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The Amazing Gliding and Sliding Joints

Happy Holidays and New Year This New Year take some pressure off of your joints. Joints benefit from healthy movement. They need to rotate  and GLIDE. Too often we aviod painful joint movement or try to exercise them into getting better. Both solutions have their place. The way you can tell if you are helping your joints is through understanding...

Bone Health: A Well Aligned Skeleton in Motion

Does your basic movement intelligence help or hinder your fitness? Research shows that bad posture and inefficient movement  predict how quickly you could find yourself in a nursing home. I don't want to see that happen any time soon and neither do you. A well aligned skeleton safely sustains all types of pressure, movements and vigorous activities that nourish bone growth...

Video: The Mountain Pose (Tadasana) from the pelvic floor

Donna Brooks E-RYT 500 Yoga Therapy and Movement Education teaching the basis for Tadasana and the vertical axis. A part of the Original Body Wisdom walking and gait clinic. Read more

Video: Simply Talking: Walking Clinic interview with Donna

Watch Donna discuss the benefits of an Original Body Wisdom Walking Clinic. Read more

Reflections on Teaching Yoga and Movement for Parkinson’s Disease

For the past three years I have had the very good fortune of teaching a Yoga and Movement for Parkinson's class out here in Hadley / Northampton Mass. I say good fortune because I get to watch courage, honesty and humility in action in every class. It also happens to be fun. My classes are meant to be soothing and...

Video: Yoga and Movement for Parkinson’s Disease with Donna Brooks

An introduction to Yoga and movement for help with Parkinson's Disease. Move better, faster, easier and with more confidence and balance. Read more

What’s up with Yoga therapy and why might I want it?

In my mind, Yoga therapy is the  process of liberating the natural intelligence of the body to reverse the aching, pain and limitations we feel from age, injury and misuse. Most of us struggle to correct imbalances and problems while never quite realizing that ease in our nervous system and muscles are key to living without pain and with pleasure....

The Simple Pleasure of Moving

When I was younger and felt strongly about mastering each Asana (posture) I encountered; I went for getting the postures "right" at the expense of pleasure I could have on the way. Don't get me wrong. Certainly, I enjoyed practicing Yoga. I still enjoy it. But I didn't experience it as pleasure exactly. I think, as westerners, we go for...

Why this Yoga Teacher cracks a bullwhip!

A BULLWHIP???!!!  Isn't that sexist, sexy, weirdly S&M or an obsession with a weapon? In any case, how could a Yoga teacher be interested in doing this? I mean, Isn't Yoga about serenity and all of that?  Or at least getting strong and flexible in a relaxed way. But it's definitely non-violent and of course calm. Ah, but Yoga and...