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How Do You Accessorize Your Yoga Poses?

Jill Miller by Jill Miller | September 1st, 2011 | 1 Comment
topic: Yoga

Women making faces while doing yoga

Peep into any of the thousands of yoga classes across the globe and you will find that students are donning more than just yoga outfits. In addition to the latest leggings and tank tops by Zobha, Gaiam and Alo, you’ll also find students of every age, both male and female, sporting a different kind of accessory. These, however, are not made from lycra, mala beads or precious metals, but rather from an overzealous nervous system.

Glance around the room after the teacher calls out “Twisted Half Moon” (Pavritta Ardha Chandrasana) and you’ll see students with arms akimbo, clenched toes, fingers curled and faces contorted beyond recognition. These students are “accessorizing” their poses with parts of their body that don’t actually need to be involved.

It’s Okay to Say “Namaste”

Jill Miller by Jill Miller | August 4th, 2011 | 9 Comments
topic: Fitness, Personal Growth, Yoga

NamasteThe first time I took a live yoga class, at age 12 or 13, I remember hearing some strange, prayer-like, exotic word come out of my teacher’s mouth. Everyone echoed it back, and it made me uncomfortable. It didn’t stop me from going back, but I did kind of feel “left out,” as I didn’t know what they were saying, what it meant, or if it was the name of a god or other deity. Frankly, it sounded kind of religious, and I was definitely not into god-stuff at that point in my ’tweendom.

When my teacher told me what Namaste meant (“I bow to the god within you”) and how to pronounce it (Nah- Mah-Stay), it didn’t necessarily make the phrase any easier for me to embrace. But the social pressure of  “call and response” soon won me over. I attended very small classes in Santa Fe, and any non-compliant Namaste’ers would be very obvious to the teacher and other students. At first it barely rolled out of my lips, a garbled rumble of vowels with slight hiss in the middle. I had no way of knowing that a decade later, I would be the one at the front of the room offering the same salutation to my classes.

Experiencing “Yoga Block”? How to Get Out of That Pose Rut

Jill Miller by Jill Miller | June 29th, 2011 | 3 Comments
topic: Fitness, Yoga

Yoga block

Is your yoga practice getting a little stale? Maybe you’ve been going to the same class at the same time each week for the past year. Or perhaps you use a video — the same video — every day. If you’re finding yourself a tad uninspired to get on your mat, you might be suffering from yoga block. And I don’t mean a yoga block “prop,” although if you’re really in a rut then your practice may need a little propping up!

Loosen Up! How to Stretch Your Way to Flexibility

Jill Miller by Jill Miller | May 24th, 2011 | 6 Comments
topic: Fitness, Yoga

Flexibility yoga blog

A few months ago I wrote a blog on the perils of overstretching that seemed to strike a chord with many of my students and readers. But for every overstretched yogi or yogini out there, there are four times as many folks who are bound up and moving like the tin man! Most folks I meet want to know how they can become more flexible, not less flexible. So I dedicate this blog to all of you who wish to become more supple and mobile. Let the bending begin!

Is Yoga Therapy Right for You? The Next Wave of Conscious Care

Jill Miller by Jill Miller | April 11th, 2011 | 7 Comments
topic: Fitness, Health & Wellness, Healthy Aging, Yoga

Yoga TherapyIs yoga therapy right for you? Have you tried everything under the sun to eliminate an ache, pain or chronic condition? If your doctor has suggested that you try yoga therapy (and not just yoga classes), the first step is to find a great yoga therapist to steer you into a customized practice that may potentially improve the conditions of self-healing in your body, mind and spirit.

Is Too Much Stretching Bad for You? One Yogini’s Story from Floppy to Fit

Jill Miller by Jill Miller | March 3rd, 2011 | 10 Comments
topic: Fitness, Yoga

Woman stretching during yoga

I began practicing yoga at age 11. My mom brought home the Jane Fonda workout and Raquel Welch Yoga videos and I became obsessed … especially with the yoga. At first I wasn’t very flexible, couldn’t touch my toes, and was extremely weak in my shoulders and core.

How to Get Really, REALLY Strong Abs: Develop Yogic Under-Armor

Jill Miller by Jill Miller | January 31st, 2011 | 7 Comments
topic: Fitness, Yoga

Uddihyana Bandha - Abdominal Vacuum or "Diaphragm Stretch"

Abs are a hot topic. Always. Core strengthening videos and equipment are the number one biggest-selling item in the fitness category year after year. They run the gamut, from core-based exercise genres like Pilates to midnight infomercial Ab machines.

It’s Time to Take a Bow!

Jill Miller by Jill Miller | December 29th, 2010 | 3 Comments
topic: Personal Growth, Yoga

Take a Bow yoga pose

2010 has been a tough year for many. People are working harder than ever (if they are lucky enough to have a job) with less pay, fewer benefits and uncertainty about their job security. It has truly been a stressful grind for our minds, bodies and spirits.

Waking Up Is Hard to Do: 3 Tips Get You Out of Bed!

Jill Miller by Jill Miller | December 7th, 2010 | 1 Comment
topic: Health & Wellness

Woman in bed

Do you find it especially difficult to get out of bed these days? As winter approaches, and the days are shorter than ever, it is so hard to “up and at ‘em!” The bed is comfy cozy and it’s dark and cold out there…. Can’t we all just hit a global “snooze” button and wake up when it’s spring?

Are Yoga Poses Ancient History?

Jill Miller by Jill Miller | November 15th, 2010 | 14 Comments
topic: Yoga

Woman doing a yoga pose

A couple of months ago I picked up yoga scholar Mark Singleton’s new book, Yoga Body: The Origins of Modern Posture Practice. The book details the modern history of asana with Singleton painstakingly chronicling how yoga’s physical postures are not actually drawn from antiquity but rather beginning at the dawn of the 20th century.