At Harmony Yoga, we are proud of our incredibly talented instructors, the love they bring to their classes, their dedication to the path of yoga, and how they positively affect so many in our beach community and beyond. Each month we will be highlighting one of our teachers, so that you can learn even more about them and their life. We are kicking off our Teacher Spotlight section with Jamie Horgan, a dedicated and compassionate... [more]
Gratitude and yoga go hand in hand. The constant tug from our to-do lists and society’s standards can pull you back at times and cause you to forget the blessings you have. Yoga helps us return to ourselves and reconnect with our soul's true knowing. Through postures, mantras, physical activity, and community, the practice of yoga helps increase one's well-being and inner/outer awareness. In turn, by elevating this awareness, we symbiotically elevate gratitude and appreciation... [more]
The practice of Yin Yoga is the perfect antidote to the busy, stressful world that we live in. Constant exposure to stress can contribute to sleep disturbances, physical dis-ease, anxiety and depression. Yin yoga offers us a break from the hectic outside world and allows us the opportunity to go within and deeply relax. It has proven effective in balancing out the sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight) and sympathetic nervous system (rest & relax).... [more]
While the holidays can be a wonderful time full of celebrations with family and friends, all the parties, sweets, and traveling can also take a toll on our health. Harmony is here to support you, and help you stay grounded and calm during this busy time of year. Here’s a few tips:
1. Eat nutrient dense foods to support your immune system – As colds and flus become more common during this time of year, its... [more]
Julie & Julie have a lot in common! Not only are their names the same, but they are both students at Harmony Yoga and both strong, amazing women who are cancer surviviors. In reflection of National Cancer Survivor Day (June 3rd) we've received permission to share their stories!
We would like you to meet Julie Miller, a local South Bay physician.
How many years have you been practicing yoga? 15 years
How many years... [more]
I had a really weird and wonderful experience recently while sitting, of all places, in the dentist chair having major dental work. Trying to fend off pain and fear, I closed my eyes and started slow rhythmic breathing, like in yoga class or during meditation. Focusing solely and intently on my breath, something amazing and unexpected happened. As if I was an onlooker, I saw myself meditating in my little yoga/mediation space at home. I... [more]
The mind and the body are not separate. What affects one affects the other.
- Dr. Joe Kosterich
Over the years, I have heard many yoga teachers say that the hips are the storeroom of emotions especially anger and suppressed feelings. They say that is why strong emotions arise during deep hip opening yoga poses like Pigeon Pose, Eka Pada Raja Kapotasana. I have always wondered about the veracity of that claim. ... [more]
In Hillary Clinton’s new book, What Happened, she credits Alternate Nostril Breathing for helping her find peace and calm after the 2016 presidential election. Just like that, the former Secretary of State catapulted Alternate Nostril Breathing into the mainstream as a way to ease stress. However, alternate nostril breathing, Nadi Shodhana Pranayama in Sanskrit, has been around for thousands of years and is highly regarded in the wellness community for its numerous mental and physical... [more]
Greeting students as they come into class, I often ask, “How are you.” People usually respond, “good,” without much thought. There are, however, a few people who look me straight in the eye, smile, and say with conviction, “Glad to be here.” With those few words and that look, they speak volumes. Often, but not always, these students have been through something traumatic. The aftermath is an overwhelming feeling of gratitude for everyday life and... [more]
Meditation has been shown to reduce stress, improve concentration, increase happiness, and promote a healthy lifestyle. Seeking well-being, people often ask, “How do I meditate?” In response, I can provide a road map or guided meditation, but if you really want to meditate, you need to try different ways of meditating and PRACTICE. Meditation is also a process of self-discovery, self-awareness, and self-acceptance. As you learn about yourself and explore different forms of meditation, you... [more]
“As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.” - Audrey Hepburn
Bandha is the yoga term for body lock. You may have heard of Mula Bandha (root lock), Uddiyana Bandha (abdominal lock), Jalandhara Bandha (chin lock), or Pada Bandha (foot lock). In this Blog we will examine Hasta Bandha, the Hand Lock. Hasta Bandha is important in poses like Downward Dog where students... [more]
If you have ever had elbow discomfort during or after practicing yoga, take a moment to check the carrying angle of your elbow. To find your carrying angle, extend your arms by your sides with palms facing forwards and externally rotate your arms. Looking in a mirror, you will notice that the forearms and hands naturally diverge from the side body. That slant is the carrying angle of the elbow, and it creates space for... [more]