1. Heart Centered Yoga and Meditation in 2012

    This post is from my 2012 New Year’s message to my students. Dear Student, I hope you are well and enjoying your holiday season. I am always aware that without you I would not have the opportunity to do what I so enjoy doing. Thank you for your enthusiasm and support. This has been a year of change for me and my teaching practice. Because of your interest I have expanded my Posture and Yoga The…Read More

  2. Creative Edge Yoga, LLC in Guilford, CT – Learn to Breathe for Stress Relief

    Welcome to this website and blog. I am Alan Franzi, a Yoga Teacher, Therapist and practicioner for over 25 years. I am excited to use this space to support your inquiry and exploration of yoga, meditation and the healing arts as your progress along the path of yoga, wellness and growth. So with this resolve and my strong intention to serve you, I begin this website and blog. I hope find it informa…Read More

  3. Exploring Comfort and Joy at the “Edge” in Yoga and Meditation

    “Your skill in yoga has little to do with your degree of flexibility or where your edges happen to be. Rather, it is a function of how sensitively you play your edges, no matter where they are….The practice becomes one of being relaxed and willing at your deeper edges; and this isn’t necessarily easy.” Erich Schiffman The holiday season here in the New Haven and Connecticut Shoreline areas…Read More

  4. Letting Go of Limits, How Posture Therapy Works

    It is common for people to come to my classes or consult with me privately about a physical pain or diagnosis they may have received. Usually it is validated by X-rays, MRI’s and other compelling diagnostic evidence. In the absence of a true medical disease,  I have often found over the years that these  problems are often  the effect of musculoskeletal  imbalance and resulting  postural mi…Read More

  5. Letting go of the Struggle, Reconnecting with Our Instincts in Yoga and our Lives

    My beloved child, break your heart no longer. Each time you judge yourself, you break your own heart. You stop feeding on the love, which is the wellspring of your vitality. The time has come. Your time. To live. To celebrate, and to see the goodness that you are… Do not fight the dark. Just turn on the light. Let go, and breathe into the goodness that you are. By Swami Kripalu: Most people are …Read More

  6. A Pause to Refresh

    “Oftentimes, one strips oneself of passion[meditation}     In order to see the Secret of Life; Oftentimes, one regards life with passion,     In order to see its manifest results. These two (the Secret and its manifestations)     Are (in their nature) the same; They are given different names     When they become manifest. They may both be called the Cosmic Mystery: Reaching from …Read More

  7. Some Reflections on the “Tao” on a Snowy October!?! Morning in Branford

    This is an excerpt from my New Year’s letter to my Yoga students from 2009. The Tao te Ching, written over 2500 years ago by the sage Lao Tzu, has long been an inspiration and a guide of sorts to me in my practice, teaching and therapy work. “…Yogis believe that  all are benefitted when we as individuals work to deepen our relationship with the “I” that is ”We”; reconnecting to …Read More

  8. It Takes a Virtual Village…

    To help us become more flexible and fit, to relieve stress and relax, and to stay actively engaged with things that challenge us and ask we move toward positive change. So now I  am being drawn into the new world of social media in a way I hope will be of service and support to all those interested in the practices of Yoga, meditation and the wellness and healing arts. To create a virtual villa…Read More

  9. Overcoming Limits at the “Edge” in Yoga

    “Balance arises when  we enter with mercy and awareness areas that have been withdrawn from in fear  and anger. Healing is a rehabilitation of the deserted areas of the mind/body, a living of our whole life.”  Stephen Levine “Your skill in yoga has little to do with your degree of flexibility or where your edges happen to be. Rather, it is a function of how sensitively you play your edges…Read More

  10. The Road Goes on Forever…and That’s a Good Thing

    “All my life I never really knew me till today, Now I know I’m just another step along the way.” From “You Can Never Go Home” by Justin Hayward of the Moodie Blues (an ancient Rock band for those not of my generation:) I am always hesitant to use popular music quotes in my writing because of the fear that it will trivialize things a bit. The above title (in part from “Midnight Rider…Read More