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Can Yoga Cause Back Pain?

By: Jo Ann Staugaard-Jones, Guest Blogger

Defining the Sacro-Illiac Joint

The Sacro-Iliac joint is an interesting area. Located on each side of the back of the pelvis, it is the union between the sacrum (lower spine triangular bone fused since puberty)) and the iliac bone of the pelvis. Unlike other joint areas, there is not much movement. It is considered a “gliding” joint, where ligaments holding it together can shift, although there are not regular joint actions such as flexion, extension, etc. Continue reading

Meditation Myth #3

In this week’s blog, River discusses Myth #3. Whether you’re new to meditation or an old pro, you’ll want to read what River says about Samadhi. Thank you again, River, for shinning a light on meditation’s myths and for being my teacher and friend.River head shot - high res

By: River Cummings

Myth #3: Samadhi is the ultimate state of union/peace/bliss. It’s the goal of meditation, and it’s something you should be able to work toward. If you’re not in samadhi, well, you’re not good at meditation yet. (Or maybe you’re just not meant to be enlightened in this lifetime…) Continue reading

Meditation de-Mythified

By: River Cummings

If you are like many people out there, you’ve been hearing about the myriad benefits of River head shot - high resmeditation. It’s all the rage in the press these days and is supposedly the “magic pill” for all that ails you. I mean, I’ve heard testimonials claiming that it cures everything from mental illness to muffin top! It’s clear that it works… but how do you approach it? How do you know if you’re doing it “right”? What even is meditation… and what should you expect from it? Continue reading

Yoga Starts With Your Breath

After much thought and deliberation, I’ve decided to take the plunge and become certified as a yoga therapist. We’ll meet for two weeks, two times a year for two years so it’s a big commitment. Chih_flower_waterfall

I’m excited about the opportunity to deepen my knowledge, particularly from a therapeutic aspect. There is a great deal of ground breaking medical research being conducted that proves the power of yoga therapy to heal. Science is now proving what our ancient ancestors knew centuries ago. Continue reading

When Is Exercise Like Yoga?

FLSunsetI recently attended a spinning class. I really love these classes. The music is motivating and the teachers are high energy, encouraging us to be strong and give it our all. We are instructed to “play through the pain” and “push to get stronger”. By the end of class I’m exhausted but energized and feeling good. Continue reading

Yoga Breathing: 3 Fundamentals

It’s always good to go back to basics and practice the fundamentals. Professional athletes do it regularly. It’s a good refresher and lets you know you have a good foundation.

In yoga, breath is fundamental to every practice and is at the foundation of what makes yoga … yoga because focusing on it brings your attention inward.FB copy 2 Continue reading

More Than One Way to Meditate

This past weekend I attended a workshop given by Rama Jyoti Vernon. She has been practicing yoga for over 50 years and was instrumental in facilitating the yoga movement in the U.S. She has also been teaching yoga for decades and has led worldwide peace missions. She recently published a book, Yoga: The Practice of Myth & Sacred Geometry and I was attending her book signing. What she said about asana as meditation really resonated with classes in denver Continue reading

Reduce Alzheimer’s Risk with Meditation

The statistics are scary … 1 in 9 Americans over 65 has Alzheimer’s disease and it is now our third biggest killer. The numbers are grim but I did read a hopeful article in the April 2015 issue of Prevention Magazine, “How to Beat Alzheimer’s at Its Own Game.” The hopeful part is that a new science is emerging related to prevention.52 Continue reading

3 Easy Steps to Meditation


A daily meditation practice does wonders for your health and wellbeing and actually promotes wellness. Scientists are beginning to understand what is happening physiologically that causes these benefits to happen.Tad_Seated

In recent studies, meditation was shown to initiate change at the cellular level, “turning on” genes that make us healthier and “turning off” genes that lead to disease. A control group meditated 20 minutes a day for 8 weeks. At the end of the 8 weeks, researchers discovered that immune response; energy metabolism and insulin secretion (prevents diabetes) were enhanced.

These results are truly remarkable. What is also remarkable is that it’s all in our control. We don’t need a doctor to write us a prescription or spend a lot of money to get these benefits. It’s literally free. Continue reading

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