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Dear Willow: What Style of Yoga Is Best For Me?

The best style of yoga for one person isn't the best for everyone. Willow offers advice on choosing a style of yoga that offers physical and mental challenges for your specific personality.

Dear Willow: Can You Give Me Tips on Camel Pose?

This week we talk through camel pose and how learning to build this pose up slowly can make your breathing more effective throughout the day. And therefore possibly you'll be more effective, too!

Dear Willow: Should I Set My Feet Free and Go Barefoot?

I need help with my feet when I run. I am wearing minimalist shoes, but my knees still ache. What does it mean to have active feet? What else can I do to strengthen and heal my feet and knees?

Dear Willow: Is Yoga Just a Trend or Is It Worth Doing?

Yoga has been around for thousands of years, but is it just a trend in the Western world? And does it matter if it's a trend - maybe it's still worth exploring and practicing? Willow weighs in.

Dear Willow: Which Breathing Should I Use in Yoga?

I am working on my yoga breathing - when should I use alternate nostril breathing and when should I use Surya Bhedana? Are there particular benefits to these types of breathing?

Dear Willow: How Do I Fit In At My Gym?

I'm a 17-year-old who just joined a CrossFit gym. Everyone is older than me and I'm having a hard time getting into the community. Can you give me advice on fitting in?

Dear Willow: I Am Afraid of Handstands - Help!

I am wondering how to get over the fear of doing handstands in yoga. I'm feeling my "inability" to do a handstand is not a physical limitation, but rather, it is only a fear that holds me back.

Dear Willow: Help My Tight Hamstrings!

I have always been plagued by extremely tight hamstrings. I can barely bring my leg perpendicular with the floor under my own power. What can I do to improve this? Can you help me?

Dear Willow: Need Help With Warrior One

Dear Willow, I struggle in Warrior One. What is the deal with heel-to-heel alignment? Why can’t I get my hips square and my ankle to stop hurting in Warrior One?

Dear Willow: Will Crow Pose Break My Arms?

This week a reader asks if Crow pose is safe for the arms. Has anyone ever broken their arms while practicing Crow?

Dear Willow: How Do I Unlock My Hips?

I've often heard that tough pain/emotion/stress/hard experiences are held in the hips. Can you further elaborate on the hip situation? How does this happen? Why is it the hips?

Dear Willow: My Friends Think I Joined a Cult

Whether it's yoga, CrossFit, or the RKC, sometimes friends and family see your health practice more like a "cult." Willow helps one of our readers navigate how to handle this situation.

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