3 tips to get into crow pose

General by Liz Eustace

Crow pose can be a challenging inversion for many yogis. Here are 3 tips to get you flying! 

Strengthen your core

Crow pose requires a strong core, so if you're struggling, be sure to also work on other poses that build your core muscles, such as boat pose. 

Get started with this Core Weight Loss Yoga sequence from Tara Stiles.

4 healing benefits of aloe vera

General by Liz Eustace

As a kid your mom probably used aloe vera on you after getting badly sunburned. But when we dug a little deeper, we found out that aloe can basically help treat ANY skin problem imaginable! Aloe is a cactus plant that contains a healing clear gel inside it’s leaves. It acts as a protective layer that helps your skin lock in moisture, therefore helping it to heal quicker. Aloe leaves and 100% natural aloe gel are great to keep in your home, especially during summer to help soothe minor cuts, burns and bug bites. 

5 vegan foodies to follow online

General by Ethical Ocean

Need some vegan cooking inspiration? Here are the top five vegan foodies that you can follow online. 

5 tips for throwing a big yoga event in your city


On June 21, Summer Solstice, Time Square is hosting their annual "yoga day." Over 10,000 people from around the globe will gather together to quiet their minds in the country's most chaotic location. 

Those of us on Team alignyo who will be in the city for the big event are pumped to be a part of it, but this event also prompted us to ask, why can't something like this happen in any city around the world? 

Yoga and… time to share


It’s time for your close-up alignyo readers. Tell us what yoga means to you and how you found the practice. We’re short (well, actually tall and short, from 5’1” to almost 6 feet!) over here – 150-200 words tops. We’ll publish the most inspiring stories with your picture here on our blog and on Facebook, where we have close to 200,000 fans. We want to hear from you about what yoga means to you.

Essential oils that keep bugs away

General by Charlynn Avery

Worried about bugs ruining your summer parties? Follow these directions on how to make your own all-natural room spray from aromatherapist Charlynn Avery to keep bugs away.

Summer is the perfect time for entertaining – the weather is nice, the days are long, and we feel a pull to the great outdoors. We can use our essential oils to help set the mood for entertaining (especially outdoors), and we can have a pleasant, aromatic experience that doesn’t include using harsh synthetics or chemical fragrances.

An epic yoga event - dare to dream


Imagine being surrounded by pillows from ABC Carpet and Home, taking a deep breath of a custom made 12:29 scent, a goal coaching clinic with lululemon and learning yoga from one of one of New York's most celebrated instructors Rima Rabbath. On June 1st, this fantasy will become reality. Check out “Glowing NOW!”, a one-of-a-kind, day long, yoga event where you’ll sweat, think, eat, drink, connect, and have a ball. 

Benefits of foam rolling for yoga

General by Blair Atkins

Many collegiate and professional athletes use foam rollers to recover from intense training sessions, and yogis can benefit from foam rolling just as much. Twisting your body in a way you haven't before and trying new poses can cause your muscles to tense up; using the foam roller keeps your muscles supple and allows for better recovery from especially challenging practices.

Radical Aliveness - interview Desiree Rumbaugh


We're always interested in 'the why' behind people coming to the practice of yoga. Sometimes it's strictly the physical need to heal or the mental desire to de-stress. There are however also, the moments of revelation which is what occurred when internationally acclaimed yoga instructor, Desiree Rumbaugh came to the practice 26 years ago. It was during a simple triangle pose that evoked an emotional release of tears which prompted her to delve deeper into the practice of yoga.