3 Best Poses for Back pain

By | April 13th, 2017|

There are some things that you just can’t put on hold because of back pain like the night of your daughter’s school play, a big presentation at work, the day of your son’s wedding, Thanksgiving dinner preparation, and so on. Even if you can’t get to your chiropractor, massage therapist, or acupuncturist in that moment [...]

Spring Cleanse in Comfort with Kitcheri

By | April 13th, 2017|

I’ve tried and failed many a Spring cleanse. I am just not good with being hungry. I get really grouchy and I can’t think straight. I’ve tried the Master cleanse, different juice and smoothie types but I always stop because I’m just too uncomfortable and unable to function well. The Kitcheri cleanse recommended by my [...]

Get moving towards better digestive health

By | October 13th, 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 is largely blamed for for the loss of our ability to properly digest our food. This is highly concerning because when [...]

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 [...]

The Gift of Teaching Prenatal Yoga

By | August 1st, 2016|

I have been teaching prenatal yoga for over 13 years and training prenatal yoga teachers for 10 years. One might ask, “What keeps you so motivated after all this time?” While guiding pregnant women in a yoga practice is truly inspiring for me, the calling to teach prenatal yoga extends so far beyond the classroom. [...]

What is Reiki?

By | July 29th, 2016|

Reiki is a healing modality that was developed in 1922 by the Japanese Buddhist Mikao Usui. Translating Japanese into English is more of an art than exact science. The Japanese language has many layers of meaning. Context is very important. As an example, “Rei” is commonly translated as  “ghost” and “Ki” as vapor. This translation [...]

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 [...]