrate yoga poetry for class readings

If you’ve joined me for one of my yoga classes at the library, you know I always include a reading in the spirit of the library providing us the space.  I choose the poems with care and are a reflection of that day’s class, perhaps my mood or larger events in the world.  If you […]

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Deep Water Yoga

woman doing three deep water yoga poses

What is Deep Water Yoga Deep water yoga is just what the title implies. Yoga practices in the deep end of a swimming pool. You can combine all the elements of yoga – poses, breathwork, meditation, all 8 limbs – that you would in the shallow end of the pool, in the deep end. What […]

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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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Why You Should Practice Aqua Yoga with Arthritis

aqua yoga for arthritis as a concept shown with sand dollar shell

Why Aqua Yoga for Arthritis? March is Autoimmune Disease Awareness Month started by the Autoimmune Related Diseases Association. For me, living with arthritis, and teaching yoga are integrated. I had arthritis for more than 20 years before I knew about it and had a hard time reconciling everything I’d achieved, and my relative lack of […]

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What Is Private Yoga

private yoga st petersburg

What is private yoga? Private yoga sessions are what they sound like.  You select a yoga teacher you have a connection with to work with you individually.  Or, if the teacher offers it, semi-privately with others you choose.  The locations can vary.  I offer them in people’s homes, their private pools, or at the St. […]

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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 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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