Yoga cues that should die

Yoga cues that should die: “one day, you will be able to…” (insert directive here, such as “get your head to your knees (as in forward bend),” “move your foot parallel to your knee (as in pigeon), “touch the floor” (as...

Yin

I can’t do fancy yoga things. My bones just aren’t made that way, so this Dragon is about as fancy as I get. A few years ago, my body hurt and I remember calling my health coach, Jessica Del Grande, and complaining: “even laying on the floor feels...

Things I learned for you: kids Yoga

I spent my weekend doing a Rainbow Kids Yoga teacher training. Rainbow Kids is an internationally known certification that focuses on fun, connection, and togetherness: something we could ALL use. It inspired me to move more freely, be more creative, fall in love with...

Yoga cue that needs to die

I really wish yoga teachers would stop repeating the directive to “live in the present”. It’s been said that depression is living in the past and anxiety is living in the future. Optimally, the brain is able to focus enough on the present moment that...

My name is Janis and I’m a yoga teacher

I sometimes feel like I’m at a confessional meeting when I acknowledge that I’m a yoga teacher: “my name is Janis and I’m a yoga teacher”. My forward bend is so bad that when I demonstrated the pose at the Prana Yoga Festival, I invited...

Fun fact about Yoga…

Fun fact about yoga: the “aerobic” component is found between the poses, not during them. I hope that helps you win an argument or a trivia game some day.