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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.
Dear Willow: I'm Uncomfortable With Pelvic Exercises
The lower core muscles attach at the pelvis and pubic bone. Touch them. If you want to be able to control and strengthen these muscles you first need to build your awareness of them.
Dear Willow: How Do I Strengthen My Weak Leg?
I’ve been an athlete for years and have problems gaining strength in my right leg. What poses or exercises would you recommend to strengthen and balance between the two sides?
Dear Willow: How Do I Choose?
Whether it be a career choice or something like choosing a new gym, there are pressures in our lives that can keep us from following our true desires. Willow offers tips on navigating these waters.
Dear Willow: How Do I Write a Personal Mantra?
This week a reader asks Willow how to write a personal mantra to help her stay focused and positive following a relationship breakup.
Dear Willow: Should I Eat Meat or Not?
I currently eat meat and have been thinking about turning vegetarian or vegan. What are your thoughts? What is the right way to eat in this regard?
Dear Willow: What Is Forrest Yoga?
Dear Willow: I’m relatively new to the yoga scene and I read in many of your articles about your experience with a style called Forrest Yoga. What exactly is this and how do I learn more?
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