Losing Weight

It has been interesting over the past two months or so. I have started to lose weight. Now, I am not trying to lose weight but it just seams to be happening. I have a new lifestyle and I am happy and one of the benefits of this is that weight loss is happening. I…

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…

Don’t Sleep on the Job

That after lunch fatigue getting to you? Not feeling fully energized even when you get to work? There are a number of techniques you can use as you go through your day to keep you awake and functioning fully. On top of these, we all know it is more ideal to be getting enough sleep…

Hydration Levels Alter Pain Levels

So many of us experience pain due to inflammation for one reason or another. Arthritis is one of the biggies but if you have any lingering pain from any previous injury, generally this is also due to inflammation. We may also experience pain due to inflammation of the digestive system or any other organ systems…

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 5

When you think of yoga there are probably two different poses you think of: sun salutations and downward dog. Sun salutations can be great for getting your whole body ready to move but downward and upward dog can provide a little more support for your back pain that you might not experience at first. Downward…

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…