The Question For Yoga Teachers

How has your yoga teaching, practice or both changed in the last five years? Some of us were taught to spiritualize pain in the postures. That our yoga is about what we can do or what it looks like. That alignment or gurus are unquestionable. The authoritarian system may have made us feel bad, shamed, … Continue reading The Question For Yoga Teachers

Grief In The Body: Taking Up Space (photos)

Grief can overwhelm us with a tsunami of sensations, emotions, and thoughts that leave us physically exhausted, feeling comatose or dead, and moving through life in a body that feels, moves, and even breathes differently than before they died. Often we push our grief down, make it small, hidden, or act like it doesn't exist … Continue reading Grief In The Body: Taking Up Space (photos)

Behind The Scenes: The Grief Practice Book

I find myself in an awkward spot these days, a few months out from self-publishing my second book. I am afraid to fail and I am afraid to succeed. That's how I know I'm right where I should be. This book has had a life of its own. There have been major delays, hiccups, crash … Continue reading Behind The Scenes: The Grief Practice Book

Mother’s Day Tribute Practice

“One of the things this society is most deficient in is safe spaces for truth-telling about the condition of our souls.” – Parker Palmer Last Mother’s Day, as an alternative to the typical Mother’s Day celebrations, I offered a commemorative yoga practice at my local yoga studio to honor the mothers who are no longer … Continue reading Mother’s Day Tribute Practice

Restoring the BodyMind Through Yoga

Early on in my yoga practice I would often experience an emotional reaction during corpse pose (savasana). Lying still, I would get a lump in my throat and suddenly find tears quietly rolling down my cheeks. I didn’t know it at the time, but my yoga practice was releasing long-held grief from my body. When … Continue reading Restoring the BodyMind Through Yoga

Everyday Enlightenment

At yoga recently the teacher suggested this intention for our practice: I will not take things personally. This didn’t really resonate with me, so I chose an intention that rang more true to me: I will take things personally. As in I will get up close and personal with my dreams, my loves, my life … Continue reading Everyday Enlightenment

4 Ways to Go Deeper in Yoga

I attended an amazing yoga teacher training a couple years ago. Among the many things I learned from it was this: A yoga teacher training may deepen your knowledge of yoga, but only you can deepen your practice of yoga. That deepening, sifting, observing, and growing happens subtly, over time, and often through your own … Continue reading 4 Ways to Go Deeper in Yoga

The Secret to Staying Free

My chiropractor once shared with me that he took part in a study that observed what happened to the bones after a chiropractic adjustment. What he saw was that 30 minutes after being adjusted the muscles pulled the bones back into their old, incorrect spot. Then 30 minutes later the muscles moved the bones back … Continue reading The Secret to Staying Free

Tap into Your Life Force to Re-Energize

"A yogini is a professional of the interior landscape, an expert conservationist of the vital life force, Prana." -Tenzin Palmo Maha Prana, or the “great Prana,” is that vital life force. I think of it as my raw aliveness. Many of us first experience Maha Prana on our yoga mats. If you’ve ever been unable … Continue reading Tap into Your Life Force to Re-Energize

4 Bedtime Poses to Help You Sleep

30 percent of adults have symptoms of insomnia. 5,000 to 6,000 fatal crashes each year may be caused by drowsy drivers. Sleep disorders are associated with heart disease, stroke, diabetes, obesity, cancer and high blood pressure. At the end of the day our minds are often wired while our bodies are tight and fatigued. "Active relaxation" … Continue reading 4 Bedtime Poses to Help You Sleep