Redefining Fear

A few years ago I began immersing myself in a culture that was not quite my own. Like with all new environments, I found that words that I knew no longer meant the same thing. When I moved to Washington, DC I learned that the word ‘transparent’ does not mean the same thing to everyone….

Sun Salutation, part 3

Be sure to learn the first part of the Sun Salutation and then the second before continuing on to the final part of learning how to do a Sun Salutation. From downward dog, use your chair if you need balance support, and bring your right leg up between your hands for your second lunge, on…

Sun Salutation, part 2

Be sure to learn the first part of the Sun Salutation before continuing on to part 2. After you have breathed in your lunge position for a few breaths, place both hands on the ground under your shoulders. If you are strong enough, step your second foot backwards so your body is straight with your…

Sun Salutation, part 1

We all know that Yoga can be great for your mind and body but getting started can be difficult if movement is not something that you do often. The Dancing Herbalist wants to help get everyone moving and starting with this series is a great beginners way to get moving or for people who are…

Sun Breath

This is one of my favorite Yoga practices; Taking a sun breath. It is great to get you moving first thing in the morning as a way to greet the sun that does not require much movement. It is ideal for beginner movers that have low flexibility and that may be cautious about beginning Yoga….

I am healthy. I take pharmaceuticals.

Many people think they are quite healthy and they don’t need to make changes to their diet, exercise, sleep patterns, or stress levels. For the average individual, if you are taking pharmaceuticals this is your wake up call: YOU ARE NOT HEALTHY. There is a large difference between being healthy and not having symptoms. Aside…

Connection

It has been on my mind lately about the need to connect to others. We connect to others mostly by talking to them. With our partners and close friends we can find connection through touch, sharing a meal, listening to each other. Do we need this connection? How can we build new connections with others…

Accepting My Path

For the past three years or more I have been working on a meditation practice to heal my chakras. (Root Chakra, Sacral Chakra) It took me a long time between chakras 2 and 3 to get my game together and work on the issues I have been facing to feel completed with my third chakra….

Yoga For Back Pain, Part 6

In our final week looking at using yoga for back pain we will look at a more challenging pose, cobra. While it may not look to be that difficult, if done when you are not fully prepared, cobra can make your back problems worse very easily. Be sure to have practiced the other movements in…

Yoga For Back Pain, Part 4

Last week we practiced child’s pose. This week I would like to get a little bit more fluidity into our spines after stretching so that next week we can begin to strengthen our spinal columns a bit more. So lets all practice every kids favorite yoga pose: cat and cow. This common yoga pose is…

Yoga For Back Pain, Part 3

Now that you have had a chance to practice rocking your hips to get movement into your lower back and practicing a bridge to strengthen your core and get additional movement into your spine we will continue to stretch the back this week and learn child’s pose. For many people beginning yoga this is the…

Yoga For Back Pain, Part 2

Last week we looked at simple hip rocks, this week we will step it up a level to get more movement through the entire back, looking at what I call back rolls to get into a yoga pose called a bridge. To get used to the movement and to really pay attention to your whole…