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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...

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...

Retreat Life: Q & A With Past Bali Retreaters

February 9, 2020

We’re often asked what to expect on our retreats in Bali. The short answer? You can expect to experience mindful daily yoga and meditation, fresh healthy food, lush accommodations, and unique, fun experiences. While in Bali you’ll have a chance to explore natural wonders and dive into the local culture. But the experience of each...

Open Your Body and Heart With Backbends

February 3, 2020

There is a strong connection between the body and the mind. Yoga is about finding balance, flexibility, and strength – not just physically, but mentally, too. Backbends, specifically, tap into this connection. This is one reason they can be intimidating, even to experienced practitioners – there’s an immense amount of vulnerability involved in opening up...