Yoga Category

When a towel is overloaded, you twist it to wring it out. Twists in a yoga practice are similar to this for our nervous system. They reset the firing signals and impulses that initiate our patterns of thoughts, movement and behaviour. Because of this, twists are like engaging a wellness refresh button for our body/being. The following lying twist exercise is safe for anyone who has a healthy spine. If you are suffering from any form of disc inflammation or herniation, do this with much caution, or not at all.Read More
Thirteen years ago I began my longest relationship to date, the one steady constant in my life, my relationship with yoga. For the first couple of years it was casual, mostly flirting now and then when opportunity arose. Then when I moved back to Canada from overseas, I decided to give it a real go, and the rest is history as they say. It was a love affair like no other. Being an ashtangi, we spent several hours together each day, and it wasn’t always pretty, happy or kind, butRead More
Next to our shoulders, one of the tightest muscles in our body is often our hamstrings. We spend a lot of our time sitting, causing these long, powerful muscles to atrophy. Some people are born with naturally flexible hamstrings, while the rest of us need to put in a bit of effort to keep the stabilizing gems long and supple. If you have ever taken a yoga or exercise class that included hamstring stretching, you likely know that there is no muscle that can bring up issues of frustration moreRead More
Through practicing and teaching YEM: Yoga as Energy Medicine, I have come to know that any form of movement that arises from wanting is one that perpetuates or creates karma. Whether we push into a pose and reach for some elusive sense of externalized perfection, or move out of a pose feeling uneasy or even repulsed by what we felt in it, we are acting from an unyogic, that is, non-unified, divisive, or ego-driven state of mind. This will only generate suffering for ourselves and others. Yoga’s physical exercises areRead More
Ella Isakov, Yoga Editor: Jill Miller, one of my teachers, is the creator of Yoga Tune Up®, a method that prioritizes educating students on what is happening in their body, cultivating intelligence and inquiry into each student’s practice. Her devotion is producing yoga teachers who are knowledgeable in anatomy and biomechanics to help keep students pain-free and mobile in their everyday life. Enjoy the interview, and check out their site for a class near you! Parvati Magazine: You have been practicing yoga for over 30 years. How has your yogaRead More

Posted On December 17, 2016By Parvati MagazineIn January 2017 - Peace, Wellness, Yoga, Yoga

Yoga: Ahimsa Yoga, with JP Tamblyn-Sabo

Parvati Magazine’s yoga editor Ella Isakov interviewed JP Tamblyn-Sabo, one of the first yogis she met at the onset of her yoga journey. He owns several studios in Ontario, and is a huge inspiration for aspiring and senior yogis alike. Parvati Magazine: You have been practicing yoga for over 15 years; what keeps you inspired on this journey to embrace and spread the love of yoga? JP Tamblyn-Sabo: What keeps me inspired on this path is that it is constantly evolving. Just as you reach each new stage of yourRead More
Deepening your awareness of your breath is a vital key to unlock the alchemical power of Hatha Yoga. The breath is like a bridge to your inner and outer worlds. When you focus on its flow, your breath will gently, yet powerfully, dissolve any notions of being separate. Awareness of the breath will bring you to rest in a field of profound unity with all that is. When the body is relaxed and healthy, its various rhythms (cardiovascular, craniosacral, respiratory, etc) flow in a synchronous dance within the whole. InherentlyRead More
As we explored in my last YEM: Yoga as Energy Medicine article, “Follow The Wave In Your Spine”, there is a natural wave-like impulse that flows through our spine. It exists within us all, at any given moment. It is the pulse of life itself. Due to the effect of gravity and the way we identify with our habits, we hold tension in our tissue, electrical and nervous systems. When newborn, our bodies/beings are highly receptive to growth. We breathe with life with greater co-creative fluidity. With age, we tendRead More

Posted On November 17, 2016By Parvati MagazineIn December 2016 - Enduring, Yoga, Yoga

Yoga: SmartFlow, with Annie Carpenter

Ella Isakov, Yoga Editor: It’s a pleasure to interview Annie Carpenter, a yoga teacher based in California who has dedicated her life to the study, practice and sharing of her love of yoga, meditation and living one’s truth. Inspiring words on the path to freedom, seeking your authenticity and cultivating gratitude through a dedicated practice. Parvati Magazine: You discovered dance and yoga in your teens, how did they complement each other? How did they each encompass the “expression of the soul” for you? Annie Carpenter: Yoga and dance are inherentlyRead More
Parvati Magazine’s yoga editor Ella Isakov interviewed the dedicated, forthright and passionate yoga teacher Alexandria Crow, who shared wisdom on how to stay committed to truth and integrity in the yoga community. Parvati Magazine: As a former gymnast, you saw similarities in the physical demands, but the practices are completely different. What gift has yoga given you that was missing in gymnastics? Alexandria Crow: Yoga gave me the ability to accept things as they are without the need to chase perfection. I was great at enduring pain in gymnastics soRead More