I was initiated into Paramahansa Yogananda’s Kriya Yoga in April 1983 at the Self-Realization Fellowship Temple in Phoenix, Arizona by Brother Achalananda.

I taught asanas (hatha yoga postures) at the Self-Realization Fellowship Boys Youth Program Camp for 12 years (2001 – 2012).

Since 1980 I have had ongoing classes, as well as yoga therapy sessions, here in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. During this time, I have had the opportunity to see all kinds of conditions improve and heal using the Science of Yoga. See Fibromyalgia Healed to read the story of Carol, who healed herself of a 20 year affliction with Fibromyalgia after the doctors told her that there was no cure for her condition.

My name is Norman Popovsky, aka: YogaNorman,  and I have been practicing and teaching yoga for more than 45 years.

Why YogaNorman?

Every now and then someone will ask me why I chose the name YogaNorman, instead of maybe one that would make more sense, like Yogi Norman. The answer is that I didn’t choose that name for myself.

About 35 years ago, when San Miguel de Allende, Mexico  was a much smaller town than it is now, the people living here created the names to more easily understand which Norman they were referring to. There where three Normans living here then. English Norman was an English professor from England. Ice Cream Norman, a Canadian, had an ice cream store. And, I, YogaNorman, an American, taught Yoga.

How I Became a Student of Yoga

Actually, I began practicing Hatha Yoga in 1968 on the advice of my two Black Belt Judo instructor brothers, Mike and George, in St. Louis, Missouri. I was 30 years old and had always wanted to study Judo, so when I moved to south St. Louis, I was very happy to find Judo classes a block and a half away at the South Side YMCA. Prior to this I had already participated in football, baseball, softball, basketball, wrestling, and swimming, but I was curious about and had never had an opportunity to practice martial arts. I enjoyed the flow and movements of Judo, and was very impressed by the number of flexibility exercises that we did. More than I could have imagined existed.

One day Mike called me over and said, “You are so stiff that it is difficult for you to keep the proper posture for some of the throws. You should practice yoga.”

” But, Mike,” I said, “I am getting a lot more flexible with this judo.”

Mike said, “Yoga is far superior than judo for flexibility.”

And that’s how I began my study and practice of  the Science of  Yoga.

In the years that followed I healed myself of two football injuries. I had hurt my  lower back when I was 17 in high school, and my neck at 19 in college.

With yoga I learned to relax more easily, I lost weight, and I slept better.

What’s Here for You?

In this blog I will talk about all the ways that yoga can be used by you to help you improve your health physically, mentally, and spiritually. And I am making this available to everyone for free.

I do have DVDs and CDs for sale, which you might use to help your practice of yoga, but I do not require that you purchase anything as a condition of using and benefiting from all the tools on this site.

See  http://slyoga.com/products/

Obviously, if you purchase my DVDs, you will help to support this blog.

However, there is another way to support this work that will cost you nothing.

After each article or post there is a “Comment” box. This is a place where, in addition to making a comment, you also may ask questions. Questions which pertain to problems common to many others will be given preference, as you might expect. However, there is a greater opportunity to help others.

If you share how yoga has helped you, there is a good chance that you will inspire others to practice, or to keep practicing and not give up.

I very much want to hear from you whose success with Yoga might inspire others.

Please feel free to ask questions and make comments, which will require you to sign in with your name and email address in order to prevent spam comments. Your email will not be posted on this blog nor will it ever be sold or otherwise distributed without your permission. I dislike spam as much as you do…Norm


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Lucia V.Goller February 6, 2010 at 1:10 pm

I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia several years ago. The doctor said that a very important part of the cure is to sleep well. I have trouble with insomnia. As far as I know, the only medicine for Fibromyalgia is Lyrica. I tried it , but the side effects were too bad for me. I was so dizzy with this medication that I could not get out of bed. Is there anything natural that could help to ease the overall pain and at the same time improve my sleep?

Norm February 7, 2010 at 4:15 pm

Hi, Lucia, Nice to hear from you.

I think that you have two conditions here, Fibromyalgia and Insomnia, that are actually interrelated in that each one affects the other. If you aggravate one condition, probably you will experience aggravation in the other. On the other hand, as you improve one of the conditions you will find improvement in the other.

One very obvious tool, which would improve both of your problems, would be to learn to relax better.

So how do you do learn to relax better? The method that will give you all the tools you need to learn to relax better as well as conquer your problems is the Science of Yoga.

Yoga is a complete system that will help you improve your flexibility, circulation, eliminations, breathing, strength, and concentration, which in turn will allow you to reduce pain, relax better, and heal.

