Author: Margaret Burns Vap

  • Après-Ski Asana

    The return of ski season means sore muscles that are trying to remember all the right moves (you want me to do what?!). Many other activities emphasize the importance of what you do to warm-up, and while I’m not negating that for skiing (in fact, we do a heat-building yoga practice before we head out…

  • OM for the Holidays: How to Detox Now

    Every year around this time I am reminded of the difference perspective can make. I have a vivid childhood memory of waiting for Christmas — it always seemed like the season leading up to this much-anticipated day lasted an eternity. These days, I’m desperately trying to find more chunks of time somewhere in the month…

  • Break It Down: Ease Into Advanced Asanas

    Let’s face it: We live in a culture that thrives on results. We like that feeling of accomplishment that comes from crossing items off our to-do list, and from achieving larger goals. It’s not all bad, but one place this drive to achieve backfires is on the yoga mat. After more than ten years of…

  • Breathe. Feel. Trust. Giddy Up.

    There are many similarities between practicing yoga and riding a horse, which is how Cowgirl Yoga, a merging of horses and yoga, came about. Despite the similarities, there is one very, very big difference between yoga and riding: when you practice yoga you are on your mat, an inanimate object; when you ride a horse,…

  • OMbody Mini Practice

    In Be An OMbody we focused on sun salutations as the cornerstone for a home practice. Now that you’re feeling comfortable saluting the sun at home, the  next step is to build a well-rounded practice. As a yoga teacher, my main criteria for creating a class is to make the sequence well-rounded. This means that…

  • Be an OMbody

    If the economy has put a damper on your yoga class attendance, it’s time to start a home practice. Just because you have to cut back doesn’t mean you should cut back on yoga. A home practice can help fine-tune your grasp of the basics, so you can get more out of class time and…

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    Outdoor Yoga: Poses for Hikers

    Hiking is a great reminder to have fun when you exercise. We do it not just for the health benefits, but also for enjoyment. There’s a feeling of accomplishment when you hike a trail, especially one with a destination that includes a natural landmark like a lake or waterfall. Health-wise, it’s great to get outside…

  • Cowgirl Yoga: 5 Poses for Riders

    The thing I like most about these yoga poses is that they help stretch and strengthen the muscles affected by riding in different ways – depending on when you do them. If you use them as a warm up before riding, you’ll get your muscles limbered-up and ready to engage. If you try them after,…

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