Supported Shoulder Stand, Learn the Pose

teaches shoulder standShoulder stand is a pivotal pose for those who look to yoga for balanced health and vitality. Follow along with Lillah as she teaches potential students of her 500 hour Teacher Training course, the best way to do supported shoulder stand.

You can easily relieve fatigue and stress as well as get a wonderful endorphin bath!

During the Spring season, those troubled by allergy reactions will especially benefit from this pose as it will calm histamines. If you find your head has too much pressure in it already, start with simple hips on a bolster and legs up, known as Vipariti Karani. Then move to this supported pose starting with your knees bent. For more information on the benefits of this pose please go to  Enjoy!

You can learn the correct setup for this pose and its benefits by watching the video. It was filmed at in Seminole, FL.

You need a chair, a sticky mat, a bolster and maybe a blanket for your head.

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Yoga Hips – One of my favorite subjects!

For some time now the articles and awareness that a woman’s hips are vulnerable to extreme stretches in yoga have caught my attention. Un-square your hips in Virabhadrasana 2…. watch this video.

It appears according to the New York Times article by William J Broad on November 3, 2013 that many woman injure their hips due to the “wide range of joint play that can increase not only their proficiency in yoga, but also their health risks. The investigators found that extreme leg motions could cause the hip bones to repeatedly strike each other, leading over time to damaged cartilage, inflammation, pain and arthritis. They call it Femoroacetabular Impingement — or F.A.I., in medical shorthand. The name spoke to a recurrence in which the neck of the thigh bone (the femur) swung so close to the hip socket (the acetabulum) that it repeatedly struck the socket’s protruding rim.”

As a seasoned yoga practitioner and yoga teacher trainer, I have been observing and halting whenever possible the misunderstanding of alignment and correlating muscular action or lack of, that would lead to this “bumping ” of the bones of the hip joint. In an Elephant Journal article Michaelle Edwards spoke of deep forward bending as a problem of over stretching the hamstring ligaments and low back muscles with a resulting pelvic destabilization and spinal weakness. I do agree with the results she has observed, yet not necessarily to approach for correction, but that is a different story.  What seems to be missing in this conversation is the rampant “squaring of the hips” being taught in all the lateral poses such as triangle (Trikonasana) and warrior 2 (Virabhadrasana 2).

When beginning a recent 500 hour Yoga Therapy Teacher Training at in Seminole Florida, three of the eight woman in the course were already experiencing hip pain… and the worst pose to bring it on? Trikonasana.  As you will see from the following video the mis-alignment and action was present in Virabhadrasana 2 as well. As a teaching aid, it is best to correct the alignment in Virabhadrasana 2.

I hope you will find the following video helpful and will share this information with all your yoga students and yoga friends! Pictures are worth a thousand words…..

Namaste, Lillah

Lillah’s next yoga teacher training course begins February 7, 2014. Registration is now open. Join Lillah to delve deeply into all aspects of yoga and transform your practice. Choose 5, 9 or 14 weekend trainings with more information at

Reflections IAYT Conference Boston

medicalCaucus_95x155The Boston conference was buzzing with ideas exchanging back and forth on how yoga as therapy could interface with wellness clinics and hospitals in the US and the world. The presentations gave a reflection of how many areas yoga had become the corner stone for improved health and well being thru the applications of the teachings and practices of yoga. Notable presentations were
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Yoga As a Healing Journey

DSCN2927feet circleI dont know why anyone contracts the illness they contract. Is it the mind, a function of or mis-function, holding on to some false belief?  Is it wounds from the past that have never been healed? Needs for love that were never fulfilled? Is it genetics – environment- destiny?  I for one am not privy to that information. However I have confidence that through the practices of yoga, developing inner awareness, self-awareness, a desire to know, and surrender to the Truth, the highest power we can conceive, will lead us to the peace of transformation.

The three steps, Tapas – desire and practice, svadhyaya – self study and wisdom studies, Ishvara-pranidyana – surrendering the fruits of our actions/thoughts to the Divine.  That thru the practices one can kindle their inner light, fan the fire of truth, and find their answers by finding their connection to their true self. My life experience and study has led me to know this to be true.

Blessings upon All Beings who suffer. May we all find peace.


Ps: You are invited to attend the 500 Hr Transformation Yoga Therapy Training I offer in 2013. You will be eligible for dual credentialing with Yoga Alliance and IAYT, International Association of Yoga Therapy.

Aadil Palkhivala in Asheville, NC

Watch this video for an overview from Aadil, then join Aadil and myself at One Center Yoga March 22-24, 2013 for an insightful weekend in the practice and teaching of yoga! Clear out the cobwebs just in time for Spring!  We have several spaces left available, the cap is at 50 students so everyone will get lots of personal attention!

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Memory & Respect Between Species

In yoga we speak of the five functions of mind…deep memory being one. Elephants are known for their memory… Here is a courageous story of one man and the elephants who loved him. Lawrence Anthony, conservationist and author passed March 7, 2012.

“… For 12 hours, two herds of wild South African elephants slowly made their way through the Zululand bush until they reached the house of late author Lawrence Anthony, the conservationist who saved their lives.

The formerly violent, rogue elephants, destined to be shot a few years ago as pests, were rescued and rehabilitated by Anthony, who had grown up in the bush and was known as the “Elephant Whisperer.”

“A good man died suddenly,” says Rabbi Leila Gal Berner, Ph.D., “and from miles and miles away, two herds of elephants, sensing that they had lost a beloved human friend, moved in a solemn, almost ‘funereal’ procession to make a call on the bereaved family at the deceased man’s home.”

“If there ever were a time, when we can truly sense the wondrous ‘interconnectedness of all beings,’ it is when we reflect on the elephants of Thula Thula. A man’s heart’s stops, and hundreds of elephants’ hearts are grieving. This man’s oh-so-abundantly loving heart offered healing to these elephants, and now, they came to pay loving homage to their friend.” …..”

We are all connected, may we all awaken to that…. Namaste, Lillah

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Rhythm of the Universe -Hope Expressed

Greetings Friends,  I came across this you tube clip inspiring to watch. The first five minutes includes the bulk of it. Each generation has its own thrust…. may we see the Light soon! Read More…

Become a Yoga Teacher

Becoming a good yoga teacher begins with our practice. While on our yoga mats, we want to build awareness and learn to clear the channels, or Nadis. Using alignment and subtle action, we can create an experience of inner space and stability. Read More…

Morning Leg/Back Warm Ups – Part 4

Here is part 4 of this morning warm up series.

When you co-ordinate your mental intention, your breathe with the physical action, then you have real  power.

So remember to breath correctly while doing all your yoga poses.

This video teaches a great way to practice synchronizing your breath with movement.

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Yoga and the Organic Body, Morning Leg/Back Warm Ups – Part 3

Knowing how to make your back feel good is great.

Try these two poses and see what happens.

In these exercises we are toning the whole front body to observe the release of the back body.

Pay careful attention to what she says about the knee in the beginning of the video. Our goal is to make the body feel better and eliminate any pain, not cause pain. Careful attention to proper instruction is important in yoga.

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