Of course, Lucia, you will want some specific explanations and practices. So I am going to give you a testimonial from a lady who healed herself of Fibromyalgia. Stay tuned. I should have this published in the next two days. In the meantime, if you have other questions, or comments, please let me know.

Norm February 12, 2010 at 3:46 am


Finally, the post, Fibromyalgia Healed, has been published. Sorry to take so long.

I hope this helps.

Pete Hughes May 3, 2011 at 6:01 am

Hi Norm

I have just come across your interesting blog and am trying to download some of your youtubes as I write.

I have a question which I hope you could help with. I’ve been practicing ashtanga yoga for 12 years pretty consistently, about 4-6 times per week, depending with what’s going on in my life.

About 5 years ago I had my first medial menisectomy on my left leg and a year later another one on my right. The meniscus tore from too much pressure in lotus type postures.

I have backed a way a lot from lotus postures that put pressure on my knees but seem to keep aggravate my knee, perhaps doing further damage, even in extremely modified lotus versions.

What can you recommend in my practice and for my knees? Im 40 and the thought I having to have a knee replacement in the future is somewhat daunting.

Also, some people say, and I tend to believe, that my knee problems ultimately arise out of emotional issues. Do you have anything to say on this?

Thank you for your time and patience.


Norm May 3, 2011 at 10:10 pm

Hi Pete,

Welcome to my blog. It is interesting and timely to receive your comment now since I had just started an article, which I hope to publish this week, with the title, How Not to Hurt Yourself Doing Yoga. I think this article will be helpful to you.

In the meantime, I recommend that you practice with the free Videos and read everything on this site dealing with knee problems . This includes the “Comments” section after the articles, where you will find problems of others and the advice that I give. Especially read

1. Reduce and Heal Your Knee Pain and all of the “Comments.”

2. René’s Comment and my reply at the end of How Lemons and Limes Keep You Healthy

With regard to “Do your knee problems ultimately arise out of emotional issues?” I would ask you,

Why do you practice yoga?

How do you imagine that hurting yourself in yoga is going to help you achieve your goal?

What is yoga to you?

Why do imagine that you have hurt your knees so much for such a long time?

Why would you endure two knee operations and yet continue to hurt your knees?

Finally, don’t think about having a knee replacement. Think about learning how to heal your knees, learning how to practice yoga without pain, and using this experience as an opportunity for growth. Read How Alida Overcame the Pain & Spinal Misalignment of Scoliosis.

Please feel free to let me know how I can help you,

Aron B November 4, 2011 at 5:20 pm

Hello Yoga Norman!
You might find this a little weird, but I have been looking for you for several years. The first time I encountered yoga it was recommended to me by a friend whose mother had been a devotee with a spiritual group in San Diego. My friend handed me a video cassette with the hand written title “Heal your back now!”. Enthused but not convinced, it took me a couple weeks to actually try the video. My first trial with it was miraculous! I encountered this kindly older gentleman slowly guiding me through postures which would end up significantly improving my posture and sending me down a path changing my whole out look on life. Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond my control, the video was lost to me. However, my encounter with it would bring me into much greater contact with the yoga community. Since then, I have tried to track down another copy of the video or its author, and until today, I had been unsuccessful. I am so happy to have finally found you to be able to say thank you, your video was truly a life changer for me. Even since then, I have never been through a yoga class that felt as sincerely healing or effective as yours.
I am so glad that you are putting these exercises available to the community online. I experience that often yoga classes are not basic enough, or perhaps more accurately, general enough to help or attract the kind of people who genuinely need this kind of healing.
Unfortunately, in the last 2-3 years, I have kind of “fallen off the wagon” of devoting time to yoga. I pinched a nerve in my lower back during a class, and since then, have also been a rear end car accident. Although I do not consider my self disabled, I have constant pain in my lower back, and have lost a significant amount of lower back and hip flexibility. Also, I have returned to school, and I spend a lot of time at a lab desk or working under a microscope, and have a hard time sitting for long periods of time, which unfortunately, is often demanded of me. As well, this lower back pain builds up while I sleep and makes it so I rarely sleep through the night. Last night was fairly characteristic in that I was so uncomfortable by 2:00 a.m., that instead of tossing and turning and disturbing my partner, I just got up and started getting work done. I have to look at pricing, but I plan on buying one of your DVD’s. I don’t want to live in pain or feel like I am limited in the activities I can pursue because of how bad my back feels.
I appreciate you making this web page and I appreciate all the time and effort you have put into helping people heal themselves.
Thank you Norman,
Aron B

Norm November 10, 2011 at 6:05 pm

HI Aron B, I am happy to learn that you received the benefits from my video.

