The Heart Whisperer: Sweet Breath

The Heart Whisperer: Sweet Breath

I've used variations of this practice for years and it is very effective for helping to create a tactile experience, a somatic experience, of what it feels like to sit with a soft, unguarded heart center.  It brings us back and forth between physically posturing ourselves so our chest oscillates between over closing and over opening. 

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3 Short Practices to Instantly Lift Energy, Mood, and Circulartion

3 Short Practices to Instantly Lift Energy, Mood, and Circulartion

Yoga always places a high value on purification of body and mind at all levels, but especially in spring as we need to release the ‘sludge and heaviness’ of winter.  It is a time to stimulate and revitalize the liver and large intestines; to release toxins and brighten up. To do this, we can and incorporate warming flows, twists, side leans, and inversions. Build heat gradually to help generate sweat and detoxify our bodies. 

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Here Is How To Feel More Connected And Calm Right Now

Here Is How To Feel More Connected And Calm Right Now

To connect and check-in with my students, I have long began all of my yoga classes offering the general opening question,  "How are you today?"  When one student shares an answer, many others in the classroom agree that they feel similarly.

I am sure you will not be surprised to know that this month (season, year), responses often included sense of overwhelm. Last week, one student responded to my opening question, "I feel like I've been holding my breath for a really long time."

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Breath Easy: Techniques for health and happiness

Breath Easy: Techniques for health and happiness

As you probably know, yoga can greatly enhance the quality of your breathing. We feel so good on the days we practice not only because we open our bodies and center our minds; but because we become more conscious of our breathing, which increases the flow of oxygen and Prana in our system. 

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Instant Renewal: Breathe Into The Fresh, New, Now

Instant Renewal: Breathe Into The Fresh, New, Now

Breathing is our connection to Life!

Even Science is supporting the wonders of the breath. The FDA has approved breath-training as a recognized treatment for hypertension, and there are thousands of research reports stating that conscious breathing reduces the negative effects of stress, relieves anxiety, depression and chronic fatigue, helps manage fear, phobias, shock and grief, improves concentration, and increases one’s sense of wellbeing.

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WILLIAM 101: Love Is In the Air

WILLIAM 101: Love Is In the Air

Mohonk Mountain House is a three-mile drive up a beautiful, winding, narrow and sometimes heart rate inducing, mountain road. For almost a decade I've been leading retreats at Mohonk.  And, while it’s long been one of my favorite places, I often wondered how an emergency is handled when you’re three miles up a mountain.  One April, several years ago, I found out. 

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