1. Making Your Resolutions Last: Creating Community to Become Your Best in 2019

    “Alone, we can do so little; together, we can do so much” – Helen Keller(1) As we begin this season of resolutions and renewal, optimism about making a healthful or other positive change may be mixed with doubt or skepticism. The enthusiasm that sets us on the path to our goals can be a great starting point toward overcoming those negative thoughts that could undermine us before we even begi…Read More

  2. Cool, Calm, and Focused — Ujjayi Breath for Victory Over Stress

    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, Hatha Yoga Pradipika(1) Ujjayi means victory and in Yoga, victory refers to gaining inner freedom and mastery over ourselves. Ujjayi can be a practice that supports re-gaining control and focus …Read More

  3. Cultivating Gratitude and Space For The Healing Silence Within

    Can you coax the mind from its wandering and keep to the original oneness? Can you let your body become supple as a newborn child's? Can you cleanse your inner vision until you see nothing but the light? … Lao Tze, from the Tao te Ching, Chapter 10, Translated by Stephen Mitchell(1) As I write this on "Black Friday", one of the busiest days for the year, as well as the cusp of the busiest time…Read More

  4. Getting Rid of Tension with Long Sat Nam Meditation

    “Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.” Gautama Buddha(1) Taking time for ourselves in this season can take many forms. Certainly a consistent approach, however simple and brief, can begin the process of toward helping us move through the many moods and attitudes that obscure our experience of the peace that is within. “Long Sat Nam”** is a very simple and potent meditation pra…Read More

  5. Holiday Possibilities—5 Ways Yoga Can Help Us Thrive in Stressful Times

    In order to carry a positive action, we must develop here a positive vision. – The Dalai Lama(1) It may seem early to say this but the holidays are coming up sooner than we think! Whether this statement produces anticipation or dread is more a matter of our choices and attitude than many believe. Of course, there are seemingly endless obligations and duties, added expenses and that dreaded “co…Read More

  6. Backwards Breathing–A Soothing Breath for Belly and Back

    Low back trouble, digestion or elimination problems? Here a simple breathing and imagery exercise to help soothe and relax you. ***Most Yogic breathing emphasizes techniques are designed to move prana(vital energy) to energize and fuel asana(posture and meditative) practices. When using breath in a more targeted way we can address the specific component(Vayu or wind) of energy that moves within di…Read More

  7. Hanging on…. Keeping Yoga In Chaotic Times

    “Much of [Yoga/Meditation] practice is remembering, remembering the breath, remembering to be mindful, remembering our true nature and remembering the space it is all floating in” Stephen Levine, from “Guided Meditations, Explorations, and Healings”, Anchor Books, p172 Sometimes the difference between an agitated and stressful experience and one of calm, ease and even joy can be to "take a…Read More

  8. Wiser Ways Toward Wellness: The Yoga of Caring For Ourselves Across the Seasons of Life

    We are in a continual healing cycle. We are such perfect machines, that our body and mind are healing as we breath and as our hearts beat. While we sleep, our bodies are free to do their job. Most of the time, though, the healing process needs our conscious help. In order to keep our bodies and minds operating in their top form, we need to do a lot of work ourselves.(1)                   …Read More

  9. Keep It Growing–Yoga for the Rest of Your Life

    "The Only Constant is Change"         Common traditional Buddhist Axiom, One of the most amazing aspects of a vital Yoga and meditation practice is realizing its ability to evolve to serve our needs and goals throughout the lifespan. As our needs change with age or other circumstances, so may what we do to meet them. Over the last few years the discipline of Yoga itself has changed beyond imag…Read More

  10. 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