Your feedback helps me realize what is working. It also helps others to believe in their own self-healing.

I have just posted a video clip, Self-Heal Your Back Pain Yoga VIDEO Pt 1 that I think you might like.

This clip is taken from my Heal Your Back Now! DVD , which was the video you had access to in the past.

I think that even something as short as this 12 minute video clip will be of value if you practice with it.

Since you are in school, I am sure that you will welcome the relaxation that comes with yoga.

Please let me know if you would like me to help you with your healing.

Linda Schiffman February 21, 2012 at 4:09 pm

I just tried to send a long detailed email. It didn’t go through. Before I do it again, I’d like to see if this does, and can we communicate through regular email or if you have vonage, my number is xxx-xxx-xxxx. Coming to San Miguel March 23-April 1 with family and want to set up a introductory class for 7 people.

Linda Schiffman

Linda Schiffman February 21, 2012 at 4:10 pm

Not sure what “awaiting moderation” means.

Norm February 21, 2012 at 6:09 pm

Hi Linda,
“Awaiting Moderation” means that I have to approve a comment before it will post/publish. This is done to filter out spam.

I am sending you an email and we can go from there.

Alida Ruiz December 13, 2013 at 1:00 pm

Norm, I’m having terrible lower back pain. I think I better come back to your classes. Can you remind me what your address is please. I believe the street is Callejon Blanco or something like that
Alida Ruiz

Norm December 14, 2013 at 6:22 pm

Hi Alida,

Even though you purchased a Group Yoga 10 Class Package several years ago, I will still honor the unused classes, so you will not have to pay anything to take classes for a while. I look forward to having you back in class. I am sure you will reduce your back pain with the yoga classes.

Yoga classes are at the
Meditation Center,
Callejon Blanco #4,
just off of Quebrada, between Insurgentes and Canal.
10 to 11:15 AM, Monday, Wednesday, Friday
San Miguel de Allende, Gto., Mexico

Here is the link for more information:
Group Yoga Classes

Here is the link for more help on Back Healing with Yoga


Val August 24, 2015 at 7:29 am

Hi Norman,
I have just found this blog, and am very interested in starting regular yoga practice. I wonder if you could advise me on the best way to get started? I am very new to this and not sure where to begin. Is it possible to do from home without costing a lot of money? Any advice is appreciated.
Best regards, Val, Sydney Australia

Norm August 25, 2015 at 9:53 pm

Hi Val,
You came to the right place to get started. Yes, you can do this from home without spending a lot of money. In fact, you can practice yoga without spending any money by using all the free Videos and articles on this site. Since I have no idea of your age, fitness, health or finances, let me give you some options.

1. Try my free video clip: How to Stay in Shape With Very Little Effort: Yoga Sun Salutation-VIDEO.” If it feels good to you and you like it, you can download “Relaxing Hatha Yoga VIDEO” and begin practicing today. The cost of this complete yoga class is $12 US Dollars.

2. If you want something easier, and/or if you have back or joint pain, high blood pressure, tension, or if you want an easier, more relaxed preparation for practicing yoga, you can try the free three video clips, Self-Heal Your Back Pain Yoga VIDEO Pts 1, 2, 3. These clips are from my Heal Your Back Now DVD. An audio version can be downloaded here Heal Your Back Now! Audio MP3 for $7.50 US Dollar.

3. If you prefer not to buy anything, you are welcome to go use all the free video clips on my YouTube Channel at http://www.youtube.com/YogaNorman/

Please let me know I may help you further and thank you for commenting,
I wish you great success in your yoga practice.

Tim April 2, 2016 at 7:49 am

I have arthritis in my knees, hips and shoulders and I have lost a lot of flexibility. I practiced Yoga years ago but stopped. Do you have any suggestions on how I should get started back in Yoga, in a way that could help me regain some of my flexibility.

Norm April 2, 2016 at 3:07 pm

Hi Tim, There is a saying: The fastest progress in Yoga comes slowly. This means take your time and don’t try to hurry or force progress. To help you with this go to “How Not to Hurt Yourself Doing Yoga.” In addition to learning how not to hurt yourself, you will better understand how to alleviate any pain.

You can learn a lot about alleviating and reversing pain with my “Self-Heal Your Back Pain VIDEO Parts 1, 2 & 3”

For some inspiration from those who have practiced yoga to reduce and self-heal pain, see

How Linda Is Healing Her Arthritis with Yoga

How Carol Healed Herself of a 20 Year Affliction with Fibromyalgia

Please let me know if you have more questions,
I wish you great success in your self-healing with yoga,

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