Gut Health, Yoga & Conscious Eating

by Mary Hilliker, RD, E-RYT 500, Certified Viniyoga Teacher and Yoga Therapist In an earlier article, I covered the basics of yoga and healthy eating for better digestion.  The ancients in India understood the connection between digestion and health and elucidated it through the science of Ayurveda.  Modern scientific studies have shown the connection between […]

Yoga for Healthy Aging – Body, Mind and Mood

by Mary Hilliker, RD, RYT 500 Are you interested in better balance, improved reaction time, sound memory, and emotional calmness?   Through body-mind practices such as yoga, we strengthen all of these aspects of a healthy aging brain. The physical practice of yoga, known as asana, helps strengthen muscles that are weak (remember, we lose muscle […]

Yoga for Better Digestion

By Mary Hilliker, RD, E-RYT 500, CYT The gut can tell us a lot.  It has been more recently referred to as “the second brain,” a complex system of nerves and neurotransmitters that link to the gray matter in our head.  The “second brain” provides gut instinct, that barometer for our instinctual sense about bad […]

Grow Your Roots – A Stable Base of Support

By Mary Hilliker, RD, E-RYT 500, Certified Viniyoga Teacher & Yoga Therapist Your feet, ankles, legs, knees, hips and sacrum (the wedge-shaped bone at the base of the spine) provide a base of support for moving, working, and playing.  It’s when you start slip-sliding around on the ice that you come to appreciate strength, flexibility, […]

Awakening To Awareness

by Mary Hilliker Many people who have practiced other styles of yoga say that Viniyoga is different. You have to pay attention. You have to be aware. It’s not the same sequence of postures every time or one size fits all yoga. There is active participation of attention in the process of awakening to who […]

Yoga & Winter Seasonal Changes

by Mary Hilliker, RD, E-RYT 500, CYT “This season of the year grinds the very soul out of me.  My nerves lose their tone, my teeth ache, and my courage falls to the bottomless bottom of infinitude.” – Henry Adams in a letter to Charles Milnes Gaskell, 1869   Are there days, weeks or months that […]

Apples – Symbolic of the Journey of Transformation

My husband recently turned his own harvest of apples into crowd-pleasing apple bread (see recipe below) for one of my yoga retreats.   It struck me how long the journey is for that wonderful apple bread.  We can learn something for our journey in yoga from the patience it takes to nurture apples from seed to […]

Feel Your Best with Yoga: Cancer Treatment and Recovery

by Mary Hilliker, RD, E-RYT 500, Certified Viniyoga Teacher and Yoga Therapist Life changes in an instant with a diagnosis of cancer.  It’s like a big wave crashing through the house rearranging everything.  How do you manage the big wave?  The ancient science of yoga provides useful tools for coping with the diagnosis and treatments […]

BEing vs. DOing

by Mary Hilliker, RD, E-RYT 500, CYT The other day I read something very “new-agey” about yoga.  The author said that yoga is being, not doing.  I immediately visualized the packing of my bags to trek to the Himalayas to meditate, to just be.  It made me chuckle. Reality set it.  It’s rare that a […]

Transitions and Transformation

by Mary Hilliker, RD, E-RYT 500, CYT Change in our life comes in many different ways.  Sometimes we plan for the change.  A retirement, career change or getting married are examples of things that we often consciously choose.  And then some changes blow in like a strong wind taking with it any sense of order […]