all good summery things must end

all good summery things must end

Ahh, Labor Day There’s something special about Labor Day Weekend. It’s a bridge, for many of us, between play and work –a little like New Year’s, but with a different mood. At New Year’s, I feel myself and my students “resetting” with determination. Determination fueled by frustrated exhaustion. Which kinda sucks, no? But as weread more

how much mobility do you need?

how much mobility do you need?

How much mobility do YOU need? Human joints can move in predictable ways that are more or less the same for all of us. More or less the same means we do not move in exactly the same ways. Why is this? First there’s the mobility you’re “born with”. It’s the mobility determined both byread more

mobility vs flexibility: do you have enough?

mobility vs flexibility: do you have enough?

About 7 out of 10 newcomers to yoga warn me: “I’m not very flexible.” The other 3 tell me they’ve started because they want to be “more” flexible. 9 out of 10 times these newcomers have plenty of “flexibility.” What they do often lack is functional mobility. What’s the difference between mobility and flexibility? Nothing moreread more

how to learn through touch

how to learn through touch

What did you learn about your bones last week? (If you didn’t download the free learn-through-touch palpation worksheet, you can get it in last week’s post.) A whole bunch? Not so much? Or maybe it wasn’t your bones that caught your attention, but your response to palpating them (or just the idea of it)… Weread more

get to know your bones

get to know your bones

Want to know a little something about yourself? You. have. 208 bones! Well… maybe. It’s a possibility. It’s even a probability. But without some full body x-rays, I can’t say for sure. Because even though we human beings are pretty similar person to person, we’re never exactly the same. And this is true to theread more

make your evening routine work for you

make your evening routine work for you

Rituals ground us. Once something is routine, it takes less mental effort. The ritual gets completed more or less through its own momentum. Routines and rituals are awesome! Unless, of course, you’ve got a crappy routine. One that gets in the way of how you want to feel, what you want to do, how youread more

3 ways to discover your ideal morning routine

3 ways to discover your ideal morning routine

For many of us, the morning routine has the least variability of all our daily habits. Because of this, you may have found it tough to stop and notice how you feel; it’s just so darn “every day”! I hope you did notice a thing or two, because now we’re gonna talk about what to doread more

what you say matters. yup, every word.

what you say matters. yup, every word.

When I teach a yoga class, I try to let a little food for thought filter in through the steps and breaths. Some days, the most magical phrases tumble out. The eloquence of what I’ve just said astonishes me. Did I really just say something that I’m willing to pretend sounded smart and useful? How did that happen? I’m especiallyread more

backed up by science: sutra 3.37 on inner sense

backed up by science: sutra 3.37 on inner sense

I am something of a scientific study geek. I love reading reports of their methods and findings! There’s often some little tidbit that makes me think a little differently about the world, ever widening my perspective. You can image my double-excitement when Sara Lazar’s study on meditation reported showing an increase in grey matter inread more

an equation to live by

an equation to live by: thoughts, feelings, actions

You’re practicing observing your thoughts. Maybe you’re recognizing the power of thinking. But how exactly do thoughts lead to action? Remember Newton and the roughly equal force (F) of sudden (high a) vs. daily (high m) thoughts? Well, if fundamental physics got us to the idea of the thoughts having power (F), it was the algebra that helped us understand the different ways thoughtsread more

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That’s me, Esther I teach yoga and champion individuality by teaching you what’s under the hood (thank you, yoga AND science!). Together, we sort through what we can know, what we can’t, and how to work with both. There might be mention of superheroes. And science!   Site photos © Eric Bandiero.