As a cup-is-always-half-full, silver-lining, eternal-optimist type of gal, the phrase NEW YEAR, NEW YOU makes me cringe. As much as I love the idea of a New Year, New You, from an Eastern Medicine perspective, it’s misleading and impossible. It implies you haven’t been YOU all this time in 2015, 2016, 2017...and poof, all … Continue reading How to make 2018 the most badass yet
In many ways this meditation practice is really a blessing. You bless yourself, another, your community or family, and then all beings everywhere. It's a simple practice, easy to follow, and effective.
In yoga, the personal practices toward uncovering one's true nature, self inquiry (svadhyaya) is a very powerful tool for releasing anything that disturbs the mind, especially feelings of fear, frustration, worry, jealousy, hate, and attachment to name a few. The practice of self inquiry and self reflection have been very powerful tools in my own life and have played a major role in my own physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual healing.
Whether you like it or not it’s the time of giving. Giving gifts, giving your time to family, shopping, traffic, going to obligatory work functions, holiday parties and giving your immune system an extra test with travel. Unfortunately, if you're not careful and give too much, you end up sick, stressed out, overwhelmed, and the … Continue reading Gift Yourself this Holiday Season
When the hustle and bustle of the holiday season grabs you by the arm, neck, throat, or well, you know what, rather than fight back, smile at it this year and say, “Thank you.” Huh? Thank you??? Yep, “Thank You!” with a big smile of course. With this week being Thanksgiving we are constantly being … Continue reading Gratitude as an Act of Devotion
At some point during my studies in Yoga, Oriental Medicine, Hawaiian Healing and Ayurveda a teacher once shared with me, “Until you can see Love in all things, until you can Love all people, you’re not ready to practice this medicine.” I remember being floored, my gut turned inside out (at the time, not good … Continue reading What “yoga is” to me.
Another blog I wrote on February 15, 2008. It seems just as relevant now as before, except technology has advanced to the nth degree. May you find some "aha" moments nonetheless. Ancient Wisdom reminds us, “What we see on the outside is a direct mirror reflection of the inside.” I sat on a Friday night, … Continue reading Computer Age or Human Age?
Yoga is a Sanskrit word meaning “Yoke” or "Union." Yoga, as we know it in the west, is a physical practice of moving the body in a variety of postures, known as asana. At the end of your class, sometimes sweaty, sometimes very gentle and restorative, you will lie on your back known as savasana for … Continue reading What is Yoga?