Category: Yoga Practice

Cultivate Inner and Outer Strength With Handstands

November 8, 2020

If you’re intimidated by the word “inversions” when it comes to your yoga practice, don’t be! An inversion is any pose where your head is below your heart. If you’ve ever been in downward-facing dog or a standing forward fold, you’ve been in an inversion.  Over time, though, your practice might evolve to incorporate inversions...

Finding Equilibrium in Unsettling Times

June 16, 2020

Unrest in the outside world can bring difficult feelings to the surface. It may seem that anywhere you turn you’re faced with disheartening news or major conflict, making it hard to feel stable and grounded. Balancing commitments to your family, your community, your job, and your personal life sometimes results in your Self coming in...

Poses for Stress Relief

June 4, 2020

Navigating the new normal can stir up the entire spectrum of human emotion. You might find yourself experiencing waves of unpleasant feelings – stress, sadness, anger, frustration – and that’s okay. It’s healthy to allow yourself to feel and process what’s happening internally to create space to feel something different.  The practice of yoga helps...

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...

Brad Walters: A Student’s Yoga Journey to Health

March 10, 2020

If you’ve ever practiced in the early afternoon or on a Saturday morning at our Austin Ranch location, you’ve probably encountered Brad Walters at some point in the last two years. Brad is an almost daily fixture at Austin Ranch, and beloved by his instructors and fellow students. He’s shared his inspiring yoga journey with...

Taking Your Practice Deeper

March 4, 2020

Your yoga practice is a lifelong journey – entirely unique to you, and meant to shift and change as you grow. The beauty of the practice is that there is no mastery. We are all students, and whether you’ve been on your mat two days or two decades, there is always an opportunity to take...