Alina Prax

Alina has been an avid yogi for over 20 years. After completing her Sanskrit studies at the University of Texas-Austin, she traveled to northern India on a pilgrimage to various holy sites to celebrate. She holds a 300-hour yoga teacher certificate from Dharma Yoga, a Buddhist-based asana practice. Over the years, she has had the honor of studying with some inspiring teachers such as Richard Freeman, Shannon Gannon and the late Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. She is thrilled to be part of the Yogapedia editorial team, helping to craft beautiful and meaningful articles about yoga and the spiritual path.

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Spring Detox With Yoga and Meditation Spring Detox With Yoga and Meditation Spring Detox With Yoga and Meditation Spring Detox With Yoga and Meditation


Spring is the perfect time to for a mental and physical detox. Learn how to use a combination of yoga asanas, diet and meditation to purify...

6 Ways to Start a Yoga Practice at Home 6 Ways to Start a Yoga Practice at Home 6 Ways to Start a Yoga Practice at Home 6 Ways to Start a Yoga Practice at Home


Use these six home practice suggestions to get you motivated and inspired to start your own. Remember, a home practice can go far beyond...

3 Things You Must Do Before Teaching Your First Yoga Class 3 Things You Must Do Before Teaching Your First Yoga Class 3 Things You Must Do Before Teaching Your First Yoga Class 3 Things You Must Do Before Teaching Your First Yoga Class


You've completed your teacher training and you want to start teaching yoga. Now what? Do the following three things and you'll be set up...

Love Your Body Love Your Body Love Your Body Love Your Body


Learn to reclaim a positive relationship with your body through meditation, mindfulness and journaling practices.

The Healing Powers of Tulsi Tea The Healing Powers of Tulsi Tea The Healing Powers of Tulsi Tea The Healing Powers of Tulsi Tea


Tulsi tea is an ancient Ayurvedic healing elixir. Learn about tulsi tea's remarkable properties and why it is sometimes referred to as...

How to Make an Ayurveda-Approved Smoothie How to Make an Ayurveda-Approved Smoothie How to Make an Ayurveda-Approved Smoothie How to Make an Ayurveda-Approved Smoothie


Is your post-yoga smoothie ayurveda approved? Learn how to make your own ayurvedic smoothies with these three delicious recipes below.

How to Hold Proper Chaturanga Alignment How to Hold Proper Chaturanga Alignment How to Hold Proper Chaturanga Alignment How to Hold Proper Chaturanga Alignment


Proper alignment is crucial to preventing injury in yoga and even more so when practicing chaturanga dandasana. Learn about common...

How to Stay Hydrated Before and After Yoga How to Stay Hydrated Before and After Yoga How to Stay Hydrated Before and After Yoga How to Stay Hydrated Before and After Yoga


Staying hydrated is essential to our health on and off our yoga mat. Learn what to drink before, during and after yoga class to keep your...

Kintsugi Kintsugi Kintsugi Kintsugi


As human beings, we are all inherently imperfect. Learning to accept those around us just as they are is key to the Zen Buddhist precept of...

The 9 Drishti of Yoga The 9 Drishti of Yoga The 9 Drishti of Yoga The 9 Drishti of Yoga


By incorporating our drishti into our yoga practice, we gain greater balance, focus and stability, both in the physical practice of asana...

RAIN: A Technique for Mindfulness RAIN: A Technique for Mindfulness RAIN: A Technique for Mindfulness RAIN: A Technique for Mindfulness


RAIN is an acronym for a mindfulness technique that teaches us to get fully present with the strong emotions that arise. Learn this...

Vanquish Your Doubts With Faith Vanquish Your Doubts With Faith Vanquish Your Doubts With Faith Vanquish Your Doubts With Faith


Doubt is one of the 5 hindrances of reaching Nirvana. And we all have doubts; it's part of being a thinking human being. But what happens...

How to Deal With Feeling Overwhelmed How to Deal With Feeling Overwhelmed How to Deal With Feeling Overwhelmed How to Deal With Feeling Overwhelmed


When we feel overloaded, both our mental and physical well-being suffer. Learn what triggers these feelings of overwhelm and how to reframe...

Exhale Your Anxiety With These Mindfulness Practices and Breathing Techniques Exhale Your Anxiety With These Mindfulness Practices and Breathing Techniques Exhale Your Anxiety With These Mindfulness Practices and Breathing Techniques Exhale Your Anxiety With These Mindfulness Practices and Breathing Techniques


When we are feeling stressed or anxious, deep breathing can help restore our calm. Learn how to reclaim your inner Zen using a variety of...

Forget Happy, 'Be Content' Instead Forget Happy, 'Be Content' Instead Forget Happy, 'Be Content' Instead Forget Happy, 'Be Content' Instead


We all want to be happy yet how many of us ever get to a place where we feel happy all the time? No one does! That's because happiness...

Aversion Aversion Aversion Aversion


We've all been asked to do something we don't like. In these moments, we experience the feeling of aversion, or dvesha. Cultivating...

The Benefits of Ayurvedic Oil Pulling The Benefits of Ayurvedic Oil Pulling The Benefits of Ayurvedic Oil Pulling The Benefits of Ayurvedic Oil Pulling


Oil pulling is a natural way to ensure a healthy and happy smile. It has the added benefit of whitening your teeth and detoxing your blood....

A Tale of Unexpectedly Unplugging, Freaking Out and, Finally, Reconnecting With My Inner Wisdom A Tale of Unexpectedly Unplugging, Freaking Out and, Finally, Reconnecting With My Inner Wisdom A Tale of Unexpectedly Unplugging, Freaking Out and, Finally, Reconnecting With My Inner Wisdom A Tale of Unexpectedly Unplugging, Freaking Out and, Finally, Reconnecting With My Inner Wisdom


For the modern yogi, unplugging from technology can be a challenge. Find out how one of Yogapedia's editors managed to do it and live to...

Lion's Breath Lion's Breath Lion's Breath Lion's Breath


Are you scared to do lion's breath? Learn the power this breathing technique has to chase away negativity and you might find yourself...

Q&A by Alina Prax


What should I eat after yoga asana? What should I eat after yoga asana? What should I eat after yoga asana? What should I eat after yoga asana?


As yogis we want to lead a healthy lifestyle and that means eating foods that are mostly sattvic in nature. We do our best to avoid...


Curious about those round bruises all over Olympian Michael Phelps' back? It's cupping! Recently, many athletes, including yogis, have been...


There is an old Zen saying that goes something like this, “Open mouth, closed mind.”We can all benefit from knowing when to hold our tongue...


Creating a home altar is a fun and creative way to establish a sacred space in your home. A small home altar is a reflection of our...


A few years ago, I tore a tendon in my rotator cuff, which made it impossible for me to attend my weekly yoga classes. When I was finally...


According to Patanjali, the ancient yogic sage and author of the Yoga Sutras, the five kleshas are the characteristics we have as humans...

What is aversion? What is aversion? What is aversion? What is aversion?


In Hindu philosophy, the feeling of aversion is called dvesha and is considered one of the five kleshas, or afflictions, listed in...


Alignment can be defined as the optimal relationship between the bones of the body and its musculature that maximizes physical efficiency...


In India, the cow is considered a sacred animal. She is revered, honored and respected. Here are five reasons cows are considered holy.#1...

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