Read Now! Practices For More Compassion, Gratitude, And Digestion Today

Read Now! Practices For More Compassion, Gratitude, And Digestion Today

For those of you gathering with a family member that tends to ‘rile’ you up. Here is a little practice, so you can open your heart, when you have the impulse to do the opposite. A visualization practice, Metta meditation, that can change your day, and leaving you feeling grateful when you least expect it.

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Three Little Moves Bring Big Loving Changes

Three Little Moves Bring Big Loving Changes

Write down ANYTHING that comes to mind - from your morning coffee to your yoga practice. From your puppy to your evolving consciousness. From your partner to the teacher that changed your life. It doesn't matter how small or big - just create a daily habit of bringing to mind what you love. After you write. Pause for a few breaths and notice how you feel when you bring to mind, what you love

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The Secret to Beginning Again as We Prepare For Rebirth and Renewal

The Secret to Beginning Again as We Prepare For Rebirth and Renewal

As we enter this season of rebirth, we naturally grow more attentive to what we may want to cultivate and grow. With this in mind, I recently read The Top Five Regrets of the Dying, a collection of the most common regrets of the dying, written by a palliative nurse. It’s not surprising to see what made the list, as they are all things that touch each of our lives as we struggle to pay attention to and make time for things that we truly love.

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A Gift to Help You Practice Moving Into The Heart All Month

A Gift to Help You Practice Moving Into The Heart All Month

When we practice, we feel better in our bodies and mind. When we are more grounded, relaxed and present, it ups the odds that we will not only feel better about our selves and our lives, but we will have a more kind and peaceful presence in the world.  This is good for our families, loved ones, friends, co workers... really everyone we come in to contact with. So in a very real way, your time on the mat helps make the planet a more peaceful place. This means, your time on the mat - makes my family's world a better place. So, personally, I truly thank you! 

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How To Light Up An Ordinary Day

How To Light Up An Ordinary Day

My birthday is June 8th, and my son William's is July 30th! He turns 12 Today! 

When William was about to turn three, he took celebration to a whole new level.

At my birthday dinner, William (anaphylactic to gluten), tasted a magnificent flourless chocolate truffle cake. Instantly, he was enamored with the sweetness of celebration! He asked, to prepare for his birthday to come, "could we have a party every day?"

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Wander, Wonder, and Expand Into Summer

Wander, Wonder, and Expand Into Summer

As the summer's playful light expands, we have the opportunity to stretch own capacity for lightheartedness. For starters, it helps greatly to get out side more. Yoga doesn't have to be practiced on your mat, in your postures. 

Yoga means "union," to yoke  uniting our mind, body, and spirit with each other and the environment  connecting fully with each moment. Sometimes, being in nature can help you reach this union more effortlessly. With summer in full swing, it is a perfect time to be outdoors and bring a yogic approach to any activity you choose

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Lighten UP with MEDITATION

Lighten UP with MEDITATION

There was a study that demonstrated that with regular mindfulness practices, the electrical brain activity shifted from right to left, "left-sided anterior activation," including a transition to more positive emotional states. 

Simply put, meditation can up the odds you will feel lighter, brighter. 

This is in fact, my personal experience.  I have been practicing meditation regularly since the early '90s, but my first introduction to meditation was as a 9 year old, when my mother dragged my entire family to Transcendental Meditation (T.M.).

 

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Welcoming 2015 Without a Bang

Welcoming 2015 Without a Bang

For many the 'Drop of the Ball' has long been an alarm-bell to ‘fix’ what we don't like about ourselves, or so we will feel better.  We resolve to be thinner, healthier, wealthier, more ambitious, more confident, etc. 

However, our urge to 'change' ourselves, or our conditions, is often driven by a deeper unconscious desire to avoid, cover up, or numb out what we are really feeling. For instance, let me tell you a little bit about my annual urge to cut bangs. 

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Easy Ways to Slow Down, Do Less, and Rejuvenate

Easy Ways to Slow Down, Do Less, and Rejuvenate

If I had it my way this month, I’d spend less time ‘out in the world’ and more time in my pajamas cuddled up on the couch in front of my fireplace. And why shouldn’t I? All of nature is doing it!

Throughout winter, the Earth contracts, stops producing, and slows down to allow its inner energy reserve to accumulate. When winter thaws, this stored energy bursts into spring, allowing the earth to produce abundantly again. Like the Earth, we too go through cycles of contraction and expansion. We need to slow down and pull in so that we replenish our energy instead of depleting our reserves during this vulnerable time of year.

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Double Your Pleasure: Practice Yoga Off the Mat

Double Your Pleasure: Practice Yoga Off the Mat

Yoga doesn't have to be practiced on your mat, in your postures. Yoga means 'union', to yoke - uniting our mind, body, and spirit with each other and the universe - connecting fully with each moment. Sometimes, being in nature can help you reach this union more effortlessly. 

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