1. Resolve to Be Resilient in 2018–5 Hints to Creating the Habits that Heal

     “Loving ourselves calls us to give up the illusion that we can control everything and focuses us on building our inner resource of resilience.” ― Sharon Salzberg, Real Love: The Art of Mindful Connection(1) The practices of Yoga and meditation are tried and true in their benefits to our health and well-being. We can find research to validate this statement across many the many dimensions…Read More

  2. Gratitude and Grace—Giving Thanks for Everything?!?

    "Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond."  Rumi  13th century Persian poet Yogis, meditation practitioners and travelers along the path toward healing of self have likely explored the concept of and practice of gratitude along they way. At this time of year especially much is written about the importance of having or practicing gratitude. One particular…Read More

  3. The Ground of Healing—Remembering the Deeper Benefits of Yoga and Meditation

    “Balance arises when we enter with mercy and awareness areas that have been withdrawn from in fear and anger.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  Don’t just do something, sit there!”  Anonymous  Despite the recent explosion of Yoga in our consciousness, our busy lives continue to conspire to keep us harried, …Read More

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. The Yoga of Gratitude–Appreciating and Creating the LIfe You Love

    “As within, so without. As above, so below” Hermes Trismegistus, author of Hermetic Corpus Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow. Melody Beattie This is the time of year we here in the United States we take a day to celebrate Thanksgiving, Beyond the specific story behind our holiday this can be an opportunity to celebrate to power of grat…Read More

  9. Overcoming Obsatcles on the the Way—-Discovering Freedom and Joy in Yoga From Inside Out

    When we do not expect anything we can be ourselves. That is our way, to live fully in each moment of time. Shunryu Suzki The aims and goals we bring to Yoga for any of us may differ in so many ways. Weight loss, physical flexibility, strength, help with mental stress or physical pain or other difficulties are common areas of concern. It continues to amaze me how Yoga can help with so many disparat…Read More

  10. A Heart Centered Breath To Become Calm, Cool and Collected

    This breath practice is adapted from Kundalini Yoga and is a variant of sitali pranayama. Many Yogis believe this practice may help with issues related to the effects of stress, calm anxiety, help mitigate unhelpful cravings and help you in attempting to quit smoking. ***To practice: *Sit in a comfortable position, either cross-legged on the floor or in a chair, spine straight, the shoulders rela…Read More