Category Archives: Mindfulness

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

Mindfulness Helps Us Cultivate the Positive

Ten Ways to Bring More Joy Into Your Life What images or ideas do you have when you think about practicing mindfulness? Do you picture a quiet setting where someone is sitting with her eyes closed? Sitting for long periods of time without moving? Doing nothing and/or being bored? If so, I’d like to give

The Joy of Mindful Eating

The experience of tasting starts long before you put food in your mouth. Let’s take chocolate as an example. If you pay attention, you can notice what emotions are present when you reach for a piece of chocolate or find yourself in the chocolate aisle at the store. What draws you to one piece of

How Mindful Eating Transforms Our Lives

I love to teach mindful eating because I get to witness how the act of eating can become the doorway to enlightenment! While that might sound a bit lofty, it is truer than you might think. So, let’s think about it a moment. When you eat, you are bringing your whole body, heart, and mind

January is World Mindful Eating Month

During World Mindful Eating Month, The Center for Mindful Eating (TCME) will share daily social media inspirational posts along with practical exercises that explore 2019’s theme of “Stepping into Mindful Eating.”  Why not take your first steps into mindful eating or re-vitalize your current mindful eating practice by joining others around the globe? Now is

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

Making Meditation Happen

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

Introduction to Meditation 4 Week Series

Tuesdays, 7:00-8:00 pm October 9 – 30, 2018 alleyCat Yoga Center, Columbia, MO Meditation is a timeless practice with a wide spectrum of benefits. Put simply, meditation is a practice in which we train our minds to maintain a steady focus in order to strengthen our attention, deepen our awareness, and cultivate happiness, well-being, and

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

Mindful and Intuitive Eating –Ending the Struggle with Food and Your Body

In a couple of weeks, I’ll begin meeting with people from around the world (online) to begin a ten week journey of mindful and intuitive eating. This journey is not just about food, but it’s about your entire life. Who you are as a person shows up at the dinner table, so when you learn