Seasonal Affective Disorder anxiety depression sadness tired winter yin yoga Nov 19, 2022

Hi everyone,

On the east coast of the US, where I live, the days are getting shorter and many of us are starting to feel the effects of less daylight.

The yin yoga sequence at the end of this blog post will bolster our inner light and hold space for the difficult feelings that naturally come up...

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How to get out of your head anxiety downward upward yin yoga Nov 19, 2022

Hi everyone,

If you're like billions of other people, you spend most of your day thinking.

Thinking serves us human beings SO well.

But too much thinking, especially without conscious movement breaks, can cause anxiety, headaches, and digestive distress. 

Through the yin yoga poses to...

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The Vagus Nerve anxiety vagus nerve yin yoga Nov 09, 2022

I love analogies. They help me understand complex and subtle topics so that I can feel more clear about a subject.

When it comes to the human body, there's SO much going on that it can be hard to understand what the heck is happening in there?!?!

Here's an analogy I came up with...

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Practice for Yourself. Practice for the World. anxiety healing wellbeing yin yoga Nov 09, 2022

Learning how to heal our anxiety is crucial - for our own health and wellbeing, as well as for the health and wellbeing of our children.

There is so much to be anxious about.

But thankfully, there are time-tested, holistic, and effective ways to work with anxiety.

All is not lost.

We are lucky...

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Befriend your anxiety with this yin yoga sequence acceptance anxiety love yin yoga Nov 09, 2022

What does it mean to befriend our anxiety?  I think it's natural to want anxiety to go away, right?

However - the only way to heal anxiety is to feel it.  To feel something, or relate to something, you have to have a friendly attitude toward it.

No more calling it "bad" or...

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Silence is the mother of invention meditation retreats silence Oct 18, 2022

You've probably heard that *other* proverb that comes from Plato (around 380 B.C.) that says "necessity is the mother of invention." 

But I disagree. I think SILENCE is the mother of invention.

I've seen over and over again that if I meditate or do yin yoga in a way where I...

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Wash away anxiety with this yin yoga sequence anxiety brain lymphatic fluid yin yoga Oct 15, 2022

There are so many wonderful, unique ways of working with anxiety in a holistic way.

Yin yoga is my personal favorite because of how it activates the right brain and can increase the flow of lymph around the entire brain. 

In the sequence below you'll see a list of 6 yin yoga postures that...

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Props You'll Need for Class Sep 20, 2022

Most people start my classes with 2 yoga blocks that they buy from Target or Marshalls, a thick, warm blanket that they already have at home, and a tennis ball. Those things will work fabulously for about 80% of the postures I'll teach you. However, there are some postures that require different,...

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My Favorite Kitchari Recipe Sep 19, 2022

Kitchari is a warm, easy-to-digest Ayurvedic staple food made with rice and lentils. It's the perfect food to eat when the weather starts to get cold and you want something comforting but not too heavy.

You could think of kitchari like the Indian equivalent of rice and beans, but made with spices...

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What is Somatic Meditation? interoception meditation somatic meditation Sep 16, 2022

The word somatic means embodied, or “relating to the body.” When we meditate in a somatic way, we pay attention to our body — not trying to change anything, or improve anything, but to observe and relax into whatever the felt experience of the body is that day. 

This...

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What is Yin Yoga? slowing down somatic yin yoga yoga Sep 16, 2022

Yin Yoga is a modern technique based on ancient practices that can be used to cultivate physical health and a spacious mind. It’s unique in that it looks at the body as a friend, rather than something to be conquered or controlled. 

Yin Yoga provides a daily self-care ritual for people...

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Fall Back into Yourself calm meditation relaxation self care self love Sep 16, 2022

There was a time, long ago, when I was sitting among 40 meditators and our teacher said "Fall back into yourself."

When I heard that phrase, my whole being relaxed.

Since then I've thought a lot about why the cue to fall back into yourself can be so helpful - not just for formal meditation...

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