When a panic attack becomes a gift.

When a panic attack becomes a gift.

I came to learn that inside, I held buried feelings that came from growing up with a chronically ill and volatile father. I just was not aware of how deeply I was holding onto things...until I had the panic attack. What seemed to have happened, was that the trauma of losing my sister-in-law, who was around my age and a lot like me, was a trigger event for facing the vulnerability that I'd been suppressing for so long. 

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Ready to Feel Deeply Renewed? Join me at the beautiful Omega Institute for a yoga and nature retreat

Ready to Feel Deeply Renewed? Join me at the beautiful Omega Institute for a yoga and nature retreat

Join me at the beautiful Omega Institute for a three-day yoga and nature retreat and return to your daily life feeling more calm, clear and open.

May 31st - June 2nd 2019 | Omega Institute Rhinebeck, NY

I am so excited to be leading my premier three-day retreat at Omega. I have been teaching yoga annually at Omega since 1998 during Pema Chodron's retreats. For 20 years I have soaked up the healing energy of Omega's lush woodlands and beautiful gardens, savored nourishing meals, relaxed in hammocks, delighted in meeting new friends, received deeply healing bodywork, and felt embraced by the mindful welcoming community.

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Restorative Yoga may be slow and still. But it is not always 'easy'. Learn to teach or practice more deeply with me.

Restorative Yoga may be slow and still. But it is not always 'easy'. Learn to teach or practice more deeply with me.

Restorative Yoga is a practice of allowing ourselves to unfurl, unwind, untangle - deep habitual holdings is a very advanced practice.

In restorative yoga we learn to relax all muscular effort, allow our body to land on the earth completely and our breath to flow freely. Then, if we find that we are still holding ourselves up somewhere, we relax all over again... and again... and again...

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It’s not a matter of faith. It’s a matter of practice.

It’s not a matter of faith. It’s a matter of practice.

But the truth is over the past couple of months, I've had a hard time envisioning what a "50th" celebration for me should look like. While am feel happy and excited to mark this occasion, I have also been feeling more quiet and 'relaxed' than I expected.  I've mainly just been counting my blessings - most specifically the blessings of my family, friends, and teachers - those who have supported me, and loved me through my day to day moments, transitions, celebrations and challenges... those who have helped me grow and create a deeper connection to myself and the experience of being alive.

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How Do You Know When It Rings True?

How Do You Know When It Rings True?

I know it’s ironic. I have been suffering from a severe inner ear condition since December, and the title of my recent book is Deep Listening.

Lately, the deepest listening I’ve been doing has been to my new teacher, Tinnitus. Ugh. Not only has my hearing been greatly affected (everything is underwater and muffled ), but I’ve also been trying to relax with intense bouts of pain and pressure in my ears and eyes.

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I Can Remember My First Savasana Like It Was Yesterday

I Can Remember My First Savasana Like It Was Yesterday

I can not believe the time has final come... my book launches Tuesday, October 10! And, while Deep Listening is a culmination my almost 25 year of practice, I can remember my first savasana like it was yesterday.

It was a Monday evening, I was walking home from my marketing job at St. Martin’s Press and I passed a small metal sign affixed to the side of a building, just as I had hundreds of times before. I’d always noticed that sign: it read “Yoga Zone” in a font that used swirly circles for the letters. It was 1994 and there were probably only five yoga studios in all of Manhattan, and this was one of them.

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Learning to Relax Into Who We Truly Are

Learning to Relax Into Who We Truly Are

It's important to be heroic, ambitious, productive, efficient, creative, and progressive, but these qualities don't necessarily nurture soul. The soul has different concerns, of equal value: downtime for reflection, conversation, and reverie; beauty that is captivating and pleasuring; relatedness to the environs and to people; and any animal’s rhythm of rest and activity.

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