Prana Yoga Blog

April Teacher Feature – Tricia Fiske

By Libby Scanlan

Tricia Fiske

Tuesdays, 9:30am-11:00am – Hatha Yoga

Tricia Fiske is a teacher’s teacher. If you have the good fortune to find yourself in one of her classes you most likely will be practicing alongside any number of yoga teachers, most of whom have been taught at some point in their teacher training by Tricia herself. Indeed, her sphere of influence in the Chicago area is not small as she has been teaching, primarily in the western suburbs, since the late 90’s and teaching teachers through Prairie Yoga Teacher Training for over 10 years.


The Surprising Way Gentle Yoga Can Help You Lose Serious Weight

By Hillari Dowdle, Prevention

Jillian Pransky wasn’t always the calming, glowing presence she is today. Twenty years ago, the New Jersey-based yogi was as fired up by the corporate ladder as she was by the step classes and rigorous marathon training she subjected her body to. If it was hard, she was into it, and as a natural result, she was sometimes as stressed as the students who now flock to her slow-flow vinyasa and restorative classes. But working ferociously to maintain her weight stopped making sense once she discovered what scientists are just beginning to understand: Yoga—even the gentlest of styles—has an uncanny ability to make everything in life a little easier. Including weight loss. “I haven’t worried about my weight for over 10 years,” says the 46-year-old former marketing director turned international yoga teacher. “I see the same changes in my students.”


Tired of Toxins? How to Detox at Home

By Carrie Demers, Yoga International

Lately, I’ve been feeling sluggish, drowsy, and mildly depressed but I can’t figure out why. What’s wrong with me?

According to ayurveda, sluggishness, drowsiness, and depression are signs of low agni. Agni is the Sanskrit word for fire. It is generally used to describe our digestive fire, which resides in our solar plexus. Agni’s job is to help us digest and assimilate the nutrients in our food, and to support the cleansing organs, including the skin, liver, and kidneys, to move the waste out of our body. But agni is more than this. I like to think of it as a little potbelly stove—the center of our “house” (or body). Our digestion, as well as our immunity, vitality, and clarity of mind, depend on it.


DIY Yoga Mat Cleaner

By Coral Lee, Yoga International

Don’t want to pay $15 for a seven-pack of yoga mat wipes (aka glorified baby wipes)? Still waiting for your anti-microbial, bacteria-resistant, self-cleaning cork mat to arrive in the mail? Enter our favorite DIY, three-ingredient (okay, four including the bottle) mat spray.