10-Minute Yoga Sequence for Easing Cramps

10-Minute Yoga Sequence for Easing Cramps

I get this question at least once a day: “what poses are good to do when your cramps are so bad, you hardly want to get up, let alone do a full yoga class?!” Luckily, Yoga has a few tricks up its sleeve and I’ll share a 10-minute sequence of poses that’ll bring you some relief. The best news is, they actually work! 1) Child’s Pose – 1 minute 2) Kneeling Lunge with Twist (Right/Left) – 1 minute each side 3) Extended Side Angle (R/L) – 1 minute each side 4) Seated Forward Fold – 1 minute 5) Low Bridge – 30 seconds 6) Supine Twist (R/L) – 1 minute each side 7) Happy Baby – 1 minute 8) Reclined Bound Angle – 1 minute In addition to this sequence, there are a few other things that will help, too: 1) Stay away from lots of dairy. I find that if I’m getting a lot of cheese or milk in my diet, I tend to feel worse around that time. 2) Stay hydrated! Don’t be shy with your water intake. I know that when your’e bloated, drinking water feels like the opposite thing to do, but trust me– it’ll keep your body happy. 3) Drink Raspberry Leaf Tea. I bought a box of this stuff a couple months ago and it’s seriously a miracle worker. Whenever I start feeling cramps coming on, I drink a cup of this stuff and like magic, they subside. 4) Don’t skip your yoga! Even a few minutes will be better than nothing. You’ll feel the difference if you can bring yourself to your mat. Also feel free to...
Happy Halloween: Bad Yogi Style

Happy Halloween: Bad Yogi Style

Hi guys! Ok, I have so much to tell you! Halloween Cat Cow Breakdown! Last year I kicked off this tradition of getting dressed up for Halloween and doing a pose tutorial, so this time is no different. We’re breaking down cat/cow so that you can do it right— and quietly laugh to yourself at how many little mistakes I made because being dressed up makes me do weird things, haha 😉 What are you up to this Halloween? I kept seeing people on my Facebook with their awesome pumpkin carvings and the Frenchman and I just had to join the fun. Check out this time lapse and tell me who did it better! Actually, he probably did so scratch the “tell me who did it better” part. Do you have any plans for Halloween? It falls on a Friday this year, so I’m sure there are plenty of costume parties happening 😉 Granted, I’m not attending any but you should definitely tell me about the ones you have going on so I can live vicariously through you, haha! Did you care a pumpkin?! Do...
Why Teaching Yoga Terrifies Me

Why Teaching Yoga Terrifies Me

This weekend I flew to Princeton, NJ to teach a weekend of workshops at The Princeton Center for Yoga and Health. I know this is totally NBD to most traveling yogis, but for me, it’s massive. Even though I’ve made a life around putting myself out there on social media and YouTube, I’m not a particularly outgoing person; I’m actually really shy and pretty quiet off-screen/off-line. Not to mention my fear of everyone hating me in real life, haha <– fear is soooo rational, right?! There’s something about getting up in front of a group of strangers who are paying to see you… it makes me break into a cold sweat if I think about it too long, haha. I have a crazy fear of disappointing people and generally feeling totally unworthy of all this love from people I’ve never met. I’m beyond grateful for every day I get to do what I do, but most of the time it just doesn’t seem real. Thank GOODNESS all my worry was over NOTHING! We had a fantastic weekend and everyone I met was so incredibly kind and we were all so excited to meet each other! Someone would see me walking down the hall and be like, “OH MY GOD!” and I’d be like, “OH MY GOD!” and we’d just keep escalating our “oh-my-gods” until we were both jumping up and down hugging each other, lol! It was ridiculous in the best way possible! I didn’t get pictures with everyone because I didn’t want to be obnoxiously snapping pictures while people were in savasana or something, BUT we got a...
5-Minute Cheap Yoga Mat Cleaner

5-Minute Cheap Yoga Mat Cleaner

There’s only so many uses you can get out of your yoga mat before it starts to get a little… funky. Plus, if you’re like me and one to make a habit of leaving your mat in your trunk or rolled up in your house to keep it out of the way, it never really gets the chance to air out. Since I teach hot yoga a few times a week, I consider myself somewhat of an expert when it comes to making a frequently used yoga mat smell nice and fresh 😉 I have two different ways of cleaning my mat: 5-Minute Quick Clean What you need: – small spray bottle – 1 oz rubbing alcohol – 2 oz water – essential oils of your choice (optional) Unroll your mat in an area you don’t mind getting a little wet. In a spray bottle, combine one part rubbing alcohol, 2 parts water, and a few drops of essential oil (I like lavender or lemongrass). Shake well and spray generously on your mat. Wipe vigorously with a dry cloth or a handful of paper towels until the moisture is mostly wiped up. It’ll remain damp for a bit, but should dry within an hour or so.   15-Minute Deep Clean What you need: – ½ baking soda – approx ½ cup water – few drops of lemon juice – essential oils of choice (optional) Unroll your mat in an area you don’t mind getting a little wet. In a bowl, mix ½ cup baking soda and enough water to create a paste. Squeeze the juice from half a lemon...

20-Minute Yoga: A Flow for Hamstring Flexibility

Hi everyone! Happy Friday 🙂 What do you have planned this weekend?! I’ll be planning classes for the challenge coming up in August and I. CAN’T. WAIT. For you guys to see it. It’s gonna be pretty epic! In the meantime, how about a little yoga to stretch you out before the weekend officially begins? This is a great class for those of you who complain about having super tight hamstrings, can’t touch your toes, and even have a bad back. Sometimes lower back pain is referred from being chronically tight in the hams, so it never hurts to cover all your bases. Even if none of the above applies to you, this will be a relaxing way to come out of your work week and relax before weekend festivities 🙂 What do you think of this one? Do you have a question about this class? Ask in the comments & I’ll get right back to ya!...
Yoga Anatomy: Heels Flat in Downdog + Why You Can’t Do It

Yoga Anatomy: Heels Flat in Downdog + Why You Can’t Do It

Do you ever wonder why your heels don’t touch the floor in downward dog? Do you have trouble getting comfortable in poses like dolphin, forearm stand, or forearm plank? Here’s why: So, all that to say: 1) If your heels aren’t touching the ground in downdog and it bothers you or prevents you from fully lengthening the hamstrings and calves, you can compensate by bringing the floor up to you. You can roll up a thick towel (or two, depending on how much height you need) and lay it on your mat so your heels can rest there instead of remaining suspended above the ground. 2) If you can’t get enough rotation in your forearms to come comfortably in to dolphin, forearm stand, or forearm plank, don’t worry about it! Wrap your hands around the sides of a yoga block (or super thick book) so that the thumbs remain facing up. This doesn’t require as much rotation of the joints and will still allow you to do the poses in a way that feels good. Note: my head isn’t resting on the block even though my cray-cray hair makes it look like it ;). My neck is relaxed so it’s just in front of the block, I’m looking between my knees and my head is hovering above the ground.    Tell me: Got any other poses you want de-mystified? Let me know which poses you want broken down and given options for and I’ll get on it...