yogaRIOT Blog

Building a Yoga Practice

So you came to your first yoga class at yogaRIOT? Yay! Now what? Maybe you've been to some classes before, but this time something was different and you want more. Maybe you've been coming once in a while, but just never committed. Yoga is meant to...

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Yoga and Cannabis

The Basics - History: Cannabis has been used to enhance yoga and meditation for thousands of years Benefits: Calm, presence, deeper focus, patience, breath Side effects: Dries the tissues, causes an imbalance in standing poses, can cause sleepiness...

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Headaches After Hot Yoga

Recently, we were contacted by a student who said he was experiencing long-lasting headaches after class. After responding to the email, it seemed like a good topic to bring to the blog. Certainly, he is not alone in this. Here's our...

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A Downward Dog Tutorial

Here is a short video of Annie teaching a stable downward dog yoga pose. Downward dog is commonly a source of sore shoulders and hands. Much of this strain can be eliminated by opening the feet hip-width apart and finding a generous bend in the...

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The Heat

Why add heat to the yoga? Annie will tell you why! In traditional yoga practice, you might have done Sun Salute A with 30 repetitions before moving into the Warrior series for 10-20 breath holds. Your asana practice would have taken 2 hours every...

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10 Things That Are Best Done When Hydrated

Here are 10 ways that you can take advantage of great hydration: Dentistry and surgery: Hydrated tissues bleed less, and are less likely to become infected and heal faster. Sleeping: You sleep better when hydrated, though you may need to pee,...

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Beginner’s Mind

Four years ago I was brand new to yoga. I had taken yoga classes before, but honestly, I walked out of many of them. It’s hard to show up new. It’s hard to show up, period. One thing I’ve learned on the journey is that hard is ok and can become...

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You Are The One You’ve Been Waiting For…

"You've always had the power, my dear, you just needed to learn it for yourself." - Glinda the Good Witch, The Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum “You changed my life!” It is a thing students say to yoga teachers. It's sweet and meant to show gratitude,...

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Leslie Kaminoff

We asked Leslie Kaminoff to give us a preview of what we will learn when he visits August 27/28. One of our teachers and one of our students had questions he graciously answered.

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