Samantha Dublin

Lower back pain? Here are 3 great poses for you!

Raise your hand if you or someone you know suffers from lower back pain. I bet a lot of you raised your hand. It is one of the more common complaints that I hear from yogis and non-yogis. It is usually followed up with the question, “Which yoga poses do you recommend for lower back pain?” Below are my top 3 yoga poses for easing lower back pain: 1. Cat-cow pose (Marjaryasana – Bitilasana) Start … Read More

What is your yoga type?

Disclaimer: This is NOT a Buzzfeed quiz where you answer a bunch of questions then “BAM, here’s the perfect type of yoga for you!!” But I know a lot of people who wish there was one  (an accurate one anyway) because the question I get asked the most is – what type of yoga should I practice? One of the obstacles to getting started in yoga is not knowing what type of yoga is right … Read More

12 ways to have a good day

You know that perpetually upbeat person who greets you with an obnoxious “Make it a nice day!”? And then you add not kicking that person to your list of personal successes? Well, he (or she) may have a point. Bad or unpleasant things happen that can ruin our day. We can’t entirely control our environment but there are ways we can make it easier on ourselves – just little things that we can do, along … Read More

Resolutions vs. Intentions

I know it’s January at the gym without looking at a calendar. How? Because last Saturday my Spinning class was packed. Some faces were familiar but there were a lot of new ones. At the gym the classes are busier and everyone is excited to be there. It’s like the first day of school! (Except unlike school, some drop out after a month or two.) As fitness instructors, we love this time of year. We … Read More

Standing tree – schmanding tree – why does it matter?

When someone finds out I am a yoga teacher, the response is almost always, “Oh, yoga! I can do yoga!” and he (or she) strikes his version of tree pose (aka Vrksasana). Often with hysterical results. It doesn’t matter. I appreciate the effort to connect. But have you ever wondered what all the hype was surrounding yoga? Why celebrities like Jennifer Aniston and Adam Levine are lovers of yoga? The truth is there are many … Read More

Building communities one yoga class at a time

Communities take time to build. And sometimes it organically starts when two people with similar interests come together. When Joy Andrews walked into my new yoga class at the Gold’s Gym in downtown Silver Spring she did not know that it was my first class. EVER. She did not know that I was fresh off of yoga teacher training. She did not know that I was terrified. That first class was the longest 60 minutes … Read More

Sam’s story: when yoga comes for you…

Yoga was the answer to the question I didn’t know I was asking. At the time that I discovered yoga I was looking for something. Something different. Something that would help. I don’t want to imply that everyone who practices yoga is broken but then again is there anyone out there who isn’t a little broken? I knew yoga existed. But I didn’t know much about it and I didn’t care. I wasn’t the type … Read More