Category Archives: mindful yoga

A Deeper Look at the Practice of “Non-Stealing”

The ethical practice of not stealing can be found in every spiritual tradition I’ve ever studied. The first one I learned was “Thou shalt not steal” from the ten commandments.  The second precept of Buddhism asks you to “undertake the training to abstain from taking what is not given.” And Asteya or “non-stealing” is one

Eight Ways to Create Peace

This week in the yoga classes I teach, I have been talking about the ethical practice of non-violence, or Ahimsa as it’s called in Sanskrit. Non-violence is at the heart of the teachings in yoga and provides the foundation for the other guidelines. Regardless of its historical or religious underpinnings, I think most people would

Early Bird Special: Kripalu Yoga in Costa Rica!!

Celebrating Life: A Kripalu Yoga and Mindfulness Retreat; February 1 - 8, 2020, EARLY BIRD SPECIAL until May 31, 2019.

Mindful Yoga For the Soul

Pay attention to the sensations of your breath and your body. When the mind wanders to a thought (or something else), gently but firmly bring your attention back to experience of breathing and the sensations of the body. Bringing a kind and compassion attention to the present moment. Repeat over and over again. These are

Becoming One With a Palm Tree

At the end of a week-long yoga and mindfulness retreat, I was standing outside the yoga room looking out over the expanse of the canyon that lies outside of San Jose, Costa Rica. There was a light wind blowing, as is often the case in the mountains at this time of the year. There were

Yoga and Meditation Retreat: Mindfulness In Action

Saturday, October 6, 9 am -4:00 pm Daylong Retreat at Unity Center, 1600 West Broadway, Columbia, MO “Know yourself so well that you will grow into your wholeness and greatness.” Catharine Larsen “I have always been a seeker and I still am, but I stopped asking the books and the stars. I started listening to

Mindfully Moving into the Heart

Mindfulness meditation and yoga have both given me lots of practice at slowing down and paying attention to the effects of being too busy, in a hurry, and striving too hard. These mindfulness practices have also given me tools for shifting my relationship to the present moment so that I can include within it the

Mindful Yoga Makes You Smile – Join Me On the Mat!

This February after I completed a week-long Kripalu yoga retreat in Costa Rica, I was on cloud nine. This was my fourth time attending and co-teaching this retreat and the combination of yoga, companionship, sunshine, and beautiful flora were a cocktail of endorphins, dopamine, and serotonin—all hormones that lead to greater happiness.  Back home, I

Moving into Stillness

Last weekend I attended a wonderful yoga retreat led by Tias Little, founder of Prajna Yoga, called Stillness in Motion.  It reminded me how lovely it is to engage in yoga in a way that supports movement into stillness, compassion, and care.  Many yoga classes seem to focus more on physical fitness and perfection of