Stress is part of our human experience, especially in modern day times. Yoga can help to soothe us. In San Francisco, a restorative yoga class at Bernal Yoga is growing rapidly as more people find
quiet and stillness the best antidote for stress. A restorative class uses props to allow students to stay in… Continue
The 3rd annual Yogapalooza will be on June 6th and we are looking for volunteers to help us run it! If you are located in San Francisco, DC, San Diego, Chicago or Denver and wants to be part of this great event - email Briana@yogabear.org to learn more.
This weekend, I am attending a yoga training geared toward adaptive vinyasa for cancer survivors at Prana Yoga, taught by Ingrid Yang. We are using the Witness Practice, which is either active progressive relaxation or passive relaxation. Different yoga traditions teach variations of this meditation. The emphasis is observing our thoughts (our minds) , our emotions (or spiritual center) and our physical bodies. Learning to be a loving… Continue
Stretch your back and buttocks - release tensions. This twisting crocodile is a powerful exercise for a healthy back, very good for the internal organs. Sanskrit name of this Hatha Yoga Asana is Nakarasana. Demonstrated by Mahashakti, explained by Sukadev. More infos on Crocodile Variations atYoga…
So you've heard about the benefits of yoga, you have that cute pair of Lululemon pants you want to show off, and you've got a few hours a week to spare. Now you're faced with the overwhelming buffet of yoga styles/schools. How to choose? What if you get it wrong? Could you accidentally unblock your kundalini in the wrong place?? Oh dear.
With warmer weather starting, many of us are ready to travel out of the coziness of our homes and start an exercise routine. Sometimes, we need guidance regarding our fitness level. Can you walk a for twenty minutes and not be winded? Can you get up and down off the floor without sweating or flushing? Can you bend forward and reach toward your toes , knees soft, and come up without feeling dizzy? If so, you are probably able to… Continue
I have been in yoga groups with many different instructors. It amazes me how different they can be and how much more I can get out of instructors that take the time to explain their story. It took us buying high deductible health insurance to figure out that yoga has helped us medically in many ways. We have way less health issues and even less mental health concerns. So now we pay… Continue
Happy Friday Yogis! Finally, the weather is starting to warm up and you see nature’s bounty at its best. Birds chirping, bees droning, and an abundance of flowers blooming in myriad colors signal the end of winter blues.
Spring is the time for cleaning, and starting afresh. You can rejuvenate and re-energize, and get in sync with the changing season. Yoga is an ancient art and healing practice that will help you to cleanse your mind and body of…
Trish Martin is a 20 year cancer survivor living the principles of the yogic path by following her heart in teaching yoga. Trish says, "What you give, you get". For Trish, teaching senior yoga and cancer survivors is a gift. Her senior class started in chair yoga last year and have progressed to 'graceful and energizing' Sun Salutations! The benefits of starting yoga at any age and the hopefulness of progressing is inspiring to… Continue
Halle asked me to write a blog on YogaBear, and I was a little off kilter at first.
I want to write from an honest place of experience and I want it to be real, even though sometimes I don't always feel very real...
I met Halle in 2009, or maybe it was 2008, and I really was taken with the concept of donating yoga classes to Cancer Survivors. YogaBear helps people cope with reality. Life happens and it can be very hard to deal with on a personal…
I understand how numerous people can be and continue to be addicted
to refined sugar in one form or another…why you ask? Because refined
sugar is found in most processed foods, you know those foods you find
in the middle of the grocery store…processed cookies, cakes, candy,
canned foods, ketchup, etc.
White refined sugar is the most common form of sugar (sucrose) in North America and Europe. Refined sugar can be made by dissolving raw sugar and…
Sherrill Smith is a woman with passion and a vision. Deciding after thyroid cancer to become a yoga teacher and specialize in teaching other survivors, Sherrill didn't wait to get started on spreading the word, planning local projects and becoming Arizona's YB Chapter director. Sherrill did an interview about Yoga Bear and the benefits of yoga and healing called "Cancer Warrior', produced by Mel Majoros. The interview began a chain of events… Continue