Posts Categorized: Yoga

Podcast Episode 10: Relax

Just in time for Thanksgiving, I’ve got the tenth episode of my yoga podcast up. Its stretches are great for unwinding—whether after a race, at the end of the day, or on a “coffee break.” It finishes with a long hold in legs up the wall, one of my favorite poses. You’ll see the girls… Read more »

Sage Yoga Training: Relax

Relax Relax. This thirteen-minute sequence leads you in relaxing poses perfect for unwinding after a race, game, or long workout, or simply before bedtime. You’ll gently stretch your entire body: legs, hips, chest, back, and arms. Linger in these postures, breathing calmly and relaxing fully. We end with a long hold of legs up the… Read more »


I know the podcast episode 10 is overdue—if not from the calendar, from my bimonthly cold, which always seems to wreck my voice when I should be recording. I’d been planning a postrace/prebedtime calming routine, though now race season is about over. I guess it applies to the holidays as well as to athletic events,… Read more »


Swamped as I prepare to turn in a draft chapter of my book, keep up with editing projects, and peak (one hopes) for the NCTS championship race, I’ve had two consecutive weekends of chi-based workshops. The first was on Chi Running, taught by Danny Dreyer. It’s a technique for running using the core and relaxing… Read more »

Zero per Gallon

One of my yoga students, Rachel, rode to class Monday with a great sticker on her helmet reading $0.00 9/10. The actual visual is much better, and you can see it—and get your own—at Zero per Gallon.

Podcast Episode 9 Up

Click the link to the right to find my latest podcast, a series of shoulder stretches with optional leg configurations. You’ll hear the cold that has become a full-on sinus infection (I laid awake last night with the telltale toothache and clicking sounds coming from the left side of my face—what was going on in… Read more »

Organic Variability

My most recent hobby horse is the topic of heart rate variability. In addition to being an interesting glance at the effects of training and recovery, it’s also a wonderful metaphor for the yoga experience. When the body is relaxed and recovered, the parasympathetic nervous system is dominant, and the space between heartbeats becomes variable…. Read more »

Three of My Fifteen Minutes

I was on the local news last night, in a piece with the best introduction ever. The anchor misread the script: “She’s a part-time yoga instructor, a mother, a runner, a fitness trainer—let’s meet one of the Triangle’s biggest moms! Uh—busiest moms!” The video, which isn’t online, has some silly shots of the kids being… Read more »

Podcast Episode 8: Quick Fix

Thanks to my wonderful sister-in-law, who took the girls to the museum in the morning, then shot the photographs after lunch, I’ve gotten the next podcast episode together. The poses in this one multitask, working on strength, flexibility, and balance all at the same time. By design, it’s a little shorter than usual, for days… Read more »

Sage Yoga Training: Quick Fix

Quick Fix This short sequence of yoga poses will challenge your balance, increase your flexibility, and engage your core strength. If your postworkout time is limited, follow this podcast to include a little stretching and strengthening—your body will thank you. After beginning with Warrior III to work on standing balance (strengthening the hips, legs, and… Read more »