1. Taking Yoga for a Walk

    Smile, breathe and go slowly. ~Thích Nhất Hạn Perhaps the most powerful ingredient in the “recipe” for stress management offered by the practice of Yoga is the reliance on breath to transform the physical and mental response to stress itself. Breath is the biochemical fuel for respiration, and according to Yoga is the source of prana, our subtle vital energy. Because it is always with us…Read More

  2. The Magic Of Breath Control-Pranayama Practices for Balance and Health

    Yogis have long recognized the power of nostril breathing that was discussed in the previous post and have developed numerous powerful practices to harness this power to very specific aims. According to Yoga, when we are in good health, roughly every two hours our breathing pattern shifts in which one nostril is dominant and that quality of mind will dominate at that time. When we are ill or str…Read More

  3. More on Getting started Being Present

    Mindfulness meditation and awareness practices have been at the root of the teaching and therapeutic work here over these last 28 years. Now more than ever, these practices are being adapted and integrated into many disciplines of personal growth and healing. Recently several fellow New Haven/Shoreline teachers and therapists had the opportunity to contribute our thoughts on the growth of mindfu…Read More

  4. Take a Moment…Take a Breath to Destress with the Yoga of Mindful Breathing

    "When the breath wanders the mind also is unsteady. But when the breath is calmed the mind too will be still, and the yogi achieves long life. Therefore, one should learn to control the breath."  Svatmarama, from the Hatha Yoga Pradipika So many of those interested in Yoga practice arrive hopeful they reduce the level of stress in their lives. As so many practitioners can attest, this can be the…Read More

  5. A Deeper Healing Through Yoga, Movement and Meditative Therapies

    Yoga Therapy as Your Deeper Solution In my previous post I outlined some very basic ways to avoid the pitfalls many experience in the beginning of their search for a Yoga class that is right for them. Here we address more significant concern as it relates to those who are sensing or have been suggested to that Yoga, Meditation or another allied wholistic practices may be part of a plan to most e…Read More

  6. Getting Back Your Best Self with Yoga in 2017

    The New Year is upon us and for so many of us it is the time for re-setting goals and intentions for our self-care. Last year at this time I invited you to “Resolve to Evolve in 2016”. Now the question might be “How Goes the Evolution”? Please don’t be dismayed or discouraged if you don’t even remember what your resolutions were last year. With or without formal resolution our work i…Read More

  7. Focus To De-stress: Four Simple Steps to Cultivate Concentration for a More Powerful Mind and Peaceful Self

    With so many busy and stressful lives, meditation and mindfulness are very hot topics right now in the Yoga community as well as mainstream mental health, psychotherapeutic and medical worlds. As anyone who has practiced meditation for any length of time may attest, the hype is warranted. Also, more and more research is showing that the benefits of practice on mental and physical well-being is cle…Read More

  8. Yoga’s Solution to Resistance and Stress to Live a More Graceful Life

    Once we truly know that life is difficult-once we truly understand and accept it-then life is no longer difficult. Because once it is accepted, the fact that life is difficult no longer matters.” - M. Scott Peck, The Road Less Traveled: A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values, and Spiritual Growth “Stress is resistance to what is” -A common Yogic understanding of the deepr roots of Stre…Read More

  9. Join the Evolution

    “The Only Thing That Is Constant Is Change” Heraclitus For Those new to Yoga and those who have been practicing in some manner throughout their lives it can become clearer that practices change over time. This is not simply a reflection of greater skill in attaining the physical poses or mediative skills but in how these practice might change to meet our needs at any given time. Every stage of…Read More

  10. Meditation for a Calm Heart

    This Kundalini Yoga practice is adapted from Meditation as Medicine by Dr Dharma Sing Kalsa, Page 218 ****This is presented here for educational purposes only. Don’t hold the breath as described in this (or any Yoga or Meditation  practice if you are or may be pregnant, have high blood pressure, any vascular, heart or other condition or issues in which this would be contraindicated)---as per my…Read More