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Respond Versus React: Restorative Practices for the Power Hungry

Wednesday, August 15th, 2018

These days, slowing down could be considered radical. It’s definitely countercultural. When our predominant culture prioritizes being busy, major productivity and multi-tasking, the idea of slowing down can be ironically overwhelming. People just don’t know how to relieve the stress that comes with all this busy-ness. Yet, what I observe in almost every yoga class […]


You Really Wanna Relax? Let Go of Tension Through the Simple Science of Mechanoreceptors by

Wednesday, August 8th, 2018

Kathy had been a student in my Yoga Tune Up® classes for some time before coming to me for massage. So she was familiar with the down regulation techniques I teach. In spite of this, and in spite of her eagerness to release her bodily tension, she was just unable let go. I needed her […]

When A Glass of Wine Isn’t Enough: The Physiology of Deep Relaxation by

Wednesday, August 1st, 2018

We all have stress. According to the American Psychological Association 50 to 90 percent of healthcare professional visits are stress related. As you have probably noticed, stress is often caused by job, relationship and financial challenges. But stress can also be disguised by environmental traps like blue light over-exposure, social media pressure and even non-nutritional […]

Home Practice Getting Stale? Get Inspired With Creative Yoga Props by

Wednesday, July 25th, 2018

As a teacher who instructs more classes per week than I can find time to take as a student, my home practice has become my yoga haven. However, there are many pitfalls that come with a practice where you are the only one to hold yourself accountable, as both teachers and at-home practitioners know. One […]

Training for a Big Move: Back Stability, Grip Strength and Beyond by

Wednesday, July 18th, 2018

Practicing predictable yoga shapes or conventional strength-building exercises certainly has its benefits. But have you noticed that sometimes life throws you less-than-typical physical challenges? Such as oddly shaped things to move? Or atypical places you’ve got to reach? As I mentioned in my previous post, this is what recently happened while my partner and I […]

Injury Prevention While Moving to a New Home: Top 3 Bodily Risks by

Wednesday, July 11th, 2018

Whether through personal choice or by outside influence, there comes a time (or many) in our adult lives when we are responsible for moving our physical being and belongings into a new space. As the snail leaves behind her shell or the snake his skin, moving homes is a symbol of massive transition: both in […]

July – August Upcoming Events by

Friday, July 6th, 2018

School’s out for Summer, but Trainings are just starting! Join us for a Yoga Tune Up® or the Roll Model® Method Training near you. Check out our upcoming events below for further details. We hope to see you there! Yoga Tune Up® Level 1 Teacher Training JULY 13-22 with Laurel Beversdorf YOGAWORKS SOHO – New […]

Surf Breaks and Back Aches: Fitness Therapy for Surfers by

Wednesday, July 4th, 2018

If a surfer wears a wetsuit, it’s advisable to thoroughly wash the wetsuit with cold water after being out in the ocean. Regular washing rinses out the salt and preserves the quality of the neoprene material. This routine wetsuit maintenance is accepted as a necessary investment of time in order to maximize the useful lifespan […]

Where Surfing Meets Yoga: Getting Your Feet Wet by

Wednesday, June 27th, 2018

It was a perfect day for wave-sliding in sunny Southern California: a head-high southwest swell, almost no wind and a wide open schedule. ‘Squatting Yoda’ crouched down underneath the barrel as his board slid along the surface of the ocean. With nowhere to be, the only thing on his to-do list was paddling out, waiting […]

On Becoming an Empowered Educator: It Starts With Your Practice by

Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

I know I say it a lot, but the Yoga Tune Up® Level 1 changed my teaching. I think it’s important to add that I was ready for my teaching to change. It was 2013, and I had been teaching classes for 6 years and leading 200hr Teacher Trainings for 3. I was in some […]