Origin of the Asanas

Yoga is a complex practice that has touched the lives of a countless number of people. The definition of the term and its traditional meaning is to completely know yourself, or the union of becoming One. Though yoga is practiced by millions of people today, many yogis don’t know the origins of their favorite postures or even the practice itself.


A Deeper Look at the 8 Limbs of Yoga

More than just postures, set into a sequence, followed by savasana (corpse pose), Yoga is complex. It weaves together inner and outer disciplines, physical practice, and breath work while guiding us […]

Spring Detox: Daily Routines to Optimize Health

Spring is here! Birds are chirping, snow is melting, and the sun is shining. Time to start Spring Cleaning of You! This is a great time to clear out stagnation, reset the body and mind, and create fertile ground for new growth and abundance.

Our intention creates our reality. Wayne Dyer

Your Future Self: Setting Intentions for 2017

Yoga teacher Caitlin Renz provides two practices for you to start your new year off in the right direction. By applying these simple daily practices, you can make this the best year yet!

Upcoming YogaChats in November #yogachat

Connect with yogis from all around the world! Join in our #yogachat at 10am PST every other Friday or just tweet with the hashtag #yogachat at any time to join in the yoga chat and meet other yogis.

I am my own guru

Yoga, An Inner Guru and You

I may never make it to a high mountain in Tibet to sit in the presence of a cross-legged spiritual master. Yet, with this one phrase during yoga class and a different perception of an underused vocabulary word, I was offered my own mountain top to become the student of a wild haired, brilliant and sacred teacher.

The Dark Side of the Yoga Mat

On occasion my yoga practice turns into a messy throw down with an evil, two headed, mutant monster. I am surprised by the practices that go from a simple intention […]

Yoga for back and joint pain, and a few food quips

Chiropractor and yogi Erika Putnam shares why a yoga practice is essential to healthy joints and mobility. “All joints must move through a particular plane with relative ease. The more restricted the motion of a joint, the less motion is allowed, thus decreasing the health of that joint. Think of joints like…”

Finding your way hOMe

One very cold, very dark, and very early morning in January, I crawled out of my bed and slipped on the clothes I had laid out the night before. I […]

Dharma and the Nine Distractions

Master yogi Debbi Murphy shares the 9 distractions that prevent us from living our dharma. She provides several questions for you to ponder and then journal and meditate upon, to help you discover and ignite your passion.

Living With Intention

Every New Years thousands of people worldwide create a resolution for themselves for the year to come. This “goal” is usually set around health and happiness and may include shedding […]

Selfless Service: How can I help you?

This time of year is filled with delicious meals surrounded by family and friends, decorations and lights, and gift giving. Many of us get wrapped up in the cycle of […]

3 Steps to Creating a Home Practice

In October of 2014, I attended a workshop that focused on developing a sustainable home yoga practice. There where students ranging from 19-67 years of age and we all created […]

Feather Shaped Forgiveness

Forgiveness. A word that instantaneously tastes bitter on my heart. When I was invited to write about forgiveness, I knew it was calling me. Despite every nerve ending that preferred […]

Forgiveness Begins Within

As I sit on my mat, soles of my feet pressing together, knees floating above the ground, my hips trying to release some deeply-held tension, I bow down over my […]

A Bump in the Road

After listening to the Buddhist monk Jack Kornfield describe ‘Labeling the Thoughts’ as a meditation, I decided to try it for myself.  As I move through life, I am constantly […]

Courage: The Heart of the Matter

It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are. E.E.Cummings Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage. Anais Nin Most of us think Courage is […]

Santosha: Root to Rise with the Five B’s

Like the lotus, live joyfully among the sorrows of the world. Parmahansa Yogananda Last week as I sat down to write about Santosha, I was side-tracked by the dramatic news story […]

The Journey to Contentment

For most of us, when we think of contentment, we picture something like a beach, a cozy cabin, a warm fire, being surrounded by loved ones, or completely alone, but the […]

Five Steps to Living Your Truth

Satya is a Sanskrit word meaning truth or reality.  Patanjali refers to it in verse 2.28 of the Yoga Sutras as the second of the five Yamas – a list […]

Truth: We are Love

Last month, I discussed the difference between authenticity and truth. Authenticity is “the truth of bearing who you are”, I said. It’s the work of diving deep, peeling off layers […]

Finding Your Purpose: The Story of Bharadvaja

The Story of Bharadvaja  (bah-ROD-va-JAH) The yoga pose bharadvajasana is a seated twist named after the sage Bharadvaja. Bharadvaja was a devout scholar who studied the Vedas (ancient Hindu philosophical […]

Yoga Cues & Quotes: Authenticity

Quotes on Authenticity  Why, when we know that there’s no such thing as perfect, do most of us spend an incredible amount of time and energy trying to be everything […]

Alchemy & Authenticity

I would like to invite you on a journey. A journey that explores your own authenticity.  A journey that explores the potential for alchemy in your life. Our theme here at […]

Balance: It’s all about the Swing

Master teacher Debbi Murphy shares insights on finding balance. “Our own elegant physiology also reflects the importance of balance. Every move we make, every breath we take is a biological drive towards homeostasis, equanimity.”

Best Yoga Advice I’ve Received

Yogis share the best advice they ever received as a yogi. Join Darla Brown of ShareYoga.com and her friends, and share your best yoga advice with our community of yoga writers.

