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Take a seat. Do your best to make the seat as comfortable as possible. Now, notice that no matter how comfortable the seat is, at some point you will incline to get up from that seat. Some urge will strike you to get up and do something else or go somewhere else. And why shouldn’t you? You are free to “make that choice.” 
 
Or are you? Where did this urge come from? Why are you having it now? What is this other more important activity?

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Restorative Yoga: A 75-Minute Sequence to Soothe the Nervous System and Initiate the Relaxation Response

Restorative yoga is magical. It’s a simple practice of self-care that stimulates the relaxation response within the brain and the body. The relaxation response activates the parasympathetic nervous system, our... Read more
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Tame Your Mind: How to Be Mindful All the Time

I often get asked about how to remember to be mindful more of the time. How can we remember not only to be present more but to be compassionate, to drop into our bodies when we’re feeling difficult emotions,... Read more
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Restful Sleep: On Caffeine and Yoga

About 70 years ago a zoologist who studied spiders got tired of waking up at 5:00 am to watch them build their webs, so he asked his pharmacologist friend if he could drug the spiders to change their... Read more

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Your Body Clock: Are You in Sync?

Many years ago I had a student who was blind. He came to my afternoon yoga classes regularly and sometimes we got to talking about this and that. One time he mentioned that yoga helped him to keep a very... Read more

Yoga Focus and the Wandering Mind

What does it mean to be in a state of yoga? With so much attention given to yoga’s postures, it’s easy to lose sight that yoga is ultimately about the quality and action of our focus, rather than our ability... Read more
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Fight the Winter Blues - Free Online Yoga Sequence to Lift Your Mood

This winter has been long, cold, and icy for us - and, frankly, we're getting a little tired of it! So, instead of sitting around beating our heads against the wall, waiting for elusive spring to arrive, we... Read more
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Sympathetic vs. Parasympathetic Response: Balance Your “Body Budget”

I went skiing over the winter break and since I don’t do it very often or very well, every day on the slopes took a lot of effort. I could feel my body mobilizing its resources before every run: my heart rate... Read more

The Vagus Nerve in the Light of Yoga Philosophy - Polyvagal Theory and the 3 Gunas

Polyvagal Theory (PVT) has gained considerable attention among health professionals since a book of the same name was published in 2011 (1). Based on brain science, the theory describes how information... Read more
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The Yoga of Embodied Presence: Coming Home to the Body in a Stressed-Out World

As I wrap my attention around the breath moving in and moving out, I’m here right now. So simple to feel my abdomen rise on the inhalation and descend on the exhalation. So fresh to sense the coolness of in-... Read more
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Embodiment Is the New Xanax: 4 Reasons to Tune in Instead of Zoning Out

Everyone knows it’s important to get some downtime. But if your primary relaxation strategy is Netflix and/or alcohol, you may need an upgrade. Here are four reasons why kicking back with a bottle to binge... Read more