12 Days of Yoga Gifts

For the first day of yoga gifts my true self gave to me… It’s tough to find time for yourself during the holiday season. Much of our energy is directed externally: gifts for others, parties, family, planning how to fit it all in and stay festive in the process. Yoga class? What a gift that […]

One Week of One-Pose Wonders

Fall has arrived. It often feels more like a new beginning than New Year’s: that lovely chill in the air, back-to-school time, settling down from summer. It also usually means a big shift in daily schedules, which always takes some getting used to. As you acclimate to the changing of the seasons and all the […]

Embrace Salamba Sirsasana (Headstand)

This pose evokes a lot of reaction whenever it’s brought up, either great fear or joy in most students.  It can be a lifelong challenge. Before walking you through the steps to get into headstand, I want to touch on the concept that it embodies. It is called an inversion for a reason, and it […]

Before Bed Yoga

How many times has this happened to you: you’re laying in bed hoping to get to sleep, but the more you fret about the sleep you need, the more elusive it becomes. Many times when we get our bodies into bed, they somehow miss the cue, or get mixed signals from our still-racing-like-it-was-midday minds. Also, […]

Travel Yoga Practice

Travel yoga has been on my mind lately. Late last year, my family and I temporarily relocated from Montana to London, UK. After getting ourselves settled, my yoga practice also settled into a spectacular daily routine as I took advantage of what the London yoga scene has to offer. But the month-long school holiday for […]

Stand Up Paddle Yoga

The sport of Stand Up Paddling (SUP) has really taken off.  It seems everyone these days is enjoying, or would like to experience, the feeling of  “walking on water.” I just finished reading Suzie Cooney’s enlightening and informative blog on SUP, my boyfriend Adam Kelinson (author of The Athlete’s Plate – Real Food for High […]

Embrace Vashistasana (Side Plank)

It seems like there are as many variations of asanas (poses) as there are teachers. Each school of yoga has its own philosophy about how to proceed with the physical asana. Each teacher reinterprets it for their style and each student adjusts it to fit their body. Your good judgment and awareness of breath will […]

Embrace Ardha Chandrasana (Half Moon)

I truly love a balance pose. Not because I love balancing or because I’m good at it (balance poses are anything but effortless for me), but because after falling out of a balance pose it’s always so clear that if you keep straining, it will never happen. Balance poses are really for improving your mental […]

Yoga for Runners

Many of my favorite yoga clients are runners. Often the runner’s initial reaction to yoga is that it is a necessary evil that they have been told will target problematic areas of their body that hinder their ability to run long distances. So they sigh and, with reluctance, show up in my studio. But eventually […]

Mini Yoga Practice: Banish Shoulder Stress

by Margaret Burns Vap, Big Sky Yoga Retreats | Ever feel like you carry the weight of the world on your shoulders? Well, your head does weigh about as much as a bowling ball. And unfortunately, our neck and shoulders are on the body’s frontlines for the battle against stress. Fortunately, it’s a relatively easy area to access and release on your own with some simple yoga asanas that you can do almost anywhere…