10 Simple Ways to Detox

Overall wellness hinges on a dynamic balance of web-like interconnections, but it doesn’t have to be complicated. The human body is a fully interconnected organism, nothing working in isolation, and […]

March 2015: Simplicity

Our theme for the month of March is “Simplicity”. As I was sitting here contemplating on the meaning of simplicity and how simplicity applies to our yoga practice and our […]

How to Ride a Crocodile

Ganesha is often called the Remover of Obstacles, but if you look deeper into his story, you will see that he can also put obstacles in your path. So a […]

Share Yoga’s Top Blog Posts of 2014

We’ve rounded up our most popular blog posts of 2014 and highlighted our amazing contributors consisting of yoga teachers, authors, nutrition experts and more!

Seva & You: How to Be of Service #yogachat

What is seva? “Seva” is a Sanskrit word meaning “selfless service” or work performed without any thought of reward or repayment. In ancient India seva was believed to help one’s […]

Yoga & Music: Let Your Heart Sing #yogachat

This Friday on Yoga Chat we will be talking to one of our favorite yoga teachers, Julian Walker. Julian is well known for his ability to incorporate music as part of his teaching style. He skillfully and effectively creates playlists that let your heart sing while you experience a more profound mind body connection

3 Mudras Perfect for the Holidays

A lot of times during the holidays, we lose space to practice. Either we’re traveling and there’s literally no time or room to do a full asana practice, or we just get exponentially busier. That’s where these mudras come in!

Yoga for Freedom from Body Image

Yoga for Freedom from Negative Body Image Workshop

Have you ever wanted to go to a yoga class but decided not to because of how you feel in yoga clothes? Honestly, I have. Despite my best efforts to NOT care what others think of me, I’ll admit, my mind (when left unchecked) has caused me to succumb to its insecurities.

Savasana: On the Importance of Resting Well

What happens when you don’t rest? You don’t digest. You don’t heal. You don’t give your body a chance to say – phew, finally a minute where I can look around and take stock of what needs to be fixed

Finding the Right Yoga Teacher

Want to practice Yoga but don’t know how to pick a Yoga teacher right for you? This “CALM” check list will help you to find the right Yoga teacher for you.

The Yoga of Conversation: Speak from the Heart

I’ve decided to become good at conversation. You know what Larry King says about that? He says the best way to be good at conversation is to be interested. And interesting. Hmmm. What makes […]

Detox 411

Put aside what you know or think about the nutritional detox, just for a bit, so we can take a deeper look at what it actually is. It’s confusing for […]

Eat Breathe Thrive Los Angeles – Free Webinar #ebtla

Are you interested in learning more about how yoga can help improve your relationship with your body? Are you tired of our culture’s emphasis on the way you look instead of the way you feel? Are you a mental health professional that works with clients with disorganized eating? Do you want to feel good about your body and stop worrying about how you look? Watch this brief webinar and learn more!

Yoga And Eating Disorders: My Story

I’m no expert on eating disorders, but I had one.   It wasn’t anorexia, or bulimia, or binge eating, orthorexia, body dysmorphia – it was all of those and more. […]

Meditation for Better Parenting

  The gurgles of the baby, that innocent smile, the little hand that beckons and the tongue that rolls out a sound , ‘Mumma’ …’papa’. Yes! Parenthood is a delightful […]

7 Very Shareable Quotes on Breath

Check out these 7 very shareable quotes on breath and pranayama from TKV Desikachar, Max Strom, Sylvia Plath, Rodney Yee, and more!

Food: The First Yoga

Food is alchemy, transmutation, the seemingly magical process of transformation, creating life from life. It is a true uniting of forces, an integration, a Yoga. Ancient sacred practices abound with […]

4 Yoga Tips for Beginners

Yoga positions and the practice of yoga can be beneficial to your mind, your muscles, and even internal functions like your digestive system. With so many benefits, it is no […]

19 Yoga Tips for Travel: Why Stress When You Can Stretch?

Modern travel takes a toll on the body and spirit as it frequently involves unnatural hours of sitting, standing and waiting, maneuvering oneself and baggage through massive crowds, disorienting time zone changes, and helpless dependency on events outside of our control.
But here is where yoga comes in…

I’d Say Surfing is Yoga

How is surfing yoga, you might be wondering. They couldn’t be more different, you might be saying. Friends, allow me to guide you through an arbitrary exposition of how surfing is totally yoga.

5 Tips to Take Your Smoothie to the Next Level

Smoothies are AMAHZING. Want to make them even better?! Check out these tips for improving flavor and texture – two key smoothie elements (whilst amping the nutrition factor – it’s […]

Yoga & Community: Finding your kula #yogachat

Kula: A Sanskrit word that means community. Specifically, a community of the heart, a group coming together of its own free will. An intentional community, a family. You know the […]

This week on #yogachat: Gratitude & Yoga

Join us Friday May 9th as we discuss “Gratitude and Yoga” on our bi-weekly yoga chat on Twitter (Go here #yogachat). Questions to consider for this week’s topic: Is gratitude […]

Creating Balance between Mind, Body and Spirit

Yoga is an ancient science that aims to create a balance between the body, mind and spirit, thereby curing physical mental and spiritual disorders that are caused by this imbalance. […]

3 Most Common Road Blocks for a Thriving Yoga Career

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Share Yoga’s friends Justin Michael Williams and Karen Mozes. From time to time, we share opportunities that we feel coincide with our readers’ interests. See Justin’s bio […]