Category: Health

Yoga Asana 101: Basic Poses You Should Know

May 15, 2020

It’s a universal experience for beginner yogis: once you learn proper alignment for foundational poses, the physical practice starts to become more accessible. Most vinyasa classes will feature a few of the same basic postures, or asanas, that all practitioners should be familiar with: Child’s Pose (Balasana) One of the first poses many of us...

Chakras: Delving Into the Subtle Body

April 21, 2020

When we practice yoga, we have an opportunity to connect the physical body with the subtle body – our energy, mental state, emotions. Linking breath to movement and moving with intention allows us to harness what we’re doing externally to create shifts internally.  Gaining a deeper understanding of these energetic shifts requires an understanding of...

Finding Balance and Grounding in Uncertain Times

April 1, 2020

All of us have been affected in some way by the current global health crisis. Many of us are working from home. Parents are educating their own school-age kids – for some, multiple children at once. Extroverts are finding new ways to fulfill their need for social interaction. And we’re all hoping to maintain our...

Creating a Sacred Space: How to Set Up a Home Practice

March 26, 2020

As we’re all spending more time reconnecting with ourselves and our home spaces, it’s important to maintain a connection with your yoga practice. Whatever your practice looks like while you’re on your own – meditation, daily sun salutations, breathwork, vigorous asana – it’s important to create a space that facilitates peace and grounding during uncertain...

4 Ways to Prioritize Your Self Care

March 17, 2020

At Uptown Yoga, we don’t view “self-care” as a buzzword – it’s an intentional way of life in which your own well-being is prioritized so that you become a more positive, impactful contributor to your family and community.  Self-care doesn’t always mean taking a day off work to sit on the couch or scheduling a...

Demystifying the Sound Bath

February 24, 2020

Meditation is not about stopping your thoughts – it’s about watching them. Whether you have an established meditation practice or only find moments of meditation when guided at a studio, there are many different ways to clear the mind.  Sound healing is based on the principle that vibrations change consciousness. The healing vibrations pass through...

Top Yoga Poses for Hip Pain Relief

December 25, 2019

Hip pain is found in people of all ages, ranging from light muscular discomfort to something more serious like arthritis. If you are currently experiencing severe hip pain, it’s best to get proper medical advice from an experienced doctor before trying any of the poses below. For most, The common cause of hip pain is...

Best Yoga Postures for Balancing Your Hormones Naturally

December 18, 2019

Restoring the balance of your natural hormones can maintain the quality of your physical and mental health. One of the ways to balance these hormones is through yoga practice. The endocrine system is made up of a collection of glands that produce hormones and is essential to every function in the body. These functions include...

What is the Definition of Namaste In Yoga?

December 11, 2019

Namaste literally translates to “I bow to you”.  Broken down, Name means “bow”, Te means “to you” while the S connects both words. The word is used as a formal greeting and can also be used to express gratitude. In yoga terms, the word is used at the end of a yoga class as a...

Amazing Benefits of Yoga Practices for Your Daily Life

December 4, 2019

Yoga is derived from the Sanskrit word “yuji” which means union or yoke. Yoga has been practiced for centuries and can bring the mind and body together. The practice consists of breathing exercises along with meditations and holding certain poses that may help in relaxation as well as reducing stress. Yoga practices are known to...