Heather Larson

Heather Larson
Heather writes from her home office in Tacoma, Washington. Her writing specialties include health, travel, business and personal finance. She practices yoga both at a studio and at home and is very grateful for that practice.

The Basics of Clean Eating

Heather Larson by Heather Larson | July 7th, 2015 | No Comments
topic: Green Living, Healthy Eating

Besides practicing poses and breathing, yogis also need to nourish their bodies. Since there’s been so much talk lately about clean eating, I decided to talk to an expert about all that it entails. Caroline Kaufman, MS, RDN, the spokesperson for the California Dietetic Association, agreed to answer my questions.

What exactly is clean eating?

Always Be Prepared

Heather Larson by Heather Larson | June 16th, 2015 | 1 Comment
topic: Fitness, Yoga

Yoga helps runners with flexibility, fitness, and focus. It can be restorative and enjoyable for diabetics. Cancer patients use yoga poses to fight nausea and fatigue. Veterans find it beneficial in decreasing PTSD symptoms. Many say yoga is good for the heart.

How to Get the Most Out of a Yoga Retreat

Heather Larson by Heather Larson | April 15th, 2015 | 1 Comment
topic: Eco Travel, Yoga

Signing up for a yoga retreat can be one of the best gifts you can give yourself; or, according to some online reviews, your time away might become your worst nightmare. To make sure that spending time practicing yoga in another environment is a positive experience, visit “Is a Yoga Retreat Right for You?

Music vs Silence

Heather Larson by Heather Larson | March 11th, 2015 | 3 Comments
topic: Yoga, meditation

Music stimulates the brain. That’s why people spend so much money on concert tickets and sites like iTunes. Most of the time, a stimulated brain is a good thing. But in yoga, isn’t the opposite true? Aren’t we supposed to dwell in a meditative state during our practice?

Achieving Better Balance

Heather Larson by Heather Larson | January 15th, 2015 | 1 Comment
topic: Yoga, balance

Stability and steadiness in your physical body and in your life can seem elusive. There’s either too much going on or not enough. That’s where yoga comes in.

“Yoga is meant to be a full practice, one that encompasses all aspects of one’s life,” says Mark Van Buren, a yoga and meditation instructor in River Edge, New Jersey and author of Be Your Sh*tty Self: An Honest Approach to a More Peaceful Life. “We can use the fullness of our practice to live a balanced, liberated life.”

Taking Yoga on the Road

Heather Larson by Heather Larson | November 20th, 2014 | 2 Comments
topic: Fitness, Yoga

Traveling can be fun and exciting yet stressful all at the same time. You have the pleasure of seeing new destinations, seeking new adventure, or revisiting old stomping grounds. But between airport security, flying, business meetings or even family get-togethers you can often find yourself stressed out or anxious. Which means travel is not a time to abandon your yoga practice, but instead embrace it wherever and however you can.

Yoga Helps Veterans

Heather Larson by Heather Larson | July 17th, 2014 | 2 Comments
topic: Yoga

We love our veterans and thank them for their service. Not all veterans served in a war, but those who did—whether they saw action in World War II, the Vietnam War, Iraq or Afghanistan—changed. It’s no secret that many of our military still suffer from the invisible, psychological scars of war after being deployed. Many also return home with physical challenges. All have been altered in some way. And they need help.

Finding the Right Yoga Teacher

Heather Larson by Heather Larson | May 5th, 2014 | No Comments
topic: Fitness, Yoga

yoga teacher

Although choosing the style of yoga that works best for you is important, locating an instructor you resonate with is crucial.

My first experience with yoga was through an after-work exercise program at the school district where I worked. The instructor gave initial instructions, but didn’t explain how to modify a pose if you were unable to do one in the way she described. The lady next to me mastered all the poses in their original form and between her and the teacher, I felt lost, confused and most of all, uncomfortable. That encounter caused me to stay away from any yoga class for several years.

After hearing rave reviews about a local studio and needing to alleviate my joint pain from arthritis, I tried a gentle yoga class. From the moment I walked into the studio and was greeted by Jeni, the instructor, I knew I’d found a perfect place to develop a yoga practice. Jeni exuded friendliness and warmth, she explained everything, and she had one of the most soothing voices on the planet. If you mention an ache or pain you have, she incorporates moves into the class that help alleviate it, she gives lots of individual attention and she also takes other yoga classes. I’ve taken this same gentle yoga class from Jeni, every Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. now, for about seven years. And I’m never leaving.

How can you find your own version of Jeni?