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About those sun salutations…

About those sun salutations…

If you’ve ever been to a vinyasa class, you know about sun salutations. This 12-step flowing sequence is seen as a base on which to build the entire practice. It originated with Ashtanga Yoga, which was taught to Patthabhi Jois, who as a young man […]

Practicing Aparigraha during the holidays

Practicing Aparigraha during the holidays

In this season of excess, how can we practice aparigraha? This important yama teaches us to take only what we need, keep only what serves us in the moment, and to let go when the time is right.  Practicing aparigraha means non-hoarding, non-collecting, and letting go. […]

Moving forward after a loss

Moving forward after a loss

The other night I had a bad dream. I arrived at an airport, ready to embark on the trip of a lifetime. I had my suitcase full of clothes, but at the last moment, I realized I had forgotten everything else! I didn’t have my […]

Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness is the act of bringing awareness to the present moment. Many of us have difficultly staying fully present. Our thoughts wander back into our past, reliving events over and over. Sometimes our thoughts jump ahead into the future, and we worry about possible outcomes. […]

Chakra Clearing Meditation

Chakra Clearing Meditation

Here is a short meditation for Chakra Clearing. Enjoy. 

Gratitude Meditation

Gratitude Meditation

Gratitude changes our outlook on life, as well as how life looks out on us. Join me for this brief meditation on gratitude.     Sending gratitude to my teacher, Alanna Kaivalya, who taught me this meditation.  

Working through my depression

Working through my depression

I have been feeling depressed these past several weeks. And this depression seemed to come out of nowhere. It was alarming, actually, how suddenly it just washed over me, like a rogue tidal wave.    Usually an episode of depression is triggered by something. But I […]

Four Ways To Practice Mindful Eating

Four Ways To Practice Mindful Eating

I am always looking for ways to be more mindful. I have written about monotasking, mindful dog walking, and meditation (on a snow globe and in my own life). Here’s another way to bring mindfulness into your life: Mindful Eating.   Mindful Eating helps us to […]

Finding common ground and healing our country

Finding common ground and healing our country

Did you cheer when Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked to leave a restaurant this past weekend?   I didn’t. The incident left me feeling apprehensive, not vindicated. Because now it just becomes easier for everyone to do that.   Don’t get me wrong — every […]

7 ways to Celebrate the Summer Solstice

7 ways to Celebrate the Summer Solstice

Today, June 21, is the summer solstice — the longest day of the year. After today, the days gradually get shorter until the winter solstice on December 21, when the cycle turns again. In my yoga community, many studios celebrate the day with a practice […]