Welcome! It’s safe to land here.

Welcome! It’s safe to land here.

I recently had the opportunity to share Restorative Yoga with Mindful Magazine's Senior Editor, Kelle Walsh.

After our session we sat down to talk about -- the healing conditions that we cultivate for our body, mind and spirit - when we allow our bodies to be held, completely, by the support that is underneath our body and allow our breath to flow freely through us.

This meeting turned into a featured article in this month's Issue of Mindful Magazine. Here is just a short teaser of a deep and beautiful exploration of the practice that Kelle shares from her own experience.

The Magazine is available on newsstands all this month, and visit Mindful.org to practice a free soft belly breathing meditation with me.

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A Meditation To Welcome Spring

A Meditation To Welcome Spring

It would be an amazing experiment to witness the changes this Yang energy creates every day. For instance, if you were to scoop up some soil from the ground today, and then every day until say May 1, it would be remarkable to observe the it metamorphoses from contracted, dense, dry, and brittle earth into moist, malleable, fragrant dirt; pulsating with insects and juicy vegetation of all kinds. 

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Land. Arrive And Relax into the New Year.

Land. Arrive And Relax into the New Year.

Tension has a psycho-neurological component. We need to realize that our bodies respond to everything we hear and experience around us, as well as to what we think and experience on the inside. Every time we don’t feel okay about something, we tense up in our body and it doesn’t release until we feel grounded, slow down, take a deep breath, and soften our body. Our tension can be from an hour ago or a decade ago. What makes a difference is how we meet our tension.

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Free Home Practice Online: Release Tension, Reconnect To Your Breath & Wellbeing

Free Home Practice Online: Release Tension, Reconnect To Your Breath & Wellbeing

In Yoga and Ayurveda we believe that digestion is the cornerstone of good health; everything that is taken in must be chewed and broken down. We must be able to assimilate that which will contribute to our wellbeing and release that which would become toxic if built up. We also know that complete digestion can only happen when our bodies and minds are ‘safe’ to Rest and Digest (parasympathetic nervous system); when we are relaxed, warm, and relatively content. When we are not in this state, when we are stressed, our bodies pause all digestive functions and instead focus on the potential need to ‘Fight, Flee, or Freeze’ (sympathetic nervous system).

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A Perfect Autumn Practice: The Supple Psoas Sequence.

A Perfect Autumn Practice: The Supple Psoas Sequence.

Known as the stress muscle, a tight psoas can contribute to feeling irritable, restrict your breathing, and be the underlying cause of pain in your low back, hips, and even digestive system. When at in a more malleable state, this same muscle can leave you feeling grounded yet buoyant and spacious. And when free from unnecessary tension and congestion the psoas is also known as the love muscle.

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A Little + Often = A Lot.

A Little + Often = A Lot.

Creating space is different from “letting things go.” I once believed I needed to let go of certain things, because I thought the stuff I was holding on to must be “bad” parts of me. That perspective reinforced the idea that I had to get rid of something or I wouldn’t be okay. It felt like a little war was going on inside me.

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