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The Radiance of Inner Light

We are light.  Within us is a light, very much like the Sun, that is unchanging and brilliant.  This is one of the fundamental teachings in yoga philosophy.  The darkness of the winter creates an inward movement of our attention that creates opportunities to experience our inner life and radiance. As we move into this […]

Yoga for EmBODIED Awareness: Conscious Eating, Active Living, Habit Change

Using Yoga for EmBODIED Awareness: Yoga for Conscious Eating, Active Living and Habit Change Can the tools of yoga help us change our habits?  Yoga is a powerful practice for transformation and change.  The tools of yoga can be applied in specific ways to help us strengthen will and change habits around food, exercise and […]

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Yoga for Upper Back Pain

Yoga for Upper Back Pain by Mary Hilliker, RDN, E-RYT 500, CYT The skeleton is an amazing chassis, the support structure for movement and a protector of our internal organs and glands.  Just like a car chassis, we may start out with our own unique skeletal attributes and over the years add wear and tear.  […]

Yoga for Gardening – Preparing the Soil

By Mary Hilliker, RD, E-RYT 500 The promise of delicious, sweet heirloom tomatoes, the delight of a rich palette of coneflowers, and the smell of baked squash…it’s within reach now that the days are longer, the nights milder and the temperatures are rising.  To the gardener, it’s a mixture of science, weather, prayers and hard […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]