“Why You Eating Bugs?” she said

Dear Yoga Student, “Why You Eating Bacteria?” she said. It was my daughter. I explained *some* bugs are really good for your gut. They’re called probiotics (a.k.a. “good bugs”) and here’s what they do: *Starve off the bad bacteria by eating their food *Synthesize vitamins K and B *Reduce inflammation *Produce short-chain fatty acids to […]

Never Stop Stretching – Secret #7 of 7

Dear Yoga Student, Once, a yoga teacher really hurt me. I used to practice at this dingy old studio in the East Village in New York City where the head teacher was known for his strong adjustments. Hmm… I should have known better. I was in cobra pose and this teacher came up behind me, […]

Flexibility is Not Genetic – Secret #6 of 7

Dear Yoga Student, I don’t care if your mom is stiff… … or if your dad can’t touch his toes. Flexibility is not genetic! My older brother, Ryan, can drop down into the full side-splits (that’s impressive), while my younger brother, Mike, has a hard time touching his toes. Genetically, these two are 99.9% alike, […]

Raw Food for Flexibility – Secret #5 of 7

Dear Yoga Student, In 2002, I stopped eating. I lived in New York City at the time, and after returning from my first 10-day, silent Vipassana meditation course, I got off the subway in a daze and said, “Forget it!” Forget meat, forget dairy, forget booze, and forget cigarettes. I quit everything right there – […]

Yoga doesn’t work (usually) – Secret #4 of 7

Dear Yoga Student, Warning: this might shock you! Yoga classes, for flexibility, rarely work. Sad but true. Let me tell you why. In most yoga classes, you’ll practice 30-50 postures in 90 minutes. This means that you usually get less than 30 seconds per posture. I’m no math whiz, but I can tell you this: […]

Indian Food is NOT Yoga Food – Secret #3 of 7

Dear Yoga Student, In 2006, I spent 3 months in India studying yoga. I practiced with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, I spent time at the Sivananda Ashram in Kerala, and I met some really cool, old-school yogis at random temples and markets. I’ve traveled to over 20 countries, but India stands out as […]

Coffee Makes You Stiff – Secret #2 of 7

Dear Yoga Student, When I was 19, I worked at Starbucks on Park Row in downtown Manhattan. At first, I was really into the Carmel Macchiato, but after two months, I couldn’t drink the sweet stuff anymore. Made me sick. The staff mostly drank Americanos (espresso and hot water), but after a couple weeks on […]

Anyone Can Become Flexible – Secret #1 of 7

——————————————————————– 7 SECRETS OF NUTRITION & FLEXIBILITY #1 of 7: Anyone Can Become Flexible ——————————————————————– Dear Yoga Student, Let me tell you why I KNOW that anyone can become super flexible. In 2003, I met Jake, a former body-builder turned yoga student who showed me old pictures of himself. Jake used to have biceps like […]