The Fifth Chakra

The fifth chakra is the locus of communication.

When this chakra is in balance, you can easily convey your needs to loved ones. Your deep desires are heard, and understanding prevails.

Location  The throat

Color  Blue

Seed Sound (Bija Mantra) HAM

Element  Ether


  • communication
  • sound
  • language
  • song
  • listening & hearing
  • sharing & expression

When in balance

  • You know your needs and can readily communicate them.
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Love you, Dad

Dear friends,

What a harrowing week it has been. If my countenance in this week’s practice does not look particularly chipper, it’s because I forced myself to the mat while I traveled to and from the ICU where my father was admitted this past Tuesday morning.… Read more

My Labor & Delivery Story: An Exercise in Releasing Expectation

Hey there.

I’m writing on a personal note today to share the story of how my little family came to be. It’s not a yogini’s mystical tale of a birth so magical it bordered on orgasmic. It’s not even what you might call a “positive birth story,” except that, in the end, my baby landed on my chest healthy and oh-so-loved — so in that way, it’s positive beyond measure.… Read more

Spotlight on Hip Flexors: Why They Matter

Hip flexors get a lot of attention in yoga classes, and rightfully so. But why is it so important to work with them?

Before we go there, let’s square away exactly what we’re talking about. The hip flexors are the muscles that run across the front of your hip, connecting your torso and your thighs.… Read more

I’m Having a Baby!


Hello friends,

I’m writing today on a pretty personal note just to share that my partner Joe and I are expecting a baby! We are elated, and we expect our little munchkin to arrive somewhere around the end of January or early February, 2019.… Read more

Handstand Tips – Answers to the questions you’ve asked

Here’s a post answering some of the questions you’ve asked about handstand.

Handstand Tips

Where do I gaze? 

Draw an imaginary line between your pointer fingers and envision at dot right at the middle. This gaze point is neutral enough to not strain your neck but forward enough to keep your body aligned over your hands, something that takes practice.… Read more