Power Yoga

What is Power Yoga? And why should you care?

By Kate Saal | February 28, 2019

Power Yoga.  Even if you never heard of it, odds are it’s affecting the way you think about and practice yoga.  Why?  Because it’s popular and athletic—the very definition of modern yoga.  It’s worth understanding Power Yoga because even though it’s one of the most prolific forms of yoga in the United States, it can…

Vinyasa Yoga Flowing

What is Vinyasa Yoga?

By Kate Saal | February 19, 2019

Vinyasa is a style of yoga characterized by stringing postures together so that you move from one to another, seamlessly, using breath.  Commonly referred to as “flow” yoga, it is sometimes confused with “power yoga“. Vinyasa classes offer a variety of postures and no two classes are ever alike.  The opposite would be “fixed forms”…

How Yoga Can Make Your Life Better in 30 Days

By Kate Saal | January 4, 2019

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”  Lao Tzu. Today we’re going to reveal the one thing you need to know to tap into the hidden power of yoga.  Use this, and you supercharge yoga’s ability to make your life better in 30 days. We’ll also explore the common obstacles in doing…

Chores for happiness

The Real Work of Yoga

By Kate Saal | October 25, 2018

To many, yoga seems like a physical endeavor.  We do yoga postures, sun salutations and all things hamstring related.   It’s easy to see how someone would get the idea that yoga is about the physical.  Couple that with our culture of fitness and approach to movement which involves personal bests and winning.  We love to…

Yoga Makes You Stronger

Three Ways Yoga Makes You Stronger

By Kate Saal | October 18, 2018

There’s a common misperception of yoga as a practice for flexibility.  Rarely do the terms yoga and strength training come up together.  However, they should because yoga is a wonderful practice to get stronger, and not just physically.  There are at least three ways yoga makes you stronger, and we’ll address all three, physical, mental…

The One Thing Great Yoga Teachers Do

The One Thing Great Yoga Teachers Do

By Kate Saal | September 13, 2018

What does being a great yoga teacher look like? There are as many answers to that as there are people taking yoga classes.  Google “What Makes a Great Teacher,” and you get lists of things that great yoga teachers do, such as, “introduces themselves to new students,” or qualities they have that are reminiscent of…

War Horse

The Meaning of Yoga

By Kate Saal | March 8, 2018

Quick, picture yoga Thanks for playing along. What did you come up with? I’m betting you chose either a yoga pose or pants. It always comes back to pants. Now imagine you are “doing yoga?” Where are you and what are you doing? Again, a yoga posture was probably involved, and a “yoga mat,” and…

Beginner Yoga Schedule

Recommended Beginning Yoga Schedule

By Kate Saal | December 21, 2017

You’ve made the decision that now is the time to start yoga.   That’s amazing because the benefits of yoga are many. Yoga can help you do everything from ease your back pain to get into incredible shape. Plus, it’s low impact.   Now for a few details such as how to choose a yoga…

Biggest benefit of yoga

The Biggest Benefit of Yoga No One Talks About

By Kate Saal | December 15, 2017

You’re a person who likes to know the value of things so you ask, “What are the benefits of yoga?” And it’s a fair question. You should know what you’re getting in exchange for the time and effort you’re putting into practice.   When people talk about benefits they usually make lists and speak in…

Yoga as moving meditation

Yoga as a Skillful, Moving Meditation

By Kate Saal | December 8, 2017

The idea of yoga as a skill, or as a moving meditation, isn’t novel, but it’s a lot to unpack. But understanding each element is key to knowing how to use the practice to become stronger, calmer and more relaxed. WARNING: I’m going to use the idea of yoga in multiple ways. They are accurate…