Yoga for equanimity

It’s been a full year since a dear friend succumbed to cancer. A longtime yoga student and generous soul, I was privileged to know her for 20 years. I think about her often. Even now, sometimes my mind has a hard time grasping her absence.

This friend was diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer more than a decade ago. She opted out of treatment due to a longstanding fear of Western medicine dating back to her childhood. Instead of undergoing treatment, she committed to eating better and exercising more to cure her cancer.

yoga for substance use disorder

Breaking the Cycle: How Yoga Can Help Heal Addiction

More than 24 million Americans struggle with either alcohol or drug abuse, according to a 2014 survey by The Substance Use and Mental Health Services. Chances are, someone you know and love is in that struggle... Read more
A Yogic Approach to Reframing Negative Thinking

Cognitive Reappraisal: A Yogic Approach to Reframing Negative Thinking

In Pixar’s movie Inside Out there is a scene where two characters travel on a “train of thought” and accidentally bump into two boxes spilling their contents on the floor. One had facts in it, and another had... Read more
Yoga for Anxiety

Yoga Can Be Helpful for Teens Suffering from Anxiety, Study Finds

A 14-year-old girl and her mother comes to see the family doctor, complaining about severe anxiety that is interfering with her ability to sleep, social interactions, and school. The mother explains that... Read more

Yoga and Positive Psychology: Calm the Complaining Mind

What do you really want? What makes you happy? What gives your life meaning? What are your strengths? I ask my clients these questions all the time and almost always they respond with a long silence followed... Read more
the five koshas

The 5 Koshas: How to Get Access to Yoga’s Inner Layers

The movie Cake follows the main character Clair (played by Jennifer Aniston) as she struggles with chronic pain that was a result of a bad car accident. Yet despite time and physical therapy Clair doesn’t seem... Read more

Vijnanamaya Kosha: Yoga to Awaken Your Wisdom Body

According to yogic tradition, koshas are a layered model that maps five interrelated, mutually interdependent levels, bodies, sheaths or “treasures” that are common to all humans. They are: Physical (... Read more

Sleep is a Superfood: How a Little Intention—and Some Yoga—Can Help You Get More

When it comes to dramatically improving health, reducing stress, and impacting the quality of life, sleep is a superfood! You can eat bowls and bowls of kale salad and speak to yourself kindly, but until you’... Read more

Empowered Thought: 4 Ways Yoga’s Wisdom Tradition Can Help You Change Your Thinking Patterns

What do you think is the most effective yogic tool for working with the intellectual mind? Is it meditation? Nope. Meditation helps you to observe and focus the mind, but not necessarily change it. To quote my... Read more

Yoga’s Qualities of the Heart: Kindness Toward Yourself

(This is the second installment of instructions on kindness practice. Read this post to familiarize yourself with the basics.) “You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving... Read more

Yoga for Addiction: 7 Ways Yoga Can Support Your Treatment Program

NOTE: Due to the sensitive nature of the subject and the need for anonymity of those in recovery, some names and identifying locations have been changed. Diane B. is a recovery success story. Yet even after 30... Read more