Yoga Articles

Richelle’s in-depth yoga articles on a variety of engaging topics such as anatomy, alignment, and philosophy

Rehab Those Calves

A yoga teacher-colleague and I often engage in some good ol' Q&A. Some good information flows through these conversations and I'm happy to share this with all of you. Q: I have a calf question... I've been working on eccentric calf strengthening to treat my...

Cat/Cow… A Blueprint For Stability

The movements of the shoulder blade play an integral role in the stability of your core, but many of us have very stuck shoulder blades. Cat/Cow is a great way to mobilize AND strengthen this system to become a better foundation for all of the poses which bare weight in your hands. Read on for the breakdown, so you can build up your Cat/Cow.

First, Do No harm

Ahimsa. The very first tenet of the path of Raja Yoga. The first Yama. Do No Harm. Treat all life with respect, kindness, non-violence. Mightily espoused by yogis world-wide, and most commonly quoted as the fundamental reason yogis "should" be vegetarian, it is one of...

On Non-Grasping

The following is a clunky metaphor, to be sure. Don't think I'm not aware of it. But it is a picture I recently drew for a student caught up in the type-A push and pull of yoga practice: how to be patient and remain present in the process when all you want is the...

The Words We Use

As yoga teachers, we feel responsible for so much: safety, ego, emotional health, students getting what they think they need, getting students in the door...and that's just IN the studio. My own personal view: Start Small and Keep It Simple. A colleague of mine...

From Whence I Came

As I drove through Eastern Washington into North Idaho on Friday, I was overwhelmed with memory.  Not specific memories from my youth, but a visceral memory. The trees of the Inland Northwest are different than in the West.  The topography flows at a different rate,...

Youth Sports… What Does It Really Lead To?

In reading this article from the New York Times, I found myself making connections to both my practice of healing and my role in the Yoga community.  The article describes the competitive culture of youth sports, and the pressure by adults to perform, underscoring the...

About Richelle Ricard

About Richelle Ricard

The Yoga Engineer

I’ve been told with affection that I teach ‘eat your vegetables’ yoga. I think that is an apt description! As the Yoga Engineer, I am offering you the knowledge I’ve gained over 20+ years of study and practice in sports medicine, massage therapy, energetics, and yoga. My goal is to empower you and your practice through education and awareness.

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