Yoga Books to Inspire You!

Namaste Yogis-

I hope you are doing well! I am currently participating in a 30 Day Reels Challenge on Instagram. The prompt for today was to share your top books! There are so many books that I love so choosing just a few was a bit of a challenge for me. Since reels only give you 15 seconds, I thought you might like to look further into what these books are about!!

For Daily Inspiration:
Journey to the Heart by Melody Beattie This book has daily meditations for a whole year. Every time I share a reading from this book in a yoga class, someone always asks what book I was reading from! I love to turn to any page in this book when I need a little inspiration or pick me up!

To Help Live Your Best Life:
The Universe Has Your Back by Gabrielle Bernstein I dog-eared and highlighted so many pages of this book! If you are struggling right now or if you wanting to make a change in your life, this book is for you! Through universal laws, this book helps to guide you to your true purpose.

To Learn About the Yoga Sutras:
True Yoga by Jennie Lee If you are interested in living your yoga off the mat this book is a gem! There are many interpretations of the Yoga Sutras and I find this one to be the easiest one to understand. The end of each chapter has daily practices, questions for further reflection, and affirmations to post and remember. As a yoga teacher, I have referenced this book often to share information about the sutras with my students.

How Yoga Works by Gesne Michael Roach and Christie Mc Nally I think this is my all time favorite yoga books. This book is also explores The Yoga Sutras but through story. I actually thought this book was out of print but when I looked it up today, I was pleasantly surprised it is available! My copy is full of post-its and highlights from when I read it in 2010! I actually think I might re-read this book again now that I have it out. I am not one to reread books so that says a lot about how much I love this book! It will be interesting to see if 10 years later I would still be highlighting the same passages.

If you have a book to recommend or thoughts about any of these books, please comment below! I always love to hear from you!!!

Be Well,
🙂 Nicole

Monday Motivation: Have Fun Everyday!!!

Namaste Yogis!

I hope you had a good weekend! This weekend, I was reflecting on all of the challenges we have been faced with this year. The most recent being the wildfires which has kept many of us indoors due to poor air quality. Like many I’m sure, I have found this to be very frustrating since one of the things that has helped me cope with the pandemic is getting out for my walks and running the stairs. Because of the wild fires burning in California, I have not been able to get out for the past week or so. Needless to say, this is very frustrating but I am trying to make the best of it by practicing more yoga and moving my body in other ways without going outside.

This weekend, I was also reading, Super Attractor by Gabby Bernstein which is about methods to attract a life beyond your wildest dreams. One of the chapters is titled, Have Fun along the Way. As I was reading this chapter it reminded me of a dear friend and former coworker of mine, Mickey. Mickey passed away several years ago but was one of those people who everyone just adored. She was always so positive, upbeat, and always had the best advice if you needed it. Every morning when we would head off to our classrooms, she would say “ let’s go have some fun or have fun today!”. Mickey really did know how to have fun!

Towards the end of her life, Mickey had cards made (pictured above) that said, “Have Fun Everyday”. She passed them out to friends who came to visit her. I just loved this so much! As I continued to read my book, I had to stop and ask myself, “What would Mickey do if she was living during these times (what would Mickey do was also a question my former coworkers and I would ask in challenging situations when Mickey was no longer with us)? I know with certainty Mickey would be finding a way to have fun and she would be inspiring all of those close to her to be doing the same!

My point in sharing this story is to remind you that life is short and things may be challenging but we can still find ways to shine even in the darkest of days. It is my hope no matter what is going on in your life you can….


To Mickey…. I love you, think of you often, and know you are still inspiring me today!!! XO

Please let me know in the comments below what are some of the things you are doing to have fun everyday!!
Be Well Yogis!


What’s Up Wednesday: Gentle Back Extension Poses

Namaste! It’s hard to believe it is already Wednesday with the holiday on Monday! I hope you had a great Labor Day! It was so hot where I live, I honestly did nothing except teach a great class in the morning!

This week I am focusing on back extension poses or backbends. In order to maintain the health of our spine, we want to make sure we are moving the spine in all of the ways it is meant to move….these are flexion (e.g., forward fold), extension (e.g., backbend), rotation (e.g., twist), and lateral flexion (e.g., side bend). As someone who has had back issues in the past, I am always very careful when backbending especially since my thoracic spine has limited mobility.
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What’s Up Wednesday: Poses for the Quadriceps

Namaste! How did it get to be September already?? I hope your week is going well!

This week in my classes, I am focussing on the quadriceps. The quadriceps are made up of four muscles. These four muscles are extensor muscles that help extend the knee. The quadriceps help us to walk, run & jump so it goes without saying, we need to take care of them! In my personal practice, I know I am working the quadriceps often as I almost always incorporate lunges into my practice, but it is not often I remember to do poses that help stretch these muscles.
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Yoga in Pajamas: Super Supported Bridge

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TGIF! I hope you have had a good week! A few weeks back I posted a Supported Bridge Pose here.
If you liked that pose, you are going to love this one with extra support. The extra bolster or pillows gives your back extra support and opens up the front of the body
front of the body even more, which allows the breath to flow a little more freely. My clients who I share this pose with absolutely love it!  So, give it a try and let me know what you think in the comments below!
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What’s Up Wednesday: Poses for Tight Hamstrings

Happy Hump Day Yogis! I hope you are hanging in there with all of the things that are going on in our world. I know there is added stress for those school-age children trying to navigate the on-line learning situation. As a former school teacher, my heart goes out to all of you in that situation.

I have decided to focus my class this week on the hamstrings. Many of the poses we do in yoga incorporate the hamstrings and many people have restrictions in their hamstrings which make these poses a challenge. Poses for the hamstrings are important for those with low back pain as oftentimes those with low back issues have tight hamstrings. I wanted to share these poses with modifications in hopes it will be helpful for those of you who need it.
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Yoga in Pajamas: Supported Frog Pose

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Happy Friday! I hope have had a good week! If you have been taking my classes this week, then you know we have been working on poses for the hips. This pose, is perfect to allow for a gentle opening in the hips in a very supportive way.

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What’s Up Wednesday?: Strength & Mobility for Hips and Glutes

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Hi Yogis! I hope you are doing well and staying safe! Where I am in the San Francisco Bay Area, we are dealing with fires. Fortunately, they are not close to where I am, but the air quality is very poor. My Dad lives in the Sierra Foothills and had to be evacuated due to a fire close to him. Thankfully, he is safe and I hope he will get to be back in his home soon. Sending all of you much love and light for whatever circumstances you may be dealing with. These days it is always something! We are strong and we will persevere!!
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Legs Up the Wall

Yoga in Pajamas: Legs Up the Wall

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Happy Friday Yogis! I hope your week has gone well and you are ready to treat yourself to a relaxing weekend! If you need some help getting started with your weekend, let me help you! The rest pose I have for you this week is Legs Up the Wall also known as Viparita Karani. If you have done this pose, you know how great it is and if you haven’t then trust me you need to try it!
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What’s Up Wednesday: Core Exercises

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Hard to believe it is Wednesday already! Time keeps flying by! This week I have some great core exercises for you. You already know how important it is to have a strong core: in order to have better balance and stability, support to bend down, to lift things up, to rise from the floor, and other functional movements.
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