The snow is coming down and the temperatures are as well. There is no day above freezing in the forecast any day in the near future. I am dreaming of palm trees and a warm tropical breeze blowing through my hair. I am supposed to be in Costa Rica right now teaching a yoga and
Join me in the New Year and learn how to harness the body’s powerful healing energies for health and wellbeing. This past summer I completed an EMYoga (energy medicine yoga) Teacher Certification with Lauren Walker and I have prepared a four week series of some of the basic techniques to help get you started. After
Practicing mindfulness of the body can happen in many ways. We practice when we move, eat, sleep, rest, and play. Moving the body mindfully is just one of the lens that we practice mindfulness and it enhances and improves our relationship to the body when we eat. Being aware of the body, in general, translates
Every summer for many years, alleyCat Yoga practitioners have embarked upon an early morning ritual of practice at sunrise (6:00 – 7:15 a.m.) for 21 days straight. And this year anyone from around the world can take the class LIVE ONLINE over Zoom. Why on earth would someone do that, you might ask? Answer: Because
A strategy that parents use (for better or worse) when children misbehave is to ground them from engaging in the activities that they enjoy. Getting grounded means you are usually forbidden to leave home, except to go to school, church, the doctor, or to other essential activities. Sound familiar? Although it did not result from
I am the kind of gal who likes to cram a lot into a day and into life. But, I notice that sometimes busyness is an impediment to peace, rest, and self-reflection. And, it can even happen in places and at time when the purpose of my days are to slow down and ease into
Many people have become disconnected from their bodies from the neck down, choosing instead to reside only in the top floor—namely their heads. This situation is problematic on many levels. Problems are rarely solved and emotions are rarely quelled through dwelling in the unrelenting thoughts that torture you. However, by dropping down into the rest of your body and placing your attention on the sensations below the neck, you reduce the attentional capacity available to focus on the thoughts that are creating the despair.
Home has mostly positive connotations for people. It might not be the home that you grew up in but the home that you have created for yourself. Either way, we seek to create a home that gives us a sense of peace, comfort, and familiarity. We like to have something that we can count on.
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
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