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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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Yoga 12 Days of Christmas

christmas ornaments floating in the surf to illustrate the 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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The Pain Companion – A Book Review

the pain companion

The Pain Companion As a fellow chronic pain warrior and a yoga teacher who works with clients living with pain I was excited to be provided a copy of Sara Ann Shockley’s book The Pain Companion to review.  That background is also the perspective I bring to my opinion of the book.  I’m always looking […]

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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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Poetry for yoga – Spring 2018

poetry for yoga

                April is National Poetry Month sponsored by The Academy of American Poets so you might be searching for the perfect poetry for yoga for your classes. I love teaching yoga at my local public libraries.  In the spirit of the library, I share a poetry reading with each […]

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Deep Water Aerobics Props Playlist

Deep Water Aerobics Props – Playlist I get playlist requests for my deep water aerobics sequences regularly.  I’ve finally gotten around to working them up.  This is the last in the series.  This sequence has a lot of prop changes and variety to the tempo of the music. If you want to come and join […]

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Deep Water Aerobics Playlist – Medley

Deep Water Aerobics Playlist – Medley I get playlist requests for my deep water aerobics sequences regularly.  I’ve finally gotten around to working them up.  This is the last in the series.  See the links below for the rest of them.  This sequence has a lot of variety and covers a little bit of everything.  […]

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Deep Water Aerobics Playlists – Traveling

Deep Water Aerobics Playlists – Traveling I get playlist requests for my deep water aerobics sequences regularly.  I’ve finally gotten around to working them up.  This is the second in the series, be patient and I’ll get all of them to you over the next several weeks.  This sequence focuses a lot on big movements […]

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Deep Water Aerobics Playlist

Deep Water Aerobics Playlist – Core Stabilization I get playlist requests for my deep water aerobics sequences regularly.  I’ve finally gotten around to working them up.  This will the first in the series, be patient and I’ll get all of them to you.  This sequence focuses a lot on core stabilization and contains multiple plank […]

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There was a time I believed life was over for me…

over for me

Yesterday was Rheumatic Disease Awareness Day, #rheumday, sponsored by The Rheumatic Patient Association. Even though I’m very public with my health status, because my diseases are invisible, many people are not aware of my struggles.  Rheumatoid arthritis is something I’ve been living with since I was a teen even though my ‘official’ diagnosis was relatively […]

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Thriving with chronic illness

thriving with chronic illness

Thriving with chronic illness is a huge part of my life story.  I know what it’s like to struggle with the symptoms of a chronic illness such as pain and fatigue.  I’ve been diagnosed with four auto immune diseases.  Yoga has been a huge part of my self-care journey for the past 25 years.   Read […]

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Yamas and Niyamas Internet Memes

yamas and niyama

The end of every  year is a chance to reflect.  What worked for you this past year, or maybe what didn’t.  That reflection isn’t for beating ourselves up on what we didn’t do, but an opportunity to set an intention for ourselves for the year coming up.  Yoga philosophy is timeless and can be a […]

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My experience in 300 hr yoga teacher training

300 hr yoga teacher training

  Of course, any 300 hr yoga teacher training covers the anatomy, concepts and practical elements of teaching asana.   The Yoga Etc. program used the Yogaanatomy.net as the basis for anatomy studies which we explored from there.  My favorite section dealt with feet unsurprisingly.  Each week we explored the history of, and how to teach […]

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Reduce back pain with yoga blankets

reduce back pain with yoga

“If you’re the sort of yogi who goes to a lot of flow classes, you’ve potentially never used a yoga blanket. Maybe you’ve reached the point where you’d like to try yoga for more stress-relieving purposes, or you’ve been struggling with some back pain.  Props like yoga blankets, help you as you slow down and […]

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DIY Yoga Christmas Ornaments

Each year I like to give my clients a Christmas gift.  This year I was really struck by the wording of the Om Sarvesham chant so I decided to put it on DIY Yoga Christmas Ornaments.  I’ll be incorporating the chant into my classes this holiday season also, so it seemed like the perfect combination.  […]

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Aqua Yoga Sun Salutations

first two postures in aqua yoga sun salutations

  Sun salutations (Surya Namaskara) – They’re everywhere in yoga but have you tried taking them into the pool for Aqua Yoga Sun Salutations? This is one variation of aqua yoga sun salutations using the wall.  This sequence is very similar to doing sun salutations at the wall in the studio.  The main difference is the […]

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Aqua Yoga Specialists Training

I’m so grateful and jazzed up to have been part of the first cohort for Aqua Yoga Specialists.  It was an amazing weekend packed with information, inspiration, and a wonderfully collegial group of ladies.   As the video shows we did blissful restorative practices including sound therapy and ayurvedic adaptations.  These will be really wonderful […]

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