• What’s In A Yoga Mat?

    I can’t believe I haven’t addressed the yoga mat topic yet as often as clients ask. Do I need my own yoga mat? What kind of mat should I get? What’s a good price point?   Do you need your own mat?   YES.   Okay, it depends on how germaphobic you are. Me? Other people’s funk? Oh hell no. People sweat in yoga class. Depending on the type of mats they stock at your gym or studio, those mats have been exposed to all kinds of gunk. And don’t get me started on people’s feet. I have an entire chapter about feet in the coming soon The F*cking Yoga Book,…

  • Take The Weight Off Of Your Shoulders

    One of the number one places we’re tight tight tight is our upper body. Even if you’re not a big weightlifter, your shoulders carry the weight of your world. They’re the most common place our tension sits because we’re literally flinching sometimes.   The Trapezius runs from the base of your skull across to the top of your acromion on one side and on the other, it connects down the spine from C7 of the cervical vertebrae through T12 of your thoracic vertebrae. The neck has a whole mess of muscles from the Levator Scapulae to the strap muscles that collect their own knots of stress. Add the Rhomboids and the…

  • Yoga Inversions: Why I Don’t Fucking Teach Them

    Something came up in class this week, no pun intended. Yoga inversions. I don’t teach full inversions, sarvangasana, shoulder stand, sirsanasa, headstand, or sandasana, wheel pose. Go ahead, Yoga nazis, fire up your torches and sharpen your pitchforks. I’ll wait. I’m even going against my Viniyoga background on this one.   Inversions belong to a set of yoga poses I consider Ego Poses. There is ZERO scientific evidence proving any physical benefit to practicing these poses. There are plenty of scientific studies supporting the many benefits of practicing yoga without propagating the bullshit.   Aren’t inversions good for you?

  • Pain in The Ass Is A Killer: Hamstrings and Yoga Butt

    Pins and needles. Dull pain running the length of your hamstring. A sharp ache in your ass when you sit down. Clients come to me on the reg with complaints about pain in the ass. No, they’re not referring to me. While it’s common to think it’s Sciatica, which is no fucking joke, I’ve found it’s more often a case of yoga butt. Hamstring pain is a killer.   Yoga Schmoga. I haven’t been doing yoga.   But Julia, I don’t even DO yoga. Even if you don’t do yoga, you can overuse or strain the fascia and upper tissue of the hamstrings. The number one thing people do when…

  • Yoga People Can Be The Worst

    Hippy-dippy yoga people are supposed to be zen, accepting, and full of OM. Yeah right, whenever I start talking F*cking Yoga, you can see the zen just melt right out of them.   Yoga people can ruin it for everyone.   You would think a brand of yoga designed to draw more people into the yoga studio would be a good thing. Man, yoga people can be such a buzz kill. One of the offspring had his friends overnight and the breakfast table was full. Turns out, one of his gal pals is taking her yoga certification at the local community college. She recognized me from one of my yoga classes…