About Monique Lonner

Monique Lonner is a Yoga Therapist and Director of the Yoga Therapy Training Program at Soul of Yoga in Encinitas. She’s been teaching and studying the therapeutic benefits of yoga since 2002. Monique teaches anatomy and physiology to other yoga teachers and therapists and participates in the free yoga therapy clinic at Soul of Yoga. For more information on the Soul of Yoga call (760) 943-7685.

Ask the Yoga Therapist: Peripheral Neuropathy

By | August 3rd, 2016|

Dear Monique, I went through chemotherapy cancer treatment and now I have numbness in my lower legs and feet. It makes it hard to do standing and balance poses in my yoga classes because I can’t feel the souls of my feet. Can Yoga Therapy help me? Signed, Tingle Toes   Dear Tingle Toes, Mayoclinic.com describes [...]

What Not to Say: “Pull your flesh away from your sitz bones”

By | August 3rd, 2016|

I am the Director of Advanced Yoga Teacher and Yoga Therapy Training at Soul of Yoga.  Over the years I have learned countless wonderful things from my students. These students are already yoga teachers and are enrolled in training in order to deepen their skill sets and/or become certified Yoga Therapists.  Some have been teaching [...]

Working with chronic disease through Yoga

By | August 3rd, 2016|

As yoga teachers and therapists students often come to us and tell us they have digestive issues or hormonal imbalances, auto-immune disorders, or cancer.  They’ve shown up because they’ve heard great things about yoga and they believe it may be able help them. If you’re nervous about how to help a student or client facing [...]

Carpal Tunnel and Chataranga

By | August 3rd, 2016|

The carpal tunnel is a narrow space in the wrist that houses the median nerve, tons of blood vessels, all the tendons that move the fingers and bursa saks containing fluid that can swell.  As Mayo Clinic points out “anything that crowds, irritates or compresses the median nerve in the carpal tunnel space can lead [...]

Meditation is the new Yoga

By | August 3rd, 2016|

The Yogic sages offer us many practices to support our journey towards Self-Realization. If you’re like me you found asana first and it changed your life.  In fact that may be why you became a yoga teacher! Yogis suggest asana may be necessary to settle and balance the body in preparation for meditation. For if [...]

The Phantastic Psoas

By | July 27th, 2016|

Allow me to introduce you to your Psoas. It’s a deep hip flexor and external rotator. Its origin is the lumbar spine and its insertion is the lesser trocanter of the femur. The story of the psoas often ends there, but it’s really so much more interesting than that. The psoas actually has facial attachments [...]

Chew on This

By | July 20th, 2016|

Digestive imbalance is almost at epidemic levels these days. Constipation, IBS, acid reflux, GERD, etc. plague a whopping 70 million people every day.  The omnipresence of processed food, GMO’s, and increased use of medication of all kinds is largely at fault for the loss of our ability to properly digest our meals and nourish our [...]

What Not to Say, “Inhale and lift your arms over your head and look to your hands.”

By | July 20th, 2016|

“Inhale and lift your arms over your head and look to your hands.” Do you say that in class? If you do I’m not saying it’s wrong, but I’d like to offer you a different perspective. Unless you’re teaching a group of super fit, flexie, young yogis and yoginis, then you have students in your [...]

Ask the Yoga Therapist: Thumbs up for thumb arthritis!

By | July 10th, 2016|

Rheumatoid arthritis of the thumb is common with aging, but also becoming more frequent now that everyone seems to be texting and typing so many hours of the day.  Thumb arthritis is characterized by calcification and swelling around the joint. This can cause severe pain and decreased strength and range of motion, making it difficult [...]