Do you think of “calm” and “holidays” in the same sentence? Probably not. In fact, often the holiday season becomes filled with obligations, unmet expectations and stressful demands. The American Psychological Association reports that holiday stress has a particular impact on women, due to their tendency to take on much of the responsibility for preparing
The holidays are almost upon us and by the end of the year, I often hear people tell me that they need to start some better habits around food and their bodies. The beginning of the year is certainly a great time to reconsider the choices you make and whether they align with your goals
Our busy modern lifestyles can create a sense of imbalance in our bodies, heart, and minds. In our bodies, we can begin to get aches and pains because of being hunched over a computer, a report, our phones, or books all day long. Our shoulders hunch forward so much that it begins to be a
I have taught many people to begin meditating; and I am aware that there are a LOT of misperceptions about what it is and isn’t. Because I have found the practice so very beneficial in my life, I have spent my entire career helping people overcome their misperceptions so that they, too, can reap the
Fall is in the air today in Massachusetts. I’m spending this week at the Kripalu Yoga Center as part of my 300 hour yoga teacher training on Meditation as Transformational Practice and Advanced Asana (postures). Suffice it to say, I am paying a LOT of attention to my body as I move through the yoga
I went to see the movie Bridget Runs a Marathon this past weekend. It is a movie that is distinctly flawed–lacking a “health at every size” perspective and falling prey to healthism and fat phobia. (for more on that read here https://www.runnersworld.com/runners-stories/a28787943/overcoming-obstacles-brittany-runs-a-marathon/. But, it did result in reflection about the role of mindful intentions in our
Living a cling-free life is not about giving up, being discouraged, or being apathetic. It does not mean that change doesn't hurt, sometimes deeply. Letting go of clinging to life staying the same when, in fact, it is always changing is the only sane solution. Be open to the life that is actually happening and live in a world of unlimited possibility. This is the path to freedom.
This morning when my bottom hit the meditation cushion, my mind began to churn a not-so- happy story about the night before. In this story, my husband, Bud, was the villain. For a little context, I had been sleeping by myself for four nights up until last night because Bud was out of town on
Celebrating Life: A Kripalu Yoga and Mindfulness Retreat; February 1 - 8, 2020, EARLY BIRD SPECIAL until May 31, 2019.
I made myself sit today. It wasn’t an option. I was going to sit there whether I liked it or not. It’s not always like this. But, the last couple of days have taken all the skill developed over years of meditation practice to make it happen. If you want to develop a daily